TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said Sunday his knee is recovering well from offseason surgery which he is optimistic he’ll be able to resume his typical training and participate in a compulsory June minicamp, if there’s one.

“Yeah, I expect so. I am hoping so. “I feel fairly great. I don’t know whether I could move this week, but we’ll see how things play out. It’s quite a while between today and the beginning of the season, and just be smart about all these different things we have to do and meet; but we all take a lot of pride in being prepared to go, and I am confident we will be.”

“It is good, it’s good. It’s excellent improvement,” he added. “It’s rehab. None of this is fun, but excited about getting back to actual training and materials, which is hopefully here fairly soon. … I am cool with it. It’s just part of what you deal with. Things come up. You deal with them the best way you can, with the ideal opportunity to improve. I’m definitely feeling a whole lot better than I did six or seven months ago.”

A source told ESPN the Brady had been planning the knee surgery for many months, so it was not a surprise.

The Bucs also are one of many NFL teams electing not to take part in in-person OTAs, due to the pandemic.

When asked if he’d still hold informal workouts this season, even though he can not participate fully, Brady stated,”Yeah. We will take it and see how we proceed and see how things play out over the duration of this offseason. A lot of things come up and change within the course of the offseason, and we have got a lot of hardworking guys, so men will probably be anxious to get together and get to work”

“As soon as I’m ready to throw, that’ll be really important for mepersonally,” he added. “That’s always a major part of my prep — really doing exactly what my job is.”