Tom Brady doesn’t like to lose a rep. But the physicality of the Patriots defensive backs in camp has given Brady a steady diet of reps gone bad.
Receivers leave the line of scrimmage and the handfighting, jostling, grabbing and shedding with the defensive back is on. On Wednesday, it bubbled over when Brandon Browner got called out for overdoing it.
Back at the line of scrimmage, Brady watches the mayhem waiting for a window to open.
I asked him Thursday if he’d rather the reps go more cleanly or if he likes to see his guys work through it.
“I think that’s what defenses do,” Brady shrugged. “We’ll go into games and say, ‘Look, these guys hold on every play. They grab you, they clutch you, they hold you, but we still have to figure out a way to get open. It’s not flag football. Their hands are going to be on you, and the refs, they’re only going to call it when you pass the limit of where they think the limit is.’ ”
The handsy defense is good prep for Brady’s receivers. And it d