Patriots QB Brian Hoyer claims Tom Brady’s absence is not a distraction ‘in any way’
Tom Brady has once again become a topic of discussion around the New England Patriots after he elected to skip out on voluntary OTAs to begin this week, which has brought forth questions concerning his standing with the organization. What has further stood out about this decision from Brady is that it has been a step of the offseason team workouts that he has typically participated in.
Despite all of that, his teammate Brian Hoyer voiced on Tuesday that Brady’s absence isn’t a distraction to the team by any means, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.
“No, I don’t think so,” Hoyer said when asked if Brady’s absence was a distraction. “I’m focused on myself. I know my teammates, we’re all focused on getting better each day and that’s all we can do. I don’t think it’s a distraction in any way at all.”
It might be expected that Brady will be back with the team in June for mandatory minicamp, but it’s hard not to focus the attention toward the 40-year-old deciding to not attend a part of the offseason workouts that he has partaken throughout his career. This also brings more attention toward what has become an uneasy relationship between the reigning league MVP and the Patriots that stems from the limitations the franchise placed on his trainer, Alex Guerrero late in the regular season this past year.
There is clearly something lingering from Brady that has led to him being absent from voluntary OTAs. It can’t be pointed toward him dealing with any injuries or even contemplating retirement as he has already committed to playing this upcoming season while voicing he wants to play several more years beyond that.
This may ultimately get swept under the rug once Brady returns at some point this offseason, but it’s worth noting that everything isn’t exactly cohesive on both sides at this point in time.