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Robert Kraft understands why Tom Brady is missing OTAs, doesn't seem concerned

Ryan Hannable
May 23, 2018 - 8:26 am

For the first time in his career, Tom Brady is missing OTAs where 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work is done on the field. In the past, even if Brady misses Phases 1 and 2 of the voluntary offseason workout program, he returns for Phase 3.

That hasn't happened yet, as he missed Monday and Tuesday's sessions and it doesn't seem like he will step on the field until mandatory minicamp June 5-7.

“I can only say this – I know he’s very excited about being at minicamp and having a very special season this year,” owner Robert Kraft said to reporters at the league meetings in Atlanta Wednesday morning.

“I’ve been in communication with Tom. I think he’s very excited about the upcoming season,” he added. “These are voluntary workouts. I heard he’s in great shape.”

Brady has said this offseason is about his family, and it seems Kraft understands where he's coming from.

“I was thinking back to when he joined us, where he’s blessed to have three children now and he’s built a number of businesses and has certain responsibilities,” Kraft said. “I think it’s very hard for him to fulfill those during the season and the commitment that he has to football.”

Bill Belichick wouldn't even use the quarterbacks name when asked about Brady's absence on Tuesday, but Kraft said he doesn't believe there are any issues between the two.

“My point of view, nothing’s changed, everything is good, and I think [Brady’s] very excited about coming back. And I know we’re excited to have him,” Kraft said.

Kraft also seemed to indicate Rob Gronkowki will be joining Brady on the field for mandatory minicamp in June.

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