Tom Brady has ‘high expectations’ for Buccaneers, ‘hopeful’ Rob Gronkowski returns to decides

Tom Brady unretired and returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an eighth Super Bowl title.

After helping lead the Bucs to their first NFC South title since 2007 last year, TB12 said Thursday that a close-up of mandatory minicamp should continue to make the organization run another deep postseason.

“The season’s already started. You’re competing every day out there. You’re either getting better or you’re getting worse. You’re not going out there to break a sweat, you’re going to get things out there. , “Brady said. “I think this should be my opinion in our best opportunity to play our best football because we’re the longest, and why shouldn’t it? We know each other, we know the scheme, we’ve been through Lots of challenging situations in games and now we’ve got to go out there and execute it as well as we possibly can. “

In Brady’s first season in Tampa, he led the Bucs to the Lombardi Trophy. After keeping the core of the club together, the Bucs overcame a big playoff deficit against the eventual Super Bowl champion Rams in last season’s Divisional Round.

With Todd Bowles taking over the head coaching job from Bruce Arians, the Bucs have a continuity advantage over other clubs. In addition to bringing back many of their key players, Tampa added the likes of receiver Russell Gage and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and traded guard Shaq Mason to help smooth over losses on the offensive line.

One significant question for Brady’s offense is whether the future Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski will return or head back to retirement. Brady said Thursday he’s hopeful to have Gronk back, but if not, they’ll figure out how to fill his role.

“I think it just obviously totally up to him,” Brady said. “We’d all love to play with him, but he got to make the best decision for himself, and he knows that. Anyone who cares about him knows what he’s doing right for him, which is trying to figure it out. Don’t have a training camp for about six weeks, so whoever got to do it figure out. We’ll be hopeful if he does, and if he doesn’t, then we still gotta go out there and figure out what to do. do. “

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