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Tom Brady is inching closer to working out with his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates in an official capacity for the first time.

The 42-year-old quarterback made his first appearance at the team's training facility Thursday morning since leaving the New England Patriots and signing with the Bucs as a free agent in March.

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Kyle Burger of ABC Action News in Tampa captured video of Brady arriving at the Bucs' facility and going into a medical trailer for a COVID-19 test.

Testing will be an important part of NFL training camps as both the league and NFLPA try to make these environments as safe as possible amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Players must have two negative tests before they're allowed into the training facilities for camp. Training camps are expected to begin around the league by the end of the month, with some teams, including the Buccaneers, slated to open July 28.

Even though players have not been able to hold official workouts as a team due to the pandemic, Brady has organized several informal sessions in the Tampa Bay area that have been attended by many Bucs players.

Brady's likely successor in New England is Cam Newton, who arrived at Boston's Logan Airport on Wednesday night wearing a mask and admitting he's "ecstatic" to be joining the Patriots. Newton recently signed a one-year contract with the Patriots and is expected to compete with 2019 fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham for the starting quarterback job.

 

Both Brady and Newton will be under tremendous pressure to excel with their new teams this season, and an important factor in that will be building a strong chemistry with their teammates during training camp. 

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