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Adam Schefter on K&C gives theory to why Tom Brady hasn't thrown as much this summer, and it involves his body

Ryan Hannable
August 09, 2018 - 10:55 am

One of the biggest topics coming out of Patriots training camp so far this summer is the lack of reps for Tom Brady. 

The quarterback essentially had two off-days in a row at the end of last week, the team had Sunday and Monday off, and then he had another light day on Tuesday. Many have had different theories as to why this is, and appearing on Kirk & Callahan with Mike Mutnansky and Alex Reimer filling in Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter gave his.

Schefter believes it is the Patriots managing Brady's arm.

“I definitely believe there is a physical component to that," he said. "Look around the league at the way other teams rest younger players in their late 20s or early 30s. Again, the guy is 41. How many throws are in that arm? … The Patriots are smart in that regard. If Tom Brady has X number of throws in his arm for the year, you might as well preserve them now and not use up that arm and give it as much rest as you possibly can. I don’t think him being rested at camp right now has anything to do with a rift between he and [Bill] Belichick, it is just being smart. It’s doing the right thing. It is managing his career, managing the throws, trying to preserve him as long as they can.

"I’ll bet you — and they’ve learned this over time — if you look back at last year or the year before, or previous years, and you say, ‘You know what, if I throw less during the year, maybe my arm will be fresher at the end of the year.’ To me, what they are doing right now just is something they believe they can improve on and is just smart.”

The NFL insider noted his days covering the Broncos and John Elway talking about how his body changed over the course of his career and he got older, which could be a reason why Brady contemplated (at least a little) stepping away from the game this offseason.

“Your body hurts and I always remember John Elway in Denver when I covered that team on a daily basis for over 15 years, at his retirement press conference he talked about when he first got into the league when he would play a game on Sunday his body would be sore to Monday," Schefter said. "And then halfway through his career his body would be sore until the following Wednesday or Thursday, and later on it was the following Saturday or Sunday. It got to a point after a certain amount of time, that you just played with a perpetual soreness in your body.

"Tom takes tremendous care of himself and that is beyond dispute. But again, generally speaking, 41-year-old bodies are not designed to play a sport like this with 280-pound men running into you at 4.7 speed and slamming you to the ground. That takes a toll. My guess is that his body is sore. He’s got enough money for his children’s children. His wife makes as much or more than him, so the love of the game has to drive him. I just think when you have the physical toll, the mental toll, any of the drama that is surrounding him and his team last year, after awhile you go, ‘What do I need this for? As much as I love it.’”

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