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Tom Brady knows Dez Bryant is great player, but doesn't get involved in personnel decisions

Ryan Hannable
August 27, 2018 - 8:37 am

After Eric Decker announced he is retiring on Sunday, the Patriots do not have much depth at the wide receiver position.

Following Malcolm Mitchell, Jordan Matthews, Kenny Britt and Decker no longer being in the picture, the Patriots are left with Julian Edelman (suspended four games), Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson, Riley McCarron, Braxton Berrios, Devin Lucien and Paul Turner at wide receiver.

Some have speculated the team could add a wide out from outside the organization and one of the biggest names still available is Dez Bryant.

Appearing on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning, Tom Brady acknowledged Bryant is a great player, but won't get involved in personnel matters.

“I know Dez just a little bit. I think he is obviously a helluva player, but I don’t make those situations for our team and I don’t go in there and tell them who I want," Brady said. "That is not the position I have ever played here. You just respect our team for what they are looking for and our personnel people. My job is to play quarterback and whoever is here, that is who I have to make it work with.”

The quarterback also went into detail about how difficult the Patriots offense is -- calling it "graduate level" -- and that could be one of the biggest reasons for receivers sometimes not working out.

“I would say receiver is a challenging position in our offense," he said. "We have a very graduate level type of offense. It takes a lot to learn. It’s not easy. Not easy for rookies. Not easy for veterans. It’s a lot of work. It’s time consuming. If we are going to be effective on offense we have to have a lot of people out there who can process information quickly and make adjustments. Everything changes week-to-week. Everything is a big adjustment.

"Guys who handle it and can compete and have the skills do a good job. That is typically guys — we have had quite a few over the years who can pick it up and understand it. Josh [McDaniels] is a very intense coach and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s not going to work for everybody. That is just the nature of the NFL. There’s a lot of offenses I could go into that I wouldn’t work at very well. That is just the way it is.”

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