He said it with a straight face.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was surrounded by a scrum of reporters following Saturday's training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, and the topic of discussion was the team's stocked depth chart at receiver, filled with players with whom Brady has previously developed a solid rapport. Not all of them will stick around; at least one familiar face likely will be sent packing.
The questioner began: "You're going to be on the team, but one of those receivers ... "
Brady politely interrupted.
"I hope so," he said.
"I hope so," he said again, repeating the thought.
Tom Brady not making the Patriots? Does the greatest quarterback in franchise history really believe that when Bill Belichick makes the team's final cut down to 53 players in late August that he might not be here?
No, probably not, but it's the mindset Brady brings to the practice field every day. It shows in the fiery way he competes in training camp.
"I still feel like a young kid out here trying to earn a spot," he said Saturday.