Teammates downplay Brady's rough day

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady endured his most difficult practice of training camp on Thursday, looking sluggish on a handful of throws and committing un-Brady-like mistakes.

It’s a rare sight for Patriots fans, having grown accustomed to laser precision and accuracy from the 34-year-old.

Wide receiver Wes Welker, however, expressed that days like today only serve to motivate Brady to be better the next time out.

“You know, it’s good to see he’s human sometimes,” he said. “Everybody has bad plays out there. It’s how you bounce back from them and how you go out there and compete and keep fighting and really get after it out there. And he’s always doing that and understanding that if he makes a bad play, he’s going to come back and make one 10 times better the next time. That’s the type of mentality he has, and it really rubs off on all the other guys out there.”

Welker believes that the high standards Brady sets for himself are part of why he has been such a successful player.

“He’s his biggest critic. As much as Coach even stays on him and everything else, he’s his own worst enemy sometimes when it comes to that. It’s great to see. He cares, and he wants to be great, and he is great. That’s probably why.”

Despite the rough day, Brady will surely bounce back. Safety Patrick Chung says he's among a group on defense that is fortunate enough to practice against Brady on a daily basis.

"Going up against him is definitely going to make you better. Hands down," Chung said. "Everybody knows it. We just have to keep stringing them along. He's going to make us better."