Tom Brady MIA for start of Patriots' voluntary OTAs: how it affects his team

Kenny Britt and Phillip Dorsett figure capable of solving the Patriots needs on the outside, but it's challenging to locate chemistry with Brady if he's not there.

Kahron Spearman

ESPN broke down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's decision not to attend the start of voluntary organized team activities on Monday is being called a red flag by NFL insider Adam Schefter.


Brady has typically participated in the Patriots' voluntary OTAs. However, he's decided to stay away from all of the team's offseason program thus far.

If he doesnt show up for the OTA/minicamp part of it, thats probably more of an issue because then guys arent taking reps [with him]. Youd have Brian Hoyer taking all the first-team reps [at quarterback], and thats not an ideal situation that youd want going into training camp.

It's assumed that Brady's absence is centered around general annoyance with potential disrespect for his contributions to the team - especially concerning his contract compared to those around the league at quarterback.


Whatever the reasons, Brady's absence is going to have secondary effects, specifically with the receivers on the team. The Patriots have a handful of receivers who could use repetitions.

The current corps is deep: Kenny Britt, Philip Dorsett, and Jordan Matthews are in the mix, behind Pro Bowler Julian Edelman and Brady favorite Chris Hogan. 


Cordarrelle Patterson (top kickoff returner), Malcolm Mitchell, Braxton Berrios, Riley McCarron and Cody Hollister round out a sneaky talented group.


Britt and Dorsett, in particular, figure to solve the Patriots needs on the outside, but it's challenging to locate chemistry with your starter if he's not there.