FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady celebrated his completion by throwing his hands into the air and shouting as if it was a game-winning catch.
Whoa, calm down.
It was only a pass to newcomer Danny Amendola at minicamp more than a month before training camp and with no one allowed to hit the quarterback.
But to Brady, it was a sign that he and his likely top wide receiver are making progress as he tries to develop chemistry with a new group. In the offseason, the New England Patriots parted with Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd following a season in which they were the team's top two pass catchers.
"Danny has come in and he's been fun to play with," Brady said. "He's diving out there for catches. He's really done everything that we've asked him to do."
That excites the two-time NFL most valuable player entering his 14th season with the Patriots but with just one wide receiver who has ever caught a pass from him. That's Julian Edelman, who had 21 receptions last season but missed minicamp with a foot injury.
Brady knows it will take time to develop chemistry with his new receivers but was excited when Amendola made a catch over the middle during an 11-on-11 drill on Tuesday, the first day of minicamp.
"It was only one play, and we're trying to stack as many of those up as we can," Amendola said.
Brady said he had told the receiver what to do.
"The first time he didn't quite get it and the second time he got it a little more, but not quite. And finally we nailed it," Brady said. "Hopefully, once you get that feeling of nailing it, you can understand it.
"I've developed some great chemistry with receivers over the years that body language is really important — when to (stop), when to move, when to give me your eyes, when to give me your hands, all those little cues that you're using to try to anticipate things as players are very important."