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Tom Brady’s advice for Drake Maye as Patriots camp battle looms

Tom Brady has some advice for Patriots’ next rising quarterback, Drake Maye.

Surround yourself with the right people and give it your all, and that’s what helped Brady go from a sixth-round draft pick to one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

“I’m very lucky to be around him and I like him a lot,” Brady told Yahoo Sports. “I’ve heard great things about him, but whether he gets the opportunity or not depends on how he takes it, how he develops it, how he wants to approach his profession, just like we all do. It’s not about where you are at 22, it’s about who you’re around at 22. Who inspires you to be better? Who helps you grow? I was very lucky. Looking back at my career, I looked at other competitors like Peyton Manning, Steve McNair, Vinny Testaverde. [New York] The Jets. Brett Favre was playing there.”

Tom Brady chats with Patriots owner Robert Kraft during the team’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony on June 12, 2024. Getty Images
“I’m not going to lie,” Drake Maye told reporters at Patriots minicamp on June 12, 2024. Eric Cagna – USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots selected Maye out of the University of North Carolina with the third overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

Maye threw 63 touchdown passes and ran for scores 16 times for the Tar Heels, ranking fourth in school history in total offense (9,227 yards), fifth in passing yards, fourth in passing touchdowns and sixth in completions.

The Patriots are hoping he can help the team regain relevance after a downturn with Mac Jones, whom they took 15th overall in 2021 and traded to the Jaguars three months ago.

Maye is feeling more pressure after college than Brady is.

Patriots quarterbacks Drake Maye (10) and Jacoby Brissett (14) pitch during Patriots minicamp on June 12, 2024. AP

Brady recalls that the caliber of quarterbacks at the time was so high that he was forced to grow up quickly.

“I was looking around at all these incredible quarterbacks,” Brady said, “and incredible coaches. The competition was tough, the coaches were tough. I had to grow and develop. Those were the guys I wanted.” [young] We all have the same things. We just don’t see them the same way we did back then. [in my career]”… It seems like our players and coaches are slowing down. They’re not coaching anymore. They have less time to coach. There are a lot of reasons. … First, we need to be aware of it and then do some things to make a change.”