BOSTON (CBS) — Fans of the New England Patriots don’t usually cheer when their quarterback gets picked off, but that’s just one of the many interesting parts of an NFL training camp.
The crowd at Gillette Stadium erupted Thursday morning when a pass by Tom Brady fell into the hands of the defense. Why you ask? The hands that picked off the pass belonged to Darrelle Revis. Luckily for Brady, he doesn’t have to worry about Revis making such a play when his throws begin to count.
Still, Brady wasn’t too pleased to see it happen on Thursday.
Revis undercut a pass over the middle by Brady to receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, hauled in the interception and then danced into the end zone, sending those in attendance into a tizzy. It marks the third time that Revis has picked off Brady in camp, and with Brandon Browner also roaming the defensive backfield now, the Pats’ QB has noticed that life is a little more difficult in practice.
“They’re both great players, and when you make a mistake they make you pay,” Brady told the media following practice. “I think that’s the mark of a really good corner. As the quarterback, you’re always trying to find the weak link in the defense. Neither of those guys are weak links. Sometimes we have to go after them and try to see if we can make a play, but like I said, if you miss a little bit they end up making the play. It’s great work for us and you understand what you’re up against.”
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Camp sessions have become a little more spirited over the last few days with the offense and defense facing off in full-pads. But Brady said this, all the hard hits and trash talk, are part of the process, and will help in a big way when it comes time to play real games on Sundays.
“There is a lot of competition out there,” said Brady. “When we review the film at night one side is getting praised and the other side is getting the opposite. You want to be the one that gets praised all the time, but in situations like this it always kinds of balances out. The defense makes a lot of good plays out there and we make our fair share, so hopefully when we play a different opponent both of us are clicking the way we need to.”
Brady turns 37 on Sunday, and looking back at his career — the three rings, five trips to the Super Bowl and a few passing records — it’s hard for even him to imagine what it has turned into.
“It’s been a lot of progression and a lot of things to get to this point, so I don’t take any of those things for granted,” said Brady. “I’m certainly appreciative of doing something I really love to do for a profession. I like being a good example for some young athletes and for my teammates of how to do things the right way.”
As always, Brady remains fully motivated, even in his 15th NFL training camp.
“I’ve been lucky to do something I really love to do and I’d like to keep doing it,” he said. “That’s a great motivation for me. Where else would I rather be? This is better than any cubicle I can think of. It’s better than any office.”
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