Reporting on which NFL players are absent from organized team activities has become an annual tradition. However, the voluntary nature of OTAs has given Bill Belichick an easy route to side-step questions.
When asked if Tom Brady’s absence from workouts affected the team’s OTA work, per Ryan Hannable of WEEI, Belichick deflected.
Belichick asked about Brady missing OTAs: It’s a voluntary program. You’ll have to ask him about that.
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) June 5, 2018
The concerns about a rift between Brady and Belichick are real, but the veteran missing voluntary workouts wasn’t a big deal.
Still, Belichick has no interest in discussing the situation. He cited a good relationship with Brady, per Zach Cox of NESN, and that’s about it.
Neither side will reveal much, but Brady is there for mandatory work. The NFL world should never have expected anything less.