Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians Talks Tom Brady Following First Padded Practice
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is apparently “right where he needs to be” following his first padded practice on Monday, according to Bucs’ head coach Bruce Arians.
“I think he answered that question the first day” Arians said, according to ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “I think he was dropping 60-yard dimes. Our job is to make sure he maintains that strength and not overwork it because he’s an over-worker.”
Thus far, Brady has been everything Arians expected, but while he is still adjusting to a new offense, and teammates, Brady still managed to impress.
“Everything I expected” Arians said.
“He’s still learning some guys. He was a little bit hesitant on a throw with a young receiver today — they got their hands on it. He’s throwing to the right guy all the time.”
“The 7-on-7 is what it’s supposed to look like — completion after completion. In the blitz drills, he’s seeing how we call it, how we protect it. He’s doing a real good job with his hots and sights. He’s right where he needs to be. I’m not worried about him.”
Brady not only impressed his new head coach, but also his new teammates with his arm, particularly his quick release.
You’re not lying,” Bucs veteran linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul said. “The ball comes out very quick, very fast.”
Arians also spoke about the change in climate for Brady, who is adjusting to the Florida heat after spending his entire career in the Northeast with the New England Patriots.
“He’s probably in ‘New England shape’ right now” Arians joked.
“He’s not ‘Florida shape.’ The heat’s kicking his ass pretty good. It’s different, man. When you train in New England and then come down here, it’s really different. We laughed about it out there today — I don’t think he’s ever sweat that much in his life. It takes a little time to get into the Florida shape, but as far as playing in a game, he’s more than ready right now.”