FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke with reporters after Friday's practice and one theme that stood out was how the team is well behind its normal pace, a result of having no offseason camps and limited practices in training camp.
One example was goal-line work. Brady said it was good to work on the goal-line Friday, which was something the team would have done much earlier in camp in past years.
"It's been quite a bit different," Brady said. "There's a lot of work to be done, in all honesty. We've missed a lot of practices this spring, we missed a lot of practices this summer. The time we have on the field is so valuable. We can't afford to make mistakes and get behind because we're already behind. There's a lot of ground to make up."
Brady made the point that it's a tough year to be a young player.
"They're trying the best they can," he said. "We're making plenty of mistakes, but we're trying to get them corrected, so we can move on to other things."
All other NFL teams are in the same situation, a result of the lockout and new collective bargaining agreement. It's been an adjustment.
"The learning curve has to be so fast," Brady said. "You can't come out here and have a bad practice, because look, you don't have many of them. We're on the field for two-and-a-half, three hours, but it goes fast out here. Today, we did a little more. Finally we're getting into goal-line. In the spring time, in a normal next year, our whole goal-line package will be installed. Just now guys are doing it for the first time. It takes a lot. Guys are going to have to do a lot of extra work."