Tom Brady addresses speculation linking Patriots to Dez Bryant

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We're just over a week away from the start of the new NFL season, and yet despite the quality of player that he is, Dez Bryant is surprisingly still without a team.

However, two teams have been linked to the wide receiver over recent weeks. These are the Cleveland Browns and the New England Patriots.

While Bryant paid a visit to the Browns, as we saw on Hard Knocks, he is yet to visit the Patriots but is still being heavily linked.

Speaking on WEEI's Kirk and Callahan on Monday, via 247 Sports, Tom Brady spoke about the former Cowboys wide receiver and was asked if he would like to have him on his team.

The Patriots quarterback described Bryant as a "helluva player," but he wouldn't go as far as to suggest he should be on the team.

He said: “I know Dez just a little bit. I think he is obviously a helluva player, but I don’t make those situations for our team and I don’t go in there and tell them who I want. That is not the position I have ever played here.

"You just respect our team for what they are looking for and our personnel people. My job is to play quarterback and whoever is here, that is who I have to make it work with.”

Tom Brady doesn't think he'll be teammates with Dez Bryant

Brady states as well that despite the talents which Bryant possesses, he may struggle in New England's offense like former receivers have struggled to do so in the past.

“I would say receiver is a challenging position in our offense," he said. "We have a very graduate level type of offense. It takes a lot to learn. It’s not easy. Not easy for rookies. Not easy for veterans. It’s a lot of work. It’s time consuming.

"If we are going to be effective on offense we have to have a lot of people out there who can process information quickly and make adjustments. Everything changes week-to-week. Everything is a big adjustment.

Tom Brady doesn't think he'll be teammates with Dez Bryant

"Guys who handle it and can compete and have the skills do a good job. That is typically guys — we have had quite a few over the years who can pick it up and understand it. Josh [McDaniels] is a very intense coach and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

"It’s not going to work for everybody. That is just the nature of the NFL. There’s a lot of offenses I could go into that I wouldn’t work at very well. That is just the way it is.”

NFL Network already stated earlier this month that New England "probably" has no interest in Dez Bryant, and is more likely to bring back Jordan Matthews.

So, for now, it seems unlikely that Brady and Bryant will be teammates anytime soon.

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