Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady continues to hold workouts with his new Tampa Bay teammates on the football fields at Berkeley Prep in Tampa. Fox 13’s Kevin O’Donnell and the SkyFox helicopter once again captured aerial video footage of the most recent workout on Thursday morning that saw Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Evans join his teammates to catch passes from Brady.

Click O’Donnell’s Twitter link to view the video.


For weeks, center Ryan Jensen, tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate, running backs Ronald Jones II and Dare Ogunbowale, and more recently cornerbacks Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean among others have gathered at Berkeley Prep a few days a week for voluntary workouts with Brady as he learns the new offense and terminology, and builds a rapport with his new teammates.

The NFL has cancelled all mini-camps and OTAs (organized team activities) this offseason, and the league has tentatively set July 28 as a starting date for training camp. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians had previously suggested that Tampa Bay would begin camp on July 21.

The NFLPA has cautioned against players gathering together during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bucs QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski
Bucs QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski – Photo from Brady’s Instagram

“Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts,” said Dr. Thom Mayer, the NFLPA medical director, in an email to all NFL players, which was obtained by Pro Football Talk. “Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months.

“We are working on the best mitigation procedures at team facilities for both training camps and the upcoming season, and believe that it is in the best interest of all players that we advise against any voluntary joint practices before training camp commences.”

The Bucs have already had two players test positive for COVID-19, as well as an assistant coach. No major symptoms have been reported from those affected, and no hospitalizations were required due to the virus.

While the number of reported cases are on the rise in the state of Florida due to increased testing, the death rate in America continues to decline, according to recent CDC data, and that people that contract the COVID-19 virus have between a 98-99.7 percent chance of recovering, according to various reports, including WebMD. The elderly population remains the most at risk for COVID-19 related deaths. Over 81 percent of COVID-19 deaths in America are from senior citizens age 65 or older, according to the most recent CDC data. 

The oldest Buccaneer on the current roster is Brady, who is 42 years old.

Brady has drawn criticism for the workouts during the COVID-19 pandemic from some, including Pro Football Talk, who objected to Brady’s recent Instagram post that featured a pic of he and Gronkowski with the words “No Excuses.” It’s clear from that Instagram post and the fact that Brady is continuing to hold workouts with his Bucs teammates that he is putting his focus on being prepared for the 2020 season and winning above all else.

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]ort.com
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SufferingSince76

What is Channel 13’s goal here other than to try to get these workouts shut down? They’ve reported it three times now at least. We get it. Aren’t there traffic accidents they could be hovering over?

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ussoldier77

I would be interested in knowing if the coaches are allowed to be “present” over zoom with a live feed.

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Gatordoc1

but can you get us tickets? You are Scott Reynolds, right?

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SufferingSince76

But they can influence public shaming, which appears to be all the rage these days.

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sunshineben

Buc fans should appreciate what Brady is trying to accomplish.. To make your favorite team a winner!!

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chefboho

Agreed. He’s seems motivated as all hell to bring this team to a super bowl and I for one absolutely love it!

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awwdembucs

I would think all of these players have taken the test, for the virus, and are negative.

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bucballer

It seems that not only do we have Brady at QB, we have a motivated Brady who is doing all that he can presently do to make this transition a success. Getting used to the heat is a major issue. Establishing his leadership right away and trying to get familiar with some of his new teammates. These r all positive and good things. I think Brady still has something that he wants to prove in finalizing his legacy. Many NFL people have brought up the issue of, is it Bellicheck and his system or is it Brady that makes the… Read more »

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ScottC543

Racism sucks.

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bucballer

Yea Scott… it’s racism! Hope u rap ur self in bubble rap so u don’t get hurt when u go outside!

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diablo5597

Bucballer, Needs to be banned, If the admins permit out right racism on here there will be consequences.

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bucballer

Get a life!

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bucballer

A little levity goes a long way in these times. Hope Brady continues to hold his workouts as every rep will be needed due to lack of usual reps. I like the effort!

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Knightrider79

Racism? Is Kung-Flu racist? Then how about the song “Kung-Fu fighting”? Or the cartoon “Hong Kong Fuey”? Not everything is about race. Just enjoy football and stop with the race baiting please

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RayJayinTBay

Love it! The national media are hypocrites because they see our team getting together and getting better while the rest of the league hangs out on their couch. So be it. As Scott said, its voluntary.

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Knightrider79

How much you wanna bet that if Brees was doing this they’d put him on a pedestal

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Spitfire

Dude. I know this is just short and no stress tossing but Brady’s delivery is so smooth and on time it’s ridiculous. I Loved Winstons arm and his drive but Brady just makes it look so natural it’s ridiculous. I really hope things get goin this season so we can see this for real.

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TBChucky

I hope they get together every day and practice, personally! I’m also happy to see Evans and Godwin both out working on chemistry with Brady. I wonder if they fly over Berkeley Prep every day now to see.. I’d be willing to bet that they’ve actually had extra workouts that no one caught on to. Go Bucs!

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BigSombrero

Hall of Fame Game and ceremony cancelled. COVID cases on the rise. Higher than ever all over. Other countries have eliminated the virus and have sports. I hope you guys realize these practices, open businesses, open beaches, etc are going to be the reason the season could be cancelled.

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Dave

There WILL be a season

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plopes808

I’ve heard the suggestion that Brady was just here for a paycheck and to ride off into the sunset on Tampa’s dime. Glad to see those rumors were vastly overblown. Great to see the leadership having an effect on our young stars as well.

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scubog

I for one. admire that a player of TB’s stature and the others in attendance are trying to do what they can to get in their work when many workers in all industries, including mine, are content to stay home and collect a paycheck under the guise of “staying safe”.

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BigSombrero

#forthebrand

I’m glad they’re working on their timing. Russell WIlson, Kyler Murray, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Josh Allen, and others have all done this too.

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Dave

As Josh Allen should. He needs it. #runfirstQB’sDONTwinSB’s

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bucoffmatey

I’m confused by your comments. Earlier it sounded like you disapproved of these practices and made it sound like the season would be cancelled because of it, but now it seems like you’re promoting it. Either fall off the fence or paint it please.

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Knightrider79

In other news, Bill Belichek has been caught videotaping the Bucs’ workouts. When pressed on the matter Belichek said “it wasn’t me it was my dog, Nike”. The NFL has yet to respond but sources close to Goodell has said he is monitoring the situation. They said if Bill is caught again then Goodell would be forced to smack his hand a little bit harder than last time. Then afterwards they’ll both hug and have a steak dinner.

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