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Mike Florio: Tom Brady 'undermining' the NFLPA with recent workouts

Mike Florio: Tom Brady 'undermining' the NFLPA with recent workouts

Tom Brady hasn't seemed all that concerned lately about the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Florida.

The former New England Patriots quarterback has been leading workouts with his new Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates despite the NFL Players Association's recommendation to refrain from practicing with others. Brady has posted several photos from the workouts on social media, including one with a caption that read, "'Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself."

Brady's defiance didn't sit well with ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio. In a recent episode of "PFT Live" with Chris Simms, Florio criticized Brady for not following the NFLPA's guidelines.

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"I think that you are basically giving your union the middle finger,” Florio said Wednesday. “You are undermining your union. You are working against the group that is in place to advance your interests. You are hurting their credibility by flaunting it. That’s what bothers me the most about it.

“If the union hadn’t said anything, then we could say, ‘Well, you know, Tom Brady’s doing Tom Brady things, and he’s working hard and he’s getting his guys ready, he’s not violating any ordinances in Florida right now… ‘ But once the union says ‘don’t do it’ and once Brady decides to turn it into a social media catalogue of photos, it’s just one middle finger after another at the NFL Players Association.”

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Unless the NFL restricts private workouts, it doesn't look like Brady's sessions with his fellow Bucs will end any time soon. Considering several Bucs players and staff recently have tested positive for COVID-19, it'll be interesting to see how the team handles the situation. Especially if coronavirus cases in Florida continue to rise.

Patriots 53-man roster projection entering training camp

Patriots 53-man roster projection entering training camp

The Patriots have already hit the field in Foxboro, but we'll have to wait until Monday to see them put the pads on for the first time.

It will be a training camp unlike any other; New England was supposed to open the preseason Thursday night against the Lions — and their 2020 season-opener against the Dolphins is just a month away.

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But Bill Belichick will have a lot of decisions to make over the next few weeks. Will Cam Newton seize the starting QB job as expected — and will the team carry both Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as well? How can the team make up for a league-high eight opt-outs including defensive stalwarts Dont'a Hightower and Patrick Chung along with starting right tackle Marcus Cannon? How many of the team's 10 draft picks from this spring will make the team?

Those questions will be answered over the coming weeks, but before practices begin in earnest, let's take an early look at how the team's roster will shake out.

Click here for the Patriots' 53-man roster projection entering training camp.

 

Lamar Miller, agent Drew Rosenhaus confirm RB's signing with Patriots

Lamar Miller, agent Drew Rosenhaus confirm RB's signing with Patriots

Lamar Miller officially is a member of the New England Patriots, it appears.

The Patriots still haven't announced Miller's signing after a report Monday that the free-agent running back had agreed to a one-year contract with the team.

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But Miller's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed his client put pen to paper Wednesday to join the Patriots.

Miller also confirmed the news by sharing Rosenhaus' announcement on his Instagram story.

 

Miller has topped 1,000 rushing yards in two of his eight NFL seasons and made the Pro Bowl with the Houston Texans in 2018. He missed the entire 2019 season due to a torn ACL, however, and his days as a workhorse running back might be behind him at age 29.

Still, the Patriots could use Miller's services with reports that Sony Michel may not be ready for Week 1 as he recovers from ankle surgery. Miller could fill Michel's role as an early-down rusher to complement James White, Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris.

Miller wasn't spotted at Patriots training camp Wednesday, but expect him to show up at Gillette Stadium soon now that his deal is official.