For Patriots players, the 2019 season has officially begun.
The team opened its voluntary offseason program this afternoon, as players reported to Gillette Stadium for strength and conditioning workouts.
Quarterback Tom Brady is not expected to be in attendance for the foreseeable future, however.
According to a source, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Brady go the same route he took in the 2018 offseason, when he skipped the voluntary portion of the program and only participated in a mandatory three-day minicamp.
Given the way Brady’s 2018 season played out, there isn’t much reason for him to reconsider his approach. He’s already a few weeks into his individual preparation for the new season, which will be his 20th with the Patriots.
Players are limited to strength and conditioning and rehab for the first two weeks of the voluntary offseason program. By the third week, individual on-field drills are permitted. The Patriots will hold their first Organized Team Activity (OTA) on May 20. That’s when teams can engage in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.
With the NFL Draft around the corner, the Patriots are still in the process of filling out Brady’s receiving corps. Julian Edelman returns as the No. 1 target. Beyond him, there’s uncertainty in the group. Phillip Dorsett, who re-signed on a one-year deal, is currently the team’s No. 2 option. Josh Gordon has been training in Florida, but he remains indefinitely suspended by the NFL. Gordon was given an offer by the Patriots in restricted free agency.
The Pats signed free-agent receivers Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris, but neither is guaranteed to make the team.
In the wake of Rob Gronkowski’s retirement, New England brought in talented tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins on a one-year deal.