FOXBORO -- Tom Brady hasn't spent much time with Michael Floyd since the Patriots claimed the receiver late last week, but they're done what they can.
"As much as we could," Brady said during his press conference on Thursday. "He’s only been here for a short period of time so there’s a lot to catch up on, especially as a receiver in our offense, but he’s working hard at it."
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said earlier in the day on Thursday that rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett has been involved with Floyd's acclimation process, but if Floyd is to play a role on the Patriots offense, he'll need to develop a rapport wth the starter.
"I think it’s just . . . you’ve got to put the time in," Brady said. "I don’t think it’s an easy thing to do by any stretch. I think that’s why offseasons are so valuable, to have that work. We’re pretty late in the year, but we’ll do the things that he’s confident in and that the coaches are confident he can do well, and we’ll see if we can go do something positive."
As involved as the Patriots offense is -- Brady has said many times that it's developed and been built upon over the 16 years he's been the starter -- asking Floyd to be comfortable with it all would be a tall order. But Brady said that he'll keep an open mind with Floyd and the amount that Floyd can pick up between now and the end of the season.
The Patriots are on the hook for $1.29 million, which is the pro-rated portion of Floyd's salary for three games this season. He's scheduled to become a free agent after the season, and while his time with the Patriots now can be viewed in part as a means of developing an understanding of Floyd on and off the field to see if he'd be a worthwhile investment for the future, there's a hope that he can contribute sooner rather than later.
"You don’t know what’s going to happen and I don’t want to predict what’s going to happen because you really don’t know," Brady said. "Hopefully it’s a lot of great plays. That’s what everyone’s hoping for."
The reason Floyd was available in the first place was due to the fact that he was arrested early last week after passing out behind the wheel of his SUV at a Scottsdale intersection. He was released two days later and claimed by the Patriots on Thursday. Brady said that when he looks at Floyd, he tried not to acknowledge any of the baggage he may bring with him.
"I’m not focused on any of that. I mean, I don’t make decisions like that," Brady said. "I’m just trying to focus on what I’ve got to do this week and if it’s trying to work on football stuff with particular players, then that’s what I’m going to do."