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Tom Brady on Brian Hoyer, another friend released: 'I'll never get used to it'

Tom Brady on Brian Hoyer, another friend released: 'I'll never get used to it'

Tom Brady was pretty open about his feelings for Brian Hoyer last week when he was asked a question about Jarrett Stidham on WEEI's Greg Hill Show.

Brady provided a couple of sentences on the fourth-round pick out of Auburn, including, "He's going to keep working just like everyone else." Then, unprompted, he focused on Hoyer and called him a "real professional in every way." He added that Hoyer had had a "great offseason" to that point and that, "I love being in the room with Brian."

Since then, Hoyer has been released, meaning Brady and Stidham are the only two left in the Patriots quarterback room.

On Monday, Hoyer signed with the Indianapolis Colts to back up Jacoby Brissett. The next morning, Brady was asked for his reaction to his friend's departure on The Greg Hill Show.

"He added so much to our meeting room," Brady said Tuesday. " ... He always provided great insight, great leadership. It's always difficult to see your friends get released and that was no different... I'll never get used to it.

"My job is a difficult job regardless of who's there, but Brian provided a lot.  ... Won an offseason award. Brought a great positive energy to the team. There's times for me where I get frustrated...and he'd bring me back to center pretty quickly."

Brady, of course, has seen the Patriots cut ties with friends of his like Lawyer Milloy and Logan Mankins just before the starts of different seasons. It may never get easy, but by now he understands it's the nature of the business.

Asked if he's ever consulted on roster decisions, Brady answered quickly.

"No," he said. "Those are [Bill Belichick's] choices. As someone who chooses the team thats what his responsibility is. I think everyone trusts him. Mr. [Robert] Kraft trusts him. The team trusts him to make the best decisions possible. ... It's a challenging job. ... Different guys are vying for different spots. ... [Cut-down day] is probably one of the toughest days of the year, if not the toughest outside of losing games."

Tough as it is, Brady knows as well as anyone that the wheel on the NFL season keeps spinning no matter who's flung off once it gets going. He and his teammates will have Tuesday off and then get back to work Wednesday ahead of Sunday night's home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Why Bucs' uniform reveal was a bit awkward for Tom Brady, Chris Godwin

Why Bucs' uniform reveal was a bit awkward for Tom Brady, Chris Godwin

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enlisted their star wide receiver to help unveil their sharp new uniforms.

Makes sense, right? It did ... until Tom Brady showed up.

Buccaneers wideout Chris Godwin joined linebackers Devin White and Lavonte David to model new threads for 2020 that the team revealed Tuesday in a hype video.

The one issue: Godwin is wearing No. 12 in the video -- the same No. 12 he allowed Brady to take when the former New England Patriots quarterback signed with Tampa Bay in free agency.

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This discrepancy didn't go unnoticed on Twitter, which let the Bucs have it over their mix-up:

The blowback was enough for the Bucs to set the record straight: They filmed this hype video before Brady signed, and before Godwin had switched to No. 14.

This checks out, as all photos on the team's website feature Godwin rocking No. 14 in the new uniform.

We don't know how long ago the video was filmed, but the fact that Godwin appears wearing No. 12 is a good indicator the Bucs really weren't serious suitors for Brady until the final few days before free agency.

It sounds like there's no hard feelings between Godwin and Brady over the jersey change, though -- and both No. 12 and No. 14 should sell very well on the team's website.

 

Here's your first look at Tom Brady's new Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys

Here's your first look at Tom Brady's new Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys

Many New England Patriots fans probably never envisioned they'd see Tom Brady wearing the jersey of another NFL team, but that sight will soon become a reality.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Brady in free agency to a two-year contract worth up to $59 million. It was a huge move for a franchise that's largely been irrelevant since winning its only Super Bowl championship during the 2002 season.

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The Bucs announced a while back they would have new jerseys for the 2020 season, and on Tuesday, Tampa Bay made its much-anticipated unveiling of those uniforms. Here's what Brady's three jerseys in 2020 will look like. They are now available for purchase on the Bucs' team store.

Brady changed teams, but his number will stay the same. He'll continue to wear No. 12, which he used his entire 20-year career with the Patriots. Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin had No. 12 before Brady arrived, but he was kind of enough to let the six-time Super Bowl champion have it.

The unveiling of these new jerseys, which have drawn positive reviews so far, will only add to the excitement surrounding the Bucs' 2020 season. Brady's arrival has Tampa Bay fans thinking of a return to the Super Bowl, and oddsmakers already have pegged the Buccaneers as one of the early betting favorites.

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