Patriots QB Tom Brady will not attend start of OTAs

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It's the first OTA session, which is essentially passing camp. He'll be fine. He's going to play about two more years and he might not play nice with the Patriots during all the offseason stuff over that stretch. Most do attend, but there are a few players around the National Football League each spring who opt to do their own thing until attendance becomes compulsory. The first two phases can be viewed as really no big deal to miss as long as players are keeping in shape on their own, but once real on-field work is missed, then it becomes a real story.

Tom Brady's offseason absence will continue. After not showing up for Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the offseason practice, Brady still hasn't reported and didn't for the first day of OTAs.

Again, OTAs are voluntary, so players can not be fined or punished for no-showing. Brady is a tone-setting leader, but that leadership has limited impact when he isn't in the building. Even if Brady attends that he will have missed a significant portion of the offseason program.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, however, the duo will be back by the time mandatory minicamp begins.

If Brady stays home, Brian Hoyer and seventh-round draft pick Danny Etling would be tasked with running the Patriots' offense.

It's also unclear if tight end Rob Gronkowski will be in attendance on Monday. "This is uncharted waters for the Patriots and Tom Brady", Rapoport said on Good Morning Football. Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia already said tackles Isaiah Wynn, Trent Brown and Marcus Cannon, along with guard Joe Thuney will not participate. Other players to keep an eye on are Edelman, Mitchell, Dont'a Hightower, Harvey Langi, Derek Rivers, Vincent Valentine, Cyrus Jones, Nate Ebner and Jonathan Jones.

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There are a number of players who are coming back from season-ending injuries a year ago and if they are on the field this week, it's a sign they are pretty much fully recovered. Defensive end Adrian Clayborn, another free agent addition, tweaked his quad during workouts, according to ESPN.com's Mike Reiss, putting his availability for OTAs into question.

Per the Boston Globe, Brady has been seen training both on the beach and on the field at UCLA. The nature of these unpadded practices makes evaluating offensive linemen hard, anyway.

It also will be interesting to see what Etling has.

Look: again, he's Tom Brady.

One of the best examples to highlight this in recent memory came with running back Dion Lewis in 2015.

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