Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady hasn't dropped back in a game situation for nearly nine months. He watched the New England Patriots play many of last year's games from his bed. Since his knee injury Sept. 7, he hadn't been in command of a huddle.
But Brady didn't forget how to pass.
"Throwing's not the problem at all," Brady said after Thursday's organized team activity outside Gillette Stadium.
The workout was open to the media. Ninety-six reporters, still photographers and cameramen showed up to document the first look at Brady in action since he suffered two torn knee ligaments on opening day last year.
Brady met the press for about 25 minutes. One of the common themes was the period of adjustment Brady is going through after so much inactivity, a new knee brace and changes both to the roster and the coaching staff.
The future Hall of Famer admitted he's knocking off the rust, but not because of the knee.
"At this point, it's just about getting back to the football activities ... not for my leg but more for the rest of me," Brady said. "My everything, my body feels really good. My arm feels good.
"I'm not completing as many passes as I want, but we haven't been out here very long. It's just about getting better every day. If you can do that and make continuous improvements, then over the course of weeks and months I'll be a better player."
Brady said he was disappointed in Thursday's demonstration, saying "I don't think I've been very sharp the last three days in practice."
But he looked fine in drills. He zipped tight spirals on the mark before the team moved to a field farthest from reporters for 11-on-11 work.
"I feel like it's spring time and 50 degrees and rainy in Boston," Brady said. "It's the start of a new year. I wish we'd come out and throw 90 percent completions out here every day and everyone's on the same page and no mental errors, but because we're so new to this there's a lot of mistakes that we're making."
As for the brace, Brady's not a fan of it, but head athletic trainer Jim Whalen apparently doesn't care what the two-time Super Bowl MVP thinks.
"You don't even really notice it," Brady said with a grin. "I'd rather not wear it, but Jim's forcing me to wear it. So I gotta listen to him."