Tom Brady addresses wide receiver position depleted by injuries


NASHVILLE -- The Patriots currently have a bit of an injury problem at wide receiver.

Julian Edelman (NFI), Demaryius Thomas (PUP), Cameron Meredith (PUP), N'Keal Harry (undisclosed injury), Phillip Dorsett (undisclosed injury) and Maurice Harris (undisclosed injury) all did not participate in Thursday's joint practice with the Titans.

This meant Tom Brady threw the majority of his passes to the likes of Jakobi Meyers, Dontrelle Inman, Braxton Berrios and Gunner Olszewski. 

Certainly not ideal, but Brady knows he has to make do.

“Those guys are working hard," he said. "Training camp is an interesting time with a lot of bodies and there a lot of guys going in and out. Some years you might have three guys set or four guys set. I think this year we haven’t really had that. It’s good work for the quarterbacks just to make a read and make a throw. Whether we come up with it or not, at least we are going to the right place and making a good decisive play. There is still a lot to be gained with guys moving in and out. That’s just the way it’s been.”

The 42-year-old acknowledged he has no control over the situation, but did say he saw improvement over the course of the two joint practices.

“I don’t think that is really in my control and I think for the guys that are out there they are trying to get the work they need to do," he said. "I think there was good competitive work. They are going against Malcolm (Butler), Logan (Ryan), Adoree' (Jackson). Those are three really good corners. They have two really good safeties. Good group of linebackers, good scheme. Whoever is in there has to get the work. It was a good couple of days.”

The two teams will play Saturday night, but it's unclear if Brady will see action or not.