“I certainly don’t take it for granted,” said Brady after Saturday’s practice. “It’s the most fun I have. I still feel like a young kid out here trying to earn a spot.”
Brady will hardly have to worry about earning his spot this year, but there is definitely competition among his throwing targets. While Brady has been the main man under center for more than a decade, the players he throws to have changed every year, and 2012 is certainly no exception.
“[If] you have guys who you play with who you’ve won games with that you really have a lot of trust in, then you can go out there early and execute at a relatively high level.”
These fresh faces also add depth to the wide receiver position, which should result in some fierce competition during camp. There are eleven wide receivers on the Patriots 90-man roster, but that number could slim down significantly by the end of camp, which means that some talented players may be left out. Brady says he’s excited to see how it all plays out.
“[T]he more good football players you have on the team, the better you're going to be... We’ve got some depth at the receiver position; I don’t know how it’s going to sort out, but based on what we do out here on the field, that’s everybody’s opportunity.”
As his teammates come and go and battle for roster spots, it is sometimes easy to take Brady’s constant presence for granted. When you stop to think, it really is remarkable that he has been able to play at such a high level for such a long period of time. The players around him may change, but when late July comes around, you can bet on seeing number 12 under center. He wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I love playing quarterback for this team. It’s a great responsibility to have and I appreciate it every single day,” says Brady.
“There’s nothing I’d rather do than be out here being the quarterback for this team.”