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Bulked-up Brady? Here's the skinny on Brady's offseason regimen

Bulked-up Brady? Here's the skinny on Brady's offseason regimen

This morning, in reporting news we already knew (Tom Brady wouldn’t be at OTAs for the second season in a row), Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tacked on a snippet of new info. That Brady “may bulk up” for 2019.

For anybody on the Brady Body Beat — and who isn’t at this point? — this is decidedly unpliable news and demands further investigation.

This is the skinny. Over the course of the nearly eight-month season (late July to early February) every player loses size. Brady usually loses about five pounds. Last year, he finished the season at about 223 pounds.

This year, the aim is to come in closer to around 232. The TB12 diet and approach will stay the same; the resistance workouts will just employ heavier bands.

There’s no singular reason for the switch. Switching up the routine and goals to keep them fresh seems the primary goal. The second is just wanting to be a little more filled out.

As for the OTAs, Brady not being there at the start pretty much seals the deal that he won’t be there for any save the mandatory minicamp in early June. As Jerod Mayo told us last year, Bill Belichick prefers players to either be all in or all out for OTAs, not saying, “I’ll be there for Tuesday and Wednesday of this session but will miss Thursday and can’t make the next one but should be at Phase 3….”

There’s a lot less hue and cry over Brady’s not being there this year because A) the Patriots ended up with another Lombardi anyway, B) the subplot of Brady seeking purpose — which the final episode of Tom vs. Time invited — isn’t present and C) the Belichick-Brady relationship seems to have come through the agitations of 2017 and early 2018 stronger than it’s been in a while.

That doesn’t remove the fact Brady is skipping workouts that for years the team has described as the first critical step in building success for the coming year. Statements we’ve dutifully reported.

But it’s hard to look at his absence as a BFD when, in the end it turned out not be a BFD at all.

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New Antonio Brown report details second sexual misconduct allegation

New Antonio Brown report details second sexual misconduct allegation

The civil lawsuit filed against Antonio Brown last Tuesday may be just the tip of the iceberg.

The morning after Brown made his New England Patriots debut against the Miami Dolphins, Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko published a lengthy report outlining a pattern of repeated abusive behavior by Brown that extends beyond what his accuser, Britney Taylor, alleged in her lawsuit.

Here's a sampling of Klemko's revelations, one of which is another allegation of sexual misconduct:

-- In June 2017, Brown agreed to pay $700 at a Pennsylvania auction to buy a portrait of himself. Brown then invited the portrait's artist to his Pittsburgh-area home to paint a mural of himself on his wall. On her second day of work, the artist told Klemko she "was in a kneeling position while painting and turned to find Brown behind her, naked, holding a small hand towel over his genitals."

"I was about 40% done on the second day, and I’m on my knees painting the bottom, and he walks up to me butt-ass naked, with a hand cloth covering his [penis] and starts having a conversation with me," the artist said.

The artist said Brown paid her $2,000 for two days of work but otherwise "ghosted" her after the incident, refusing to answer her text messages and leaving her unfinished painting in his home.

-- Dr. Victor Prisk, the owner of an orthopaedics and wellness facility in Pennsylvania, told Klemko that Brown showed up three hours late to an August 2018 meeting with him -- and "passed gas numerous times" while Prisk was testing his body fat.

 "It seemed just childish to me,” Prisk told Klemko. “I’m a doctor and this man is farting in my face."

-- Chef Stefano Tedeschi, whom Brown hired in early 2019, told Klemko he heard Brown use derogatory language toward his staff -- "Get those m-----f---ing crackers out of here" -- on multiple occasions while they hosted Brown and a group of 40 to 50 guests at a rented vacation home.

After a concierge complained to Brown's girlfriend, Chelsie Kyriss, Tedeschi said one of Brown's assistants approached him and told him, "When you speak to Mr. Brown you don’t look him in the eye."

According to a civil complaint filed by Tedeschi, Brown refused to pay the chef more than $38,500 and accused Tedeschi of making a "mafia-style threat against his life" after he found a severed salmon head in the freezer.

This is all in addition to Taylor accusing Brown of sexual assault and rape in 2017 and 2018, allegations she's expected to discuss Monday in a meeting with the NFL. (Klemko's report includes a host of other revelations; you can read the full article here.)

The Patriots reportedly were unaware of Taylor's allegations when they inked him to a one-year, $15 million contract last week. Klemko appeared to confirm that report Monday, writing that the Patriots "seem to have done little to no vetting of the receiver before signing him."

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Isaiah Wynn injury: Patriots offensive tackle to undergo MRI on toe

Isaiah Wynn injury: Patriots offensive tackle to undergo MRI on toe

Another week, another injury to a New England Patriots offensive tackle.

Starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn exited Sunday's rout of the Miami Dolphins with a foot injury and didn't return. The following morning, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wynn's ailment involves his toe.

It's somewhat of a relief that Wynn didn't further injure his Achilles, which he tore during the 2018 preseason. But the Patriots will be praying for positive news from that MRI, as they're already very thin at offensive line: starting right tackle Marcus Cannon missed Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, and center David Andrews is on injured reserve due to blood clots.

Those injuries forced two newcomers into action Sunday: Marshall Newhouse got the start at right tackle after joining the team Wednesday, while the recently-signed Korey Cunningham filled in for Wynn at left tackle.

Miami actually pressured Tom Brady on Sunday with two sacks and three quarterback hits. The Patriots need to keep their franchise QB upright going forward, and they may need to turn to some backups to do so.

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