CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Quarterback Tom Brady answered questions from New England-based reporters for the first time since the New England Patriots selected Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of the draft, and he said he has been impressed by him.
"He's a really nice kid," Brady relayed Friday night during a break in his annual Best Buddies charity football game. "He's a great guy. All the new guys have come in and hopefully they can play a great role on our team."
Garoppolo's role, and how it might affect Brady in the future, has been a hot-button topic in New England. Brady didn't get into that subject Friday night, but struck a positive tone on his personal standing.
"I feel great," he said. "I try to really stay in shape. Especially this time of year, you have to put the work in advance and pay the price early. I am trying to impart that on my younger teammates, that this is the time of year to prepare yourself to play a long season."
Brady, whose remarks were cut short by event organizers after about two minutes, was also asked about the first week of organized team activities. Echoing the words of Bill Belichick, he said the team has a long way to go and will need all of its practice time.
"It's great," he said. "We've had so many guys put on different events over the years -- karaoke events and bowling events, the team's golf tournament. We get great support in the community and it's neat that all the guys come out and support this. It goes both ways -- they've got my back and I've got theirs. It is fun to see them out here on a special night."