Tom Brady’s knee surgery in February was considered to be minor following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl LV championship and his seventh Super Bowl victory, but it’s going to keep the future Hall of Famer out until later in the year.
Speaking with Bucs’ head coach Bruce Arians on Wednesday, Arians gave an update on when we could first expect Brady to be throwing the ball around in a 7-on-7, practice-type setting.
“I think he’s probably looking somewhere around June right now,” Arians said. “From what I’m hearing.”
Arians is far less concerned about when Brady will return to throw than he is with developing the talent of the younger players on the Bucs’ roster due to the absence of OTA’s and mini-camp (Organized Team Activities) last year because of the pandemic.
Part of the reason to bring Brady in was to change the culture of the locker room with his leadership, which he accomplished in his first season in Tampa Bay by winning another Super Bowl. For this offseason, Arians said that Brady can learn just as much by being there and coaching guys up rather than participating.
“His leadership, he doesn’t have to be out there throwing it anymore,” Arians said. “He can be standing out there coaching the [expletive] out of them. Wherever they meet and workout, I’m hoping we have an offseason for the younger players. Tom doesn’t need it, but for the younger players, the first, second and third-year players, we’ve missed two years of player development with where we’re at now, we don’t need them missing another one. For him, he can learn as much sitting in my golf cart as he can out there throwing the ball. For me it’s just a matter of hopefully having those practices.”