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Tom Brady & Buccaneers Week 14 Preparation

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Tom Brady & Buccaneers Week 14 Preparation

Considering the expected learning curve of a new team and locker room, coupled with the 2020 offseason altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Brady has transitioned well and progressed throughout the season.

Zimmer pointed out that Brady’s personnel has changed some since Week 1.

“They’ve had some flux with some of their receivers a little bit. They’ve got Antonio Brown in there now, and I think they’re just getting more comfortable with each other,” Zimmer said. “[Rob] Gronkowski, it looks like he’s real comfortable with him anyway. But Mike Evans is a terrific receiver. [Chris] Godwin and [tight end Cameron] Brate – I mean, they’ve got terrific players.

“Each game’s different, like [it is for all of us]. I think he’s just getting more familiar with guys,” he added.

Here are four other topics Zimmer covered during his media session:

1. Hopeful for Kendricks return

A huge help on defense would be getting Eric Kendricks back in the lineup.

The All-Pro linebacker was on last week’s Injury Report with a calf injury and appeared to tweak it again during pregame warmups Sunday, sidelining him for the Jaguars game.

Zimmer said he “hopes” that Kendricks will be able to return to practice this week, potentially even Wednesday.

“I saw him in the hallway [at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center] today. We’ll see how it goes. We didn’t talk much,” Zimmer said. “We’ve got a few more days to get ready.”

The head coach was also asked if Kendricks is his “favorite” player. Zimmer won’t pick favorites from his team, but he did make an interesting note about a Hall of Famer with an affinity for Kendricks.

“I love Eric Kendricks as a football player, as a competitor. I wouldn’t say he’s my favorite – I’ve got lots of favorites. All the guys that have played for me I have a fondness for. But I love how Eric plays the game,” Zimmer said. “I know [Bill] Parcells told me he’s his favorite player, so how’s that?”

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