FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady popped out of the training room Wednesday afternoon and saw a large media contingent setting up shop near Josh Gordon’s locker, which is adjacent to Brady’s.
“Full house,’’ the quarterback commented as he seamlessly negotiated his way around the crowd without the slightest hitch in his step.
So, it was a bit of a surprise when news filtered out moments after Brady’s brief locker room appearance that he’d been limited at practice because of a calf problem.
According to an ESPN report, Brady is expected to be a full-go for Thursday’s practice.
Any concerns when your quarterback is listed as limited on the practice/participation report?
“Not when your quarterback is Tom Brady,’’ fellow captain Matthew Slater said matter-of-factly.
“No,’’ said a smiling Phillip Dorsett when asked if he was concerned at all about Brady’s availability.
Brady’s durability is legendary in NFL circles. He’s missed games because of injury only in 2008 when he tore his ACL and MCL in the season opener.
This is the first time this season Brady has appeared on the report.
Not so fast
Disgruntled Jaguar Jalen Ramsey proclaimed himself the best cornerback in the league this week, saying there “ain’t no argument” about it.
Apparently there is a debate, however, and Jets coach Adam Gase cast his vote for New England’s Stephon Gilmore.
“I mean, he’s probably the best corner in the league,’’ Gase said during a conference call. “Just the fact of, if he’s one-on-one, he’s very difficult to get open on. He has a very good knowledge of the game. He understands splits, he understands break points, he understands stems and things like that, that really make it challenging for any receiver.’’
Gase, known for his offensive prowess, said game planning for Gilmore is challenging.
“As a play-caller, you’re aware of [his skills] and you just have to understand that he’s playing chess while everybody else is playing checkers,” Gase said. “Especially the past couple years, he’s playing at an extremely high level.’’
Gilmore called Gase’s praise “a big compliment,” but the 2018 Pro Bowl selection wasn’t about to anoint himself at the head of the class.
“I don’t know,’’ he said. “I will let everyone else have their opinion. I am confident in myself each and every play. I try to work hard each and every day to be successful on the field.’’
Gilmore did acknowledge that being the best is a goal.
“You want to be the best, but you have to put the work in to be the best,” he said. “I try to do that each and every week, and I’ll let y’all make that comment.’’
Fullback James Develin (neck) and outside linebacker Shilique Calhoun (not football-related) were the only players missing from practice. Develin was nicked in the Dolphins game and spent a brief time in the medical tent before returning. In addition to Brady, offensive linemen Marcus Cannon (shoulder) and Caleb Benenoch (calf), and tight end Matt LaCosse (ankle) also were limited. Running back Brandon Bolden (hamstring) was a full participant . . . Gase said it’s been great working with receiver Braxton Berrios, who signed with the Jets after being released by the Patriots on cutdown day. Gase said he saw a lot of Berrios when the receiver/returner was at the University of Miami and Gase was running the Dolphins, and that the organization had its eye on him. “I know when he went to New England we were all sitting there and we were like, ‘Great, they got the next one ready to go,’ ’’ Gase said. “So, just getting the chance to be around him, love his work ethic, love how competitive he is, his attitude.’’