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Antonio Brown speaks to media for first time since joining Patriots

Antonio Brown (right) greets Tom Brady during practice Thursday.Barry Chin/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — Antonio Brown broke his non-social media silence Thursday afternoon, the wide receiver making his first appearance in the Patriots locker room when reporters were present.

It also marked Brown’s first comments since he was hit with a civil lawsuit by his former trainer, Britney Taylor, who has accused Brown of rape and sexual assault.

Brown sidestepped questions about his off-field issues and stuck to football answers during the four-question, minute-long session at his locker.

The 10-year veteran, who is with his third team this calendar year — after forcing a trade by the Steelers and being released by the Raiders — said he was “super grateful” to be a part of the Patriots organization and that he was just going to “focus on ball.’’


When asked if he was in good standing to remain on the active roster, Brown deflected the question.

“I’m super grateful to be here. I’m thankful to Bill Belichick and Tom Brady,’’ said Brown, wearing a black winter cap and a gray Patriots hoodie with the sleeves shortened. “I’ve got a lot of the offense to learn and catch up [on], but I’m excited and grateful to be here and be a part of these guys.’’

When pressed about whether he had received any word from the NFL about his availability going forward, Brown again stuck to football.

“I appreciate that question,’’ he said. “I’m just here to focus on ball and look forward to get out there in the home stadium with the team.’’

Brown appears on track to do just that Sunday when the Patriots host the Jets at 1 p.m.

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The receiver signed with the Patriots Sept. 9, one day before news of Taylor’s lawsuit came out.

He made his Patriots debut last Sunday, catching four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown from Brady. The two have spent extra time working together and that was evident at Thursday’s practice.


During the window in which media was allowed to watch, Brady took time out from the stretching period to have a brief one-on-one tutorial with Brown. Brady was animated as he used his arms to direct how he preferred a certain route run and also acted as a defensive back, backpedaling as he directed Brown which direction to run.

“It’s been a tremendous honor [working with Brady],’’ Brown said. “He’s been here a long time, a lot of details, a lot of work ethic. Great guy to be around just to inspire everyone here.’’

Tom Brady and Antonio Brown have worked to forge a professional relationship since Brown joined the Patriots.Barry Chin/The Boston Globe/Globe Staff

It appears Brown has bought into the Patriots team-first mantra. When he was asked what the process has been like getting up to speed in New England with everything else that has been going on his life, he again stuck to football.

“Well, it’s football,’’ he said. “I’m grateful to play football. Every time you walk in the doors here, you do your best for the team. So, every time I walk in here, I just want to make sure I’m preparing to give these guys my best.’’

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Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.