The New England Patriots' mandatory minicamp last week also marked the return of the team's two biggest stars: After sitting out the voluntary workouts leading up to the camp, quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski joined their teammates for the three practice sessions. Expectedly, it sounds like the duo working out with the rest of the team was a one-week deal.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, neither Brady nor Gronkowski will partake in this week's organized team activities:
After taking part in mandatory minicamp last week, #Patriots Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are not slated to be part of the final few OTAs (one of which is a field trip) this week, I’m told. See ‘em in July.
As opposed to last week's workouts, this week's are voluntary again. Seeing Brady and Gronkowski skip the four sessions does therefore not come as too big of a surprise after both players' offseasons so far. The duo will continue getting ready on its own and re-join the rest of the team once training camp starts in late July. If minicamp was any indication, both will be in top shape.
The two team captains opting to stay away from this week's activities does not have any immediate consequences for them: Brady does not have any incentives in his contract that he would lose out on, while Gronkowski has already missed his chance to earn a $250,000 bonus. The NFL's best tight end would have needed to attend 90% of New England's voluntary workouts this offseason to trigger the incentive.