However, more than 70 players participate in the organized team activity.
More than 70 players on the current 90-man roster attended Tuesdayâs workout (staged in helmets and shorts) at AdventHealth Training Center, the first of 10 organized team activities before the three-day mandatory minicamp starting June 7. The veteran participants included 2021 Pro Bowlers Vita Vea, Ryan Jensen, Antoine Winfield Jr. and Tristan Wirfs.
âImpressive,â Bowles said.
Perhaps the only under-represented groups: the offensive skill players and linebackers. After throwing to teammates recently during Phase 2 of the teamâs voluntary offseason program, Tom Brady didnât appear Tuesday. Nor did tailback Leonard Fournette, receiver Mike Evans, left tackle Donovan Smith, cornerback Carlton Davis III or linebackers Lavonte David, Devin White or Shaquil Barrett.
âAgain, itâs voluntary,â Bowles said. âI know where each and every one of them are, and a lot of them have good reasons not to be (in attendance), so weâll go from there and coach the guys that are here.â
Bowles reiterated he remains in frequent contact with Brady, but offered the quip of the day when asked how regularly the two communicate.
âI donât think that needs to be public knowledge, how much me and my girlfriend date,â he said. âBut we talk, and weâre on the same page. Weâre in lockstep. Weâre in lockstep with (offensive coordinator) Byron (Leftwich) and (quarterbacks coach) Clyde (Christensen), so everythingâs good.â
Cornerback Dee Delaney, a surprise survivor of final roster cuts last season, ended Tuesdayâs workout with two big plays in 11-on-11 work.