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Bill Belichick in midseason form when asked about Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski missing from OTAs

Ryan Hannable
May 22, 2018 - 10:55 am

FOXBORO — Bill Belichick addressed the media for the first time since his predraft press conference Tuesday morning at Gillette Stadium. 

Predictably, the first question was about Tom Brady not participating in the voluntary OTA sessions, which began on Monday, and the coach was in midseason form.

“Yeah, I am not going to talk about the people who aren’t here,” he said. “The guys that are here are improving. They are working hard and those are the guys who we are going to focus on.”

This is the first time in Brady's career he's missed these sessions.

The coach was also asked about his meeting with Rob Gronkowski a few weeks back when the tight end declared he would play the 2018 season. Belichick didn’t really want to talk about that, either.

Like Brady, Gronkowski hasn’t attended any voluntary workout this offseason.

“Like I said, I am focused on the guys that are here and those are the guys that we’re working with in this OTA process, Phase 3. Those are the guys I am concentrating on," Belichick said. "Those are the guys I am focused on.”

The offseason program continues through early June with mandatory minicamp being June 5-7.

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