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Report: Patriots QB Tom Brady could again skip voluntary offseason workouts

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Report: Patriots QB Tom Brady could again skip voluntary offseason workouts

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn't participate in the team's voluntary workouts last offseason, and he received quite a bit of criticism for that decision.

Brady got the last laugh, however, as the Patriots' offense ranked fourth in points scored and the 41-year-old quarterback, while not putting up MVP-caliber statistics, still played at a high level. He ultimately led the Patriots on another memorable playoff run that ended with a Super Bowl LIII victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

ESPN's Mike Reiss dropped a little nugget in one of his recent stories about Brady's offseason plans, and it sounds like we could see a repeat of of 2018.

4. Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on his message to teammates: "We need to start shifting our mindset from celebration mode to work mode. Certainly, all of us that were part of what we accomplished last season are very thankful for the way the season turned out, but we have to turn the page. We have to understand this year is going to be a new year with different challenges. We're going to have to find our identity all over again, and it's going to take a lot of work and time." That process shifts into a higher gear when the Patriots' voluntary offseason program begins April 15. While always subject to change, early indications are that quarterback Tom Brady plans to follow a similar routine as last year when he remained away from voluntary workouts, in part to focus more on family time.

Brady has been enjoying his offseason so far, at least judging by the vacation posts to his Instagram page.

The Patriots shouldn't have to worry about Brady staying in shape if he doesn't attend the team's voluntary sessions. He obviously takes his strength and conditioning very seriously, and his dedication in that area has helped him remain among the league's top quarterbacks into his forties. 

On the other hand, the Patriots will have plenty of new faces at the wide receiver and tight end positions going into next season, and many of these players have no experience catching passes from Brady. Extra reps early in the offseason would help build chemistry, but Brady has earned the right to choose his own path when it comes to these workouts.

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Eli Manning treads lightly in response to Tom Brady's Super Bowl tweet

Eli Manning treads lightly in response to Tom Brady's Super Bowl tweet

Eli Manning knows better than to take pot shots at the GOAT.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady congratulated Manning on his retirement Friday with a playful reference to the two Super Bowls Manning's New York Giants won at the Patriots' expense.

Manning was asked about Brady's tweet Friday at his retirement press conference and how it felt to hand the Patriots legend two of the biggest losses of his career.

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Here's his perfectly diplomatic response:

I’ve been around Tom a number of times and see how competitive he is. We joke around a little bit, but I think it's not real funny to him.

Something tells us Eli is right.

Manning did admit New York's Super Bowl wins over New England in the 2007 and 2011 seasons were two of the greatest wins of his career.

"Both of them two-minute drives to go down there and win it, one against an undefeated team (in 2007) that hadn't lost all year," Manning said. "So, I think those are special."

But the longtime Giants quarterback was hesitant to paint those victories as him triumphing over Brady.

"Everybody wants to make it me versus Tom Brady. It's the Giants versus the Patriots," Manning said. "The defense was outstanding, guys made plays. David Tyree, Mario Manningham, Plaxico Burress in the corner of the end zone ... You just cherish those moments."

Brady obviously feels very differently -- he's said on several occasions those two losses will always haunt him -- and Manning knows better than to rub salt in the wound.

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Patriots' Tom Brady cracks Super Bowl joke in tweet congratulating Eli Manning on retirement

Patriots' Tom Brady cracks Super Bowl joke in tweet congratulating Eli Manning on retirement

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has received many congratulatory messages from across the NFL this week after it was announced Wednesday that he's retiring from the NFL.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady became the latest player to chime in Friday morning when he took to Twitter to congratulate Manning on a "great career," and he even got in a Super Bowl joke.

Patriots wide receiver co-signed Brady's comments.


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Manning, of course, beat Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl on two occasions. The Giants ended the Patriots' undefeated season in 2007 when Manning led a go-ahead touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII. Manning led the Giants to a fourth Lombardi Trophy a couple years later in Super Bowl XLVI with another late touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. He was the only quarterback to beat Brady in a Super Bowl until Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Brady did manage to overcome those two difficult losses to the Giants. He's won three Super Bowl titles (in four appearances) and a league MVP since 2014. His six Super Bowl championships overall are the most by any player in league history. 

It's admittedly going to be a little weird next season when zero Manning quarterbacks are in the NFL. Eli and his brother, Peyton, had been two of Brady's top rivals since the Patriots quarterback became a starter in 2001. It's truly the end of an era.

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