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How Tom Brady has already impressed Bucs teammates with his leadership

How Tom Brady has already impressed Bucs teammates with his leadership

Tom Brady already has made quite the impression on his new Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates.

The former New England Patriots quarterback hasn't had the chance to practice with his new team as much as he'd like, but his leadership is still coming across virtually.

According to Mike Giardi of NFL Network, Brady has already earned the respect of his teammates with what he has brought to the team's Zoom meetings.

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"Brady is drawing all kinds of attention from his teammates for the energy that he is bringing not only to these workouts that he's organized, but also I was told that he is lighting up the Zoom meetings. Intelligent questions, personality, engaging with teammates. This is exactly what they need," Giardi said.

"I was also told by another player, 'Look, he's now waiting. He is aggressive, he is becoming our leader. It's happening right now even though we are not together on a regular basis as a team in person.' He has been able to do that, and that is quite impressive and something I think all the Buccaneers are looking forward to when they finally get together on the field."

Of course, none of that should come as a surprise to Pats fans who have watched Brady for the last 20 years. But it's definitely impressive how the six-time Super Bowl champion has been able to connect with his new teammates despite the COVID-19 pandemic limiting in-person interaction.

NFL players rip league's postgame jersey swap policy for next season

NFL players rip league's postgame jersey swap policy for next season

A tradition that became popular in international soccer has become a staple of NFL postgames in recent years, but it might not be allowed during the 2020 season.

Swapping jerseys with an opponent is now commonplace in North American professional sports leagues. We often see younger players swap jerseys with veterans who they grew up watching. Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a sought-after player for the postgame jersey swap. Multiple players from the Washington Redskins asked for his No. 12 jersey after a Week 5 game last season.

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Well, unfortunately for NFL players, swapping jerseys could be banned in the upcoming season as the league tries to implement social distancing measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the NFL and NFLPA have not yet agreed on all of the medical protocols for gamedays. NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reported the latest information Thursday:

Players were not pleased with this development, to say the least.

One of the most outspoken players was San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, who tweeted the following message. It earned a retweet from Patriots running back James White, among other players.

Many other players were not afraid to share their displeasure with the jersey swap potentially being banned. Here are some of those reactions:

With opposition so strong and coming from several of the league's stars, it'll be interesting to see if the league eventually eases up and allows jersey swaps to happen as normal next season.

WATCH: Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry meet for first workout as Patriots teammates

WATCH: Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry meet for first workout as Patriots teammates

Cam Newton is wasting no time getting to know his New England Patriots wide receivers.

The new Patriots quarterback, who officially signed a one-year contract with the team Wednesday, linked up with wideout Mohamed Sanu last week for a few throwing sessions in Los Angeles.

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This Wednesday, it was N'Keal Harry's turn to catch passes from Newton, according to Boston.com, which obtained video of the duo's L.A. workout from EBA Sports.

The video shows Newton meeting Harry for the first time as a member of the Patriots before throwing the second-year receiver a handful of passes.

Newton and Harry worked out together for about two hours and were later joined by Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., per Boston.com.

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Harry has been working hard this offseason to improve his game after a disappointing rookie campaign. The Patriots' 2019 first-round pick appeared in just seven games last season due to a nagging ankle injury, catching 12 passes on 24 targets for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

It's encouraging to see the 22-year-old on the practice field with Newton, who's aiming to bounce back from his own foot injury that limited him to two games in 2019.

Newton will have to beat out second-year QB Jarrett Stidham for the starting job, and it appears he's eager to get started while developing chemistry with his new pass-catchers.