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.
#Brady Watch: You wanted him. We got him. #Bucs Pro Bowl WR Mike Evans has joined the Brady Bunch this morning at Berkeley Prep. Evans in gray tank with his red shoes. No one is stopping these workouts. @TomBrady @MikeEvans13_ @Buccaneers @rojo @DGO23_ @RobGronkowski @sinjen66 pic.twitter.com/gaoxjQ1jhe
— Kevin ODonnell Fox13 (@ODonnellFox13) June 25, 2020
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.
“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.