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Ongoing workouts draw criticism
Brady was singled out by NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith for continuing to convene a sizable group of teammates for regular workouts despite medical advice to the contrary, ESPN.com reports. "They're not in the best interest of protecting our players heading into training camp, and I don't think they are in the best interest of us getting through an entire season," Smith said.
Week 1 availability not in question
Expected to be ready for camp
Franchise tag up in the air
Effect of Brady unclear
Could be kept under wraps
Mentoring elite QB prospect
Potential growing pains in '20?
To be joined by veteran?
Offensive alchemy on the horizon
Looking for heavier workload
Engaging in unauthorized workouts?
Brady and tight end Cameron Brate have recently been working out -- a violation of current NFL offseason policies -- according to a statement by the latter on the Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn's Instagram Live show, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Bending rules on workouts?
Could have opening to job
Big red-zone role ahead?
Johnson could be a consistent presence in red-zone packages during his rookie season, given his high level of proficiency in that area of the field during his college days.
Bucs keeping pressure on
Should have robust rookie role
Vaughn is projected to have a well-rounded role during his rookie 2020 season, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports. "The idea is to get him here and see what he does best," general manager Jason Licht said of Vaughn. "We know that he's got good speed. We know that he can catch the ball. We know that he's good in space - he's been very productive there. I think he's capable of playing on all three downs so you can't have too many good backs. If you have a guy who can do multiple things, it makes him even more valuable to your team."
No true lead-back role on horizon
Jones is likely to share carries in 2020 in much the same way he did with Peyton Barber last season after the Buccaneers drafted Vanderbilt's Ke'Shawn Vaughn in the third round Friday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. "I don't think there's that many teams in the league who have just one featured runner anymore," said Buccaneers Director of Player Personnel John Spytek. "That's kind of gone by the wayside. There's a couple, but most teams are kind of doing it by committee."
May have reunited with Brady in NE
Gronkowski revealed Wednesday that he would have considered rejoining the Patriots if quarterback Tom Brady had remained with the team, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports. "I would've definitely looked at the opportunity, for sure. Hands down," Gronkowski noted with regard to the possibility of him returning to New England, as long as Brady was still there.
Linked to Patriots
No offers as of yet
Kicked out of public park
Big boost in opportunity upcoming?
Brate could find himself as the undisputed top tight end on the Buccaneers if the team is successful in its rumored attempts to trade O.J. Howard.
Pats in the mix?
Candidate to be traded