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Teaching Bucs offense to Tom Brady is ´weird´ – Brate

May 21 2020 10:24 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate admitted it is somewhat surreal to be teaching Tom Brady about his new team's offense.

Having won six Super Bowl rings during a glorious 20-year run with the New England Patriots, there are few, if any, quarterbacks who can match Brady's level of experience.

However, after leaving the Patriots for the Buccaneers earlier in the offseason, Brady has a new system to learn and different team-mates to develop chemistry with.

Earlier this week he was practicing with some of those team-mates at a school in Tampa Bay, with Brate revealing there was something of a role reversal as Brady tries to get up to speed.

"He seemed like a really down-to-earth, great team-mate," Brate told SiriusXM.

"It's a little weird now working with him now at the beginning of his Bucs tenure because we're kind of teaching him our verbiage and it's kind of a backward way of how it's probably going to progress during the season, with him teaching us a lot about the game and how he sees things.

"Right now it's only a couple of weeks at the Bucs [for Brady] and he's trying to work out what we call stuff so we're teaching him the offense, which is a little weird."

There is at least one familiar face for Brady after ex-Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was lured out of retirement and traded to the Bucs.

Gronkowski, considered by many to be the best tight end to ever play the game, was part of three Super Bowl-winning teams in New England, where he caught 79 regular-season touchdowns and amassed 7,861 receiving yards across nine seasons.

"It seems like what you see is what you get with him," Brate added of the larger-than-life Gronkowski.

"He seems like the Gronk you see in the media… that's just who Gronk is, which is great.

"I love to have a good time and joke around and I think we're going to get on really well.

"We're super-talented in the tight-end room and I'm just really excited with our group there."

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