Tom Brady admits he wouldn't throw to some receivers he didn't trust

Ryan Hannable
April 08, 2020 - 12:59 pm

When it came to Tom Brady and his pass-catchers, there was a common phrase of "the circle of trust."

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Not all players were able to get inside that circle, as Brady demanded a lot. In fact, the majority of players to come through New England over the years were not able to.

So, how did Brady act with Bill Belichick when it comes to players he did not trust?

“I would say, ‘I don’t have any trust that this guy can help us win the game,’" he said Wednesday on The Howard Stern Show. “I’ve definitely expressed my opinion to say, ‘If you put him out there, I’m not going to throw him the ball.’ The whole team is trusting me to do what’s right by the team, so you can’t put someone out there who I don’t believe in. Because if I don’t believe in him, it’s worthless for the team.

"I think fortunately for me, Coach Belichick always saw it the same way as me, which is why I think we had such a great connection. He saw football very much the same way that I saw it. All the coaches that I worked with on a daily basis, they want the same thing.”

It is interesting that Brady and the coach were actually on the same page when it comes to this.

Relating to this past season, perhaps this is why rookie receiver Jakobi Meyers saw his playing time get drastically decreased as the year went on because Brady did not trust him.

This is something to keep an eye on with the new receivers he will be working with in Tampa Bay.

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