Tom Brady threw two first quarter interceptions and the Buccaneers lost 29-19 in Washington this past Sunday, the second consecutive loss to the defending Super Bowl champions.
Brady is not accustomed to such breaks and there is a school of thought that the Giants are getting Brady and the Bucks at the wrong time, on the losing track and eager for redemption in Tampa on Monday night.
“I don’t know if it exists,” coach Joe Judge said. “This guy always works to get better. I look forward to seeing his best football this year [week], I really want to. I expect Tom to play his best football, I expect him to play his best defense as a team, the best offense, the best coaching job. This is a very talented list. He won the championship last year for a reason.
The judges have known Brady for eight years with Brady in New England as a member of Bill Belichick’s Patriots coaching staff.
RB Devonte Booker, K Graham Gano and FB Eli Penny all missed practice for personal reasons. … LB Lorenzo Carter, who missed the last two games with an ankle injury, showed no sign of his return – he worked with the coaches on the team during Monday’s practice. … Rookie RB Gary Brightwell was activated by the COVID-19 reserve and participated in individual drills. Both Brightwell and Running Backs coach Burton Burns tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the game against the Raiders. Burton also returned to the team this week.
The Giants, coming off their second-best rushing game of the season (31-149), won’t face one of the NFL’s premier run-stoppers in Tampa on Monday night.
DT Vita Vea exited Sunday’s loss with a bone bruise and a slight MCL sprain and is expected to miss the game against the Giants.
Five NFL general managers attended last Saturday’s North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh game, featuring two top quarterbacks in college football, Sam Howell of North Carolina and Kenny Pickett of Pitt. The Giants sent their assistant general manager Kevin Abrams to the game.
Don’t contact the dots and assume the Giants are in the market for a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft.
“There are more than just quarterbacks in that game,” the judge said. “We see a lot of players. It was one of the more notable games for our guys to watch in a different way last week, bye week. In our view, it is our job to get to know everyone who is available on the street through these transactions and through next year’s draft, free agency. That’s our job, knowing what’s going on there, but I don’t read much about it.