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Tom Brady explains why he gets so fired up during training camp practices: 'I ask guys to dig a little deeper'

Ryan Hannable
August 16, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Even though it is just training camp and the regular season is three weeks away, don't tell that to Tom Brady.

Despite turning 40 years old this month, Brady still acts like he's competing for the starting job each practice and wants to make sure his teammates are playing with the same emotion as he is. It is not an uncommon sight to see the quarterback ripping into other members of the offense.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday in West Virginia, he explained why he does this.

"I'm always pretty frustrated throughout the day in practices," he said. "You’re just trying to create some urgency. I ask guys to dig a little deeper. It goes like that. Sometimes things don’t go great in the first quarter of games, sometimes they don’t go great in the first half, sometimes they don’t go great for the first three quarters, but you’ve got to keep grinding. You’ve got to keep digging deeper. A lot of times football is a lot about momentum. Things don’t go well early and then you find a little rhythm, start making some plays, scoring some points and then you can rattle off 28 points. That’s football. 

"I think what you realize with this team is they're not going to make it easy on you. There is no easy play, there is no easy throw, there is no easy run. They’ve got good players, they’ve got a good scheme, so it’s really challenging and has forced us to raise our game."

He is particularly hard on himself, like when he misses an open receiver, which he did on Wednesday with Rob Gronkowski.

"I mean we've got to make that play," Brady said. "It’s got to be a better throw. We've just got to come up with it. Sometimes you get the exact look you want versus a certain play and it’s not a productive play. Those are the ones that you kick yourself on. Then there’s some plays where they’ve got the right defense called versus what you have called and sometimes an incompletion – that’s what it is. Plays where it really should be a completion and a big gain, those are the ones you’ve got to come up with."

Brady and the Patriots will open the season three weeks from Thursday at home against the Chiefs.

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