For the first time in his career, Tom Brady will enter an NFL season with an entire offense of new teammates, which presents plenty of challenges for the 42-year-old quarterback.
One of those challenges is establishing chemistry with his new Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers, tight ends and other offensive teammates. OTAs are a great place to build a rapport with those players, and according to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, the Bucs expect Brady to attend those activities.
Oh, and as for how excited Brady is? If things improve in our country in time for there to be OTAs this year, the Bucs expect him to be there—after he missed those his last two years in New England.
Of course, it's impossible to predict the state of the nation when OTAs are supposed to take place, which is typically in May. The outbreak of the coronavirus has resulted in the cancelation or postponement of many league seasons, tournaments and events. The league wouldn't want to put its players at risk if it's not smart to be on the field in large numbers.
Another option for Brady, at some point in the offseason, is throwing to wide receivers and other teammates one-on-one or in small groups at a private location.
Brady didn't attend New England Patriots OTAs over the last two years. Last year's absence was particularly notable because the Patriots had lost future Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement and selected wide receiver N'Keal Harry in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Brady not being at OTAs wasn't the only reason why the Patriots offense struggled throughout the 2019 season, but it probably would've helped his chemistry with some of the younger wide receivers if he had showed up.
Judging by the recent reactions from Brady's new teammates, including wide receiver Mike Evans, it sounds like they are very excited to start working with the six-time Super Bowl champion.