Tom Brady, Danny Amendola dominate at Patriots-Eagles joint practice
PHILADELPHIA – On the day the “music died” here at the Philadelphia Eagles’ Nova Care complex Tom Brady still conducted a symphony.
Facing unfamiliar Eagles’ green and white uniforms rather than his fellow Patriots’ blue in the first of three workouts prior to Friday’s pre-season opener, the 36-year-old Brady was still a maestro behind center.
No Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Lloyd, Danny Woodhead and, of course, Aaron Hernandez for receivers. No problem. You got the feeling Brady could’ve picked five people out of the hundreds in the stands, lined them up, then gotten them the ball without skipping a beat.
“Anytime you have new players that you have to incorporate, our offense has been our offense for a long time, ever since I got here and different players have come and we’ve always adapted to the guys that we have and what they’re able to do best,” Brady said following a 2.5 hour session. “That’s what we’re going to continue to try to do and hopefully the guys can come in and create a role for themselves. I would say we have a long way to go and we’re doing some good things and some things that we need to eliminate.
“But I really enjoyed today’s day of work.”
He’ll get another shot at Philadelphia’s revamped secondary Wednesday, leading up to Friday’s game (7:30 p.m., WBZ-4). While going up against Brady will faze any defense, having to do without the loud music that has been a fixture of new coach Chip Kelly’s brief tenure here, was an even bigger adjustment.
That’s where Bill Belichick comes in, deciding he preferred the sounds of silence, over the next three days rather than going with Kelly’s ear splitting mini-rock concerts.
“No music was weird,” admitted Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans. “It took us a while to get going.”
Nothing seemed to bother Brady and his new corps of receivers, particularly Danny Amendola, who’ll be attempting to fill Welker’s spikes after catching 63 passes for 666 yards and three touchdowns in just 11 games last season for the Rams.
“We’re all excited to be here,” said Amendola, who spent the 2009 training camp in Philly and opened the season on the practice squad, before being claimed by St. Louis. “We still have a lot of things to work on.
“But it feels good to get stuff down. We’re still working the kinks out. But I’m looking forward to [Wednesday] and then the game Friday.”
As for Brady, he laughed at the suggestion Belichick might keep him out longer than usual in the pre-season with all these new guys.
“That’s up to coach,” he said. “I know, I love playing out there, so if he tells me to stay out there, great. But I think days like this are equally as important. I think that’s why he’s liked doing this. Coach has really decided to amp our practices up and get us more into game mode.”
Never was that more apparent than Tuesday where watching Tom Brady throw the football was the sweetest music any Patriot fan could ask for.