UPDATE (12:15 p.m. ET): Tom Brady and Michael Bennett both weren't in attendance Monday for Day 1 of the New England Patriots' voluntary offseason workout program, ESPN's Field Yates reported.
As the Patriots began their voluntary offseason program today, QB Tom Brady and DE Michael Bennett were not amongst those in attendance. This was expected, as Brady spent last offseason training on his own, while Bennett makes Hawaii his offseason home.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 15, 2019
Brady wasn't expected to attend, while Bennett, acquired in March in a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles, typically spends his offseasons working out in Hawaii.
ORIGINAL STORY: To the surprise of no one, Tom Brady won't be showing his face at Gillette Stadium this week.
The New England Patriots begin their voluntary offseason workouts Monday, and the 41-year-old quarterback isn't expected to attend, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported.
Rapoport also added that Brady plans to "bulk up" this offseason, a strange development that our Tom E. Curran expanded on Monday.
Brady skipped both offseason workouts and organized team activities last year, drawing criticism before he led the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title.
Considering his success in 2018, few expected Brady to attend this year's workouts, and ESPN's Mike Reiss reported a few weeks ago that the veteran QB likely will follow the same plan to "focus more on family time."
Brady's teammates already are streaming into Foxboro, though, as players begin preparation for organized team activities starting May 20.
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