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Jess Brigham now wants a piece of Julian Edelman

Julian EdelmanOn Thursday, porn industry girl Jess Brigham, who insists she is NOT a porn star, received attention for offering sex to Vince Wilfork to keep the defensive tackle with the New England Patriots. Brigham one-upped that tweet by saying she would also offer the sex to new free agent signee Darrelle Revis, too.

Brigham is obviously a big Patriots fan and will do what she can to keep the team together. For that reason, she followed things up on Friday with a tweet about free agent Julian Edelman, who is considering signing with several teams.

How big of a football fan is Brigham? Check out this tweet she sent:

So far there hasn’t been a response from any of the Patriots players, but we have a feeling they may try to cash in on the sly.

Broncos DB Mike Adams: Julian Edelman doesn’t compare to Wes Welker

Julian-Edelman-PatriotsWhen Danny Amendola went down with an injury early in the season, Julian Edelman was the next man up for the New England Patriots. Playing under a one-year, $750,000 contract that has been boosted to about $1 million with incentives, Edelman stepped in and caught 105 passes and became Tom Brady’s most reliable target.

Some would venture to say that Edelman has replaced Wes Welker, who averaged 112 catches per year in his six seasons with the Patriots. Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams isn’t willing to go there.

“I can’t compare the two because Wes is — he’s something special,” Adams said Monday, via Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com. “He can jive up the ball and then speed out and have you off balance. Edelman, he doesn’t do that. He’s a one-speed guy. He doesn’t have the same ability or the quickness that Wes has in the slot. I guess that is the main difference between them. But I don’t know if they use him the same as they used Wes because they’re totally different players.”

As Curran pointed out, Edelman is actually faster than Welker. They are different players in some ways, but Edelman has essentially played the role of Welker in 2013. When Brady needs a first down or a short yardage completion, he has been looking for Edelman.

I agree with Adams that Edelman is not as good a player as Welker. That said, Welker was 26 years old when he was traded to New England by the Miami Dolphins. Edelman is 27. If the Patriots re-sign Edelman this offseason and he catches 100 passes again in 2014, the debate could get a little more interesting.

H/T Around the League

Julian Edelman had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction

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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman had one of his best games of the season in a loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, hauling in 13 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. His effort may not have been enough to earn his team a victory, but he still gave the ladies quite the show.

Cameras captured an interesting wardrobe malfunction — if we can call it that — involving Edelman at one point. The temperature in Miami was pushing 90 degrees at game time, so players were a bit on the sweaty side. Apparently the Patriots use very thin, breathable material for their pants. So yeah, that happened.

Fortunately, Edelman did not give us nearly as much of a show as a certain Kansas City Chiefs lineman did earlier this season.

Photo via Deadspin

Julian Edelman snubs Tom Brady on high five (GIF)

What in the world was this all about? After the New England Patriots scored midway through the second quarter on Sunday to go up 17-7 on the New Orleans Saints, Tom Brady was sitting on the bench and put his hand out to get a high five from teammate Julian Edelman. Edelman caught a 7-yard pass to set up the Stevan Ridley touchdown, so it’s not as if he hadn’t contributed. But for one reason or another, Edelman didn’t high-five Brady back, even though Brady seemed to put it out there for his teammate well in advance.

Seriously, what was that all about? It sure as heck looked to me like Edelman stiffed Brady on the shake.

Whatever went on there didn’t seem to bother Brady, though. By the end of the game, the Patriots had so many drops that the only receiver Brady seemed to trust was Edelman. He looked to Edelman three times on the final drive. That final drive was a thing of beauty. I swear the Patriots lost that game at least twice before finally winning it.

GIF via Deadspin

Week 2 fantasy pickups include Julius Thomas, Julian Edelman, Terrelle Pryor

Julius ThomasWith the fantasy season having officially kicked off, we here at LBS are going to try to give you some advice throughout the season to help you win your leagues. Starting last Thursday and continuing into the weekend, a ton of fresh faces and even some older faces emerged as must-have fantasy pickups for Week 2. Those are the players we’ll be highlighting in this week’s column.

Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos: Many of you may have found yourselves checking your stat sheets and saying, “Wait, I thought DeMaryius Thomas was No. 88″ during Denver’s win over the Ravens last Thursday. The No. 80 you saw running all over the field untouched was Julius Thomas, a third-year tight end who — like Jimmy Graham — played basketball in college. Thomas caught two touchdown passes of more than 20 yards each in the second quarter before most of us could even figure out who he was. We now know that he’s a player who plays a very thin fantasy position and clearly has developed chemistry with Peyton Manning during training camp. He should be the No. 1 add heading into Week 2.

Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots: Edelman has been a player Tom Brady trusts for several seasons now, but he could be more valuable than ever this year. Danny Amendola was clearly Brady’s favorite target in New England’s Week 1 win over the Bills, but he is already dealing with a groin issue that is expected to keep him out against the Jets. Rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins hauled in only four of his 14 targets against Buffalo and Rob Gronkowski is not expected back just yet. Shane Vereen, who is probably a better pass-catcher than runner, is also out for several weeks with a broken wrist. Someone has to catch balls on Thursday and possibly going forward. Edelman is the safest bet to be that someone.

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Jeffrey Bauman Jr. paid visit by Julian Edelman and Bradley Cooper after helping to ID bombing suspect

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Jeffrey Bauman Jr. was one of the nearly 200 victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The 27-year-old lost both of his legs in the attack. When he awoke in a hospital in Boston after undergoing surgery, Bauman had some crucial information to share with investigators.

Bauman’s brother, Chris, told the NY Post that Jeffrey asked for a pen and paper after waking up in his hospital bed. On the paper he wrote, “bag, saw the guy, looked right at me.” He then proceeded to give the feds a full description of a man who wore a cap and sunglasses that dropped a bag right at his feet. The description seemed to match that of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout early Friday morning.

On Thursday, actor Bradley Cooper and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman paid Bauman a visit at the hospital. Edelman posted the photo you see above with the following caption:

“Visited #survivor #stud #hero Jeffrey Bauman Jr. today. He was looking great and is a true inspiration. #strong”

The fact that Bauman was able to provide such useful information for authorities after losing his legs in the explosion is incredible.

Julian Edelman starts over Wes Welker

Wes Welker’s role in New England’s offense was questioned after the receiver caught just three passes for 14 yards in a Week 1 win over the Titans. That was the fewest receiving yards Welker had since joining the Patriots in 2007, not counting the 2009 game where he was carted off against the Texans. After Julian Edelman started New England’s game against the Cardinals over Welker, the questions about Wes’ role in the offense seem legitimate.

Welker was not on the field for New England’s first offensive play of the game when Tom Brady was intercepted on a tipped ball. He wasn’t on the field when the Pats opened up their second drive of the game, either. Instead, the Pats ran a wide receiver screen to Edelman. Welker didn’t see his first action until the Pats’ third play of the game, and that was after Aaron Hernandez left the field with an injury.

After the questions came about Welker’s lack of involvement in Week 1 — he only played in 64% of the team’s snaps and was targeted just five times — Tom Brady insisted that Welker is still a big part of the offense.

“He’s a huge part of this offense and what we do on a weekly basis,” said Brady. “I’m sure there won’t be too many games where he doesn’t get a lot of opportunity.

“There are different opportunities on different weeks for different players. I think the thing that’s important to remember is that it’s a 16-game season.”

I absolutely bought into what Brady said, recognizing that so much changes in the NFL depending on a team’s game plan for the week. But once I saw Edelman start the first two series over Welker, I began to seriously question how involved the team wants him to be this year.

New England notably gave contract extensions to tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez over the offseason while only offering Welker, who held out, a one-year deal. Maybe they’re out to prove that he’s not that valuable of a piece in their offense and that Edelman can fill his role.

UPDATE: Welker ended up leading the team with 95 yards on five catches. He was targeted 11 times, second behind Brandon Lloyd. Edelman had 5 catches for 50 yards.