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Tom Brady on working with rookie huge receivers: ‘We gotta actually have a bond’

Tom Brady could have a brand new receiver to throw to in the course of the 2021 season, and getting him assimilated into the offense as rapidly and cleanly as doable is likely one of the many duties for him and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay chosen huge receiver Jaelon Darden out of North Texas within the fourth spherical. Brady informed NFL author Peter King in his “Soccer Morning in America” column on Monday he is aware of how troublesome it’s for a rookie receiver to come back into the league.

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“It’s actually onerous for a rookie receiver within the NFL. Every little thing is new. You’ve got a play, then I modify the play, then I have a look at you and I modify the route, then I see a protection that we didn’t essentially discuss. Each play I’m like, hey that is what I’m pondering. And also you gotta have somebody who can take the critique,” he informed King.

“Nobody can repair it besides the quarterback and receiver. Doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks. I’m throwing the ball. You’re catching it. We gotta actually have a bond, a connection between us. You gotta assume what I’m pondering on a regular basis. The extra you discuss and the extra you do it, the higher it’s. The longer I play with guys, the higher it’s. The shorter you play collectively, you’ll be able to’t cowl all the pieces in 5 weeks of coaching camp. Or in two years collectively. 5 years collectively? Perhaps. Seven years collectively, okay, that’s fairly good. You play seven years along with a receiver, you can also make plenty of magic occur. However after a 12 months or two, there’s nonetheless issues. There’s so many variables that you simply gotta get proper. We’re taking part in a chess recreation.”

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Darden performed 4 years with the Imply Inexperienced. He had 230 catches for two,782 yards and 38 touchdowns in 47 collegiate video games.

Darden informed King he was “star-struck” when he lastly met the seven-time Tremendous Bowl champion.

“The primary time I met him after the draft, I used to be star-struck. He mentioned, ‘Hey Jaelon. Completely happy to have you ever on the staff. I studied your movie.’ What an honor. Then he took time to show me the right way to win towards coverages. Like, ‘When the nook performs you right here, I’m gonna have the ball at this actual spot.’ Day-after-day, I put my onerous hat on and work and study,” Darden informed King.

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The defending champions will tackle the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 9 – the NFL’s first night time again.

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