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Patriots players say Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski missing OTAs is not a distraction

Ryan Hannable
May 22, 2018 - 3:43 pm

FOXBORO -- The biggest story from Tuesday's first Patriots OTA session open to the media was the absence of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, which goes along with what has happened the entire offseason as neither have attended any of the voluntary workouts.

Additionally, it was reported by the Boston Herald that Brady and Gronkowski were working out at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center just steps away from the field where the rest of their teammates were practicing.

Afterwards, a few Patriots players were asked about Brady and Gronkowski not being there and it was downplayed.

“No, I don’t think [it's a distraction]," quarterback Brian Hoyer said. "I am focused on myself, and my teammates, we’re all focused on getting better each day, and that is all we can do. I don’t think it’s a distraction in any way at all.”

Safety Duron Harmon was asked if the two players missing is prohibiting the team from maximizing its potential?

“No, that’s false," he said. "I know those guys personally. Whether they are here or not, they are giving it everything they have to get ready for this football season. All we can do is literally just focus on what we can focus on right now and that is coming out here trying to improve and each day and get better and worry about the guys we have here right now.” 

The Patriots safety also noted the rest of the team cannot focus on them not being there and rather getting better each day.

“I mean, every year there are a couple of people who don’t come," he said. "We wish everybody was here, but it is what it is. We have to focus on who is here. We have to focus on getting better and that is what we’re doing to do. When they come, they come, but right now we have to focus on what needs to be focused on and that is getting better each day.”

The next OTA session is May 24 with the next session open to the media being May 31.

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