"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.
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.
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.