Brady meets new Bucs teammates for workout
Tom Brady isn't letting the coronavirus pandemic - or NFL rules against players working out at team facilities - keep him from preparing for a new season with his new Tampa Bay team.
Brady gathered some of his Buccaneers teammates on a high school field early on Tuesday for a throwing session.
Brady wore a Buccaneers helmet and an orange jersey over his shoulder pads.
The informal, players-only workout at Berkeley Preparatory School lasted two hours, according to The Tampa Bay Times.
It's not unusual for quarterbacks to organise passing workouts before training camp, but the pandemic has changed normal routines.
Teams have had to rely on virtual meetings instead of traditional off-season programs as the NFL tries to make plans for a 2020 season, possibly without fans at stadiums.
Because of the pandemic, which has forced social distancing and sheltering at home as the new rules, any gathering of players is notable - especially one involving Brady, a six-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots.
Brady, 42, signed a two-year, $US50 million contract with the Bucs in March.
After signing with the Bucs, Brady asked for phone numbers of his teammates. He apparently made use of that list to organise the workout.
It was an encouraging sign for fans on the same day NFL teams began opening facilities to a limited number of personnel.
The facilities are still off-limits for coaches and players, except for players undergoing injury rehabilitation.
Though he's the newcomer, Brady was in charge, according to the newspaper. Brady walked through a route with receiver Mike Evans, demonstrating for the veteran and other players exactly where to make their cuts.
Teams cannot organise such workouts, and the Buccaneers did not publicise Tuesday's session.