Minicamp is now a thing of the past, and NFL players typically use this remaining time to catch one last breather before the hectic NFL season officially begins with training camp. The season is undoubtedly a crazy grind, so you can image that a majority of players and even coaches really try to take advantage of this period before training camp. For Patriots quarterback Tom Brady however, this time off is anything but a vacation:
“I think we really had our vacation. I think that part’s over,” Brady said. “Not that you shouldn’t enjoy time with your family and stuff like that. For those seven months we’re pretty busy every day. I think you really focus on being prepared for camp. It’s really a time to start accelerating your preparation because you’ve got a lot of time to basically know what you need to improve on.
“Maybe it’s conditioning or any particular aspect of your game that you really need to work on that showed up in this particular camp, and you’ve got five weeks to work on it, make it better so you come into camp at the most important time, really at your best.”

When an NFL MVP/Super Bowl champion says that you need to use this time wisely, it is likely that younger teammates listen. This gap between minicamp and training camp is totally free for any player to do what they please with, but the league's finest make sure to still get work done. Brady in particular spent this time with his family watching the World Cup but you can only imagine that in the meantime he was fine-tuning certain skills with training camp right around the corner. It's the extra work that separates the bad from the good, and the good from the great.

Anthony Aidonidis

Anthony Aidonidis 7/04/2014 12:40:00 PM Edit

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