Nonetheless, Bowles mentioned Brady largely picked up proper the place he left off and insisted it was “probably just conditioning” that the seven-time Tremendous Bowl champion missed out on.
“He is a movie junkie — I am positive he is watched tape of every little thing. So him coming again in, selecting up the place he left off, simply getting used to the mechanics once more.
“He’s very familiar with the offense, so him coming back in and us getting back to work is kind of normal. Just getting used to the heat and getting used to the guys, but he ran the offense well.”
Nonetheless, Bucs tight finish Cameron Brate mentioned “it was definitely weird” practising with out their star quarterback.
“Tom is such an omnipresent being, he’s like the unquestioned leader of the team,” he mentioned. “For him to not be there for 11 days, it was kind of a good opportunity for other guys to step up and fill that void.
“It was completely different, Tom is normally sort of cussing guys up and down the sphere after we’re messing up, however we did not actually have that. It was completely different, however I assumed a few of the different veterans stepped up. I assumed Blaine [Gabbert] did a great job commanding the primary staff offense whereas Tom was out.
“I’m sure wherever Tom was, he was working out still and getting his reps in. If anyone can get away with an 11-day break during training camp, it’s Tom. He came back firing on all cylinders.”
Lineback Lavonte David added, “Obviously, his presence is one of a kind. He’s Tom Brady, so when he’s not out there, you kind of know. But after the first couple of days or whatever went by, we just went on back to our regularly scheduled program, everybody going out there to work.”
It is unclear why Brady, who initially introduced his retirement in February solely to later reverse his resolution, took the excused absence, however Bowles mentioned it was a plan that had been in place from earlier than preseason coaching camp started.
Since becoming a member of the Bucs in 2020 from the New England Patriots, Brady has helped to dramatically enhance the staff’s fortunes.
A perennial underachiever earlier than his arrival, the Bucs received the Tremendous Bowl in Brady’s first season on the helm, incomes the legendary QB his seventh Tremendous Bowl ring.
The staff fell in need of expectations final season, however many are predicting a run on the Tremendous Bowl title once more this yr, even with their talisman presently out of motion.
The Bucs begin their regular-season towards the Dallas Cowboys on September 11.