FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Quarterback Tom Brady has participated in all 26 of the New England Patriots training camp practices, and, unlike past years, he hasn't restricted himself to a pitch count to preserve his arm.
So how does he feel at this point?
"I feel great, as great as you can feel," Brady said Tuesday morning following a joint practice with the Atlanta Falcons. "My arm feels good, my legs feel good, my finger feels good. I've got no concerns."
That should ease the concerns of Patriots followers, as Brady's health regularly generates a buzz, most recently when he was spotted with the index and middle finger on his right throwing hand taped together.
In addition to giving himself a clean bill of health Tuesday, the 33-year-old Brady also touched on how the team's infusion of youth has given him a charge as well.
"Those guys add a lot, they bring a lot of energy," he said. "They are excited to be out here and excited to be playing. It's been a fun camp. I hate to use those two words together, but it really has been."
For those who follow New England football, Tuesday's joint practice between the Patriots and Falcons provided a treat, as Brady worked on one field and former Boston College star Matt Ryan was on the other. Since entering the NFL, Ryan has studied Brady's footwork and mechanics, and the two talked briefly before the morning practice, with Brady careful not to pass along too many helpful tips.
"I don't give away my ideas too easily," he said, before praising Ryan. "I've watched Matt since he was at BC and I've enjoyed it. I've got a lot of respect for Matt."
Brady's presence on the Falcons' playing fields contributed to what some observers called the largest Falcons training camp crowd this year. Those watching him throughout the two-hour workout saw a fiery presence urging his teammates to raise their level of play.
"If the quarterback won't do it, then who will do it?" he said of his spit-fire approach. "We're coming out here and competing. We came a long way for these practices [so] we may as well come out and play our best."
One area Brady said the Patriots are prioritizing is the running game, fully utilizing their new tight ends with some new blocking schemes because "you can control the whole game if you're able to run the ball."
As for the work being done on a potential contract extension, Brady had nothing to report.
"No news," he said. "Just keep practicing, going back and doing what I can control."