Ex-UK QB Mike Hartline with Patriots, learning from Tom Brady

Herald-Leader Staff ReportMay 13, 2012 

UK QB Mike Hartline in the first quarter of the Kentucky vs. Charleston Southern football game on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. Photo by David Perry | Staff.

Former Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline spent part of last season with the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning. This spring he's working out with the New England Patriots and Tom Brady.

Signed by the Patriots to a futures contract on Jan. 12, Hartline said he is trying to make the most of hanging out with some of the NFL greats.

"Every player's different," Hartline told The Enterprise of Brockton, Mass., while taking a break at Patriots rookie mini-camp on Saturday. "Those guys are both arguably two of the best ever. So when you can get to work with them and talk to them a little bit, yeah, you try to pick their brain, but they're leagues beyond where I'm at, so to try to dig too deep can get confusing sometimes."

Hartline has Brady, backup Brian Hoyer and 2011 third-round draft pick Ryan Mallett ahead of him on the depth chart.

"Realistically, I can't be thinking that far ahead, as far as training camp," Hartline told the newspaper. "Right now, you've got to think about today. ... You take it week by week, step by step because I think if you look too far ahead you're just going to start mentally wearing yourself down."

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