On Monday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Patriots do not expect Tom Brady to attend an offseason conditioning program this week.
Brady skipped both offseason workouts and organized team activities a year ago, drawing criticism before he led the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title. If his absence had an impact on the team, it was hardly devastating.
Brady, along with Rob Gronkowski, skipped several Patriots offseason training sessions and workouts in 2018. Players losing or adding weight during the offseason is common around the league, as players seek ways to improve endurance ahead of the regular season. Brady's philosophy has always been to emphasize pliability. "Time", Brady's documentary series, the quarterback argues with receiver Julian Edelman about the need for strength training.
Rapoport also added that Brady plans to "bulk up" this offseason, a odd development that our Tom E. Curran expanded on Monday.