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Julian Edelman expected to miss time with knee injury

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The New England Patriots have arguably the worst collection of skill players in the NFL this season, and it is about to get worse now that Julian Edelman is dealing with an injury.

Edelman missed practice on Thursday with a knee injury that is expected to keep him out for at least Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills and potentially beyond, according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic.

If surgery is an option for Edelman, that indicates the injury is at least somewhat serious.

New England’s passing attack has been abysmal this season. Edelman leads the team with just 21 receptions through six games. Though he is clearly showing signs of age and his production has dropped off, losing him could make things even worse for the Patriots.

Julian Edelman gave a very Patriots answer to Tom Brady question

Julian Edelman had to have been devastated when Tom Brady chose to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the star receiver seems determined to forget about his best pal and move on to the 2020 season.

Edelman was asked on Tuesday if he has seen any similarities between Brady and Cam Newton. The response he gave was straight out of the Bill Belichick media relations handbook.

Edelman was a little more emotional when offering a quote about Brady last month, but his focus is now entirely on the upcoming season. Belichick has always made it a point to not talk about players who are no longer on New England’s roster, and superstars have been no exception. It’s no surprise Edelman is mimicking his coach’s approach.

All indications have been that Newton and Edelman are making a connection in training camp. If the photo Edelman shared on social media recently is any indication, he’s expecting big things in his first season with a new quarterback.

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Julian Edelman adopts his own superhero persona with Cam Newton

Julian Edelman appears to be getting closer and closer to moving on from Tom Brady.

On Tuesday, the New England Patriots wide receiver shared a photo on Instagram that may bring a tear to his former teammate’s eye. Since Cam Newton’s nickname is “Superman,” Edelman is ready to take on a superhero persona of his own.

Newton appears to be separating himself from second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham in the Patriots’ quarterback competition. He’s also been looking Edelman’s way plenty in practice.

Edelman and Brady had one of the longest-running bromances in sports, so Edelman must have been devastated when Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Some of Edelman’s social media activity even fueled speculation that he wanted to join Brady in Tampa. However, he has since offered a very blunt take on moving on from the six-time Super Bowl champion.

If Newton is healthy and learns New England’s offense, he and Edelman — or should we say Superman and Batman — will likely enjoy plenty of success together.

Cam Newton is now a member of the Patriots! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Cam Newton Patriots shirt. You can buy it here.

Julian Edelman offers first quote about moving on after Tom Brady’s departure

It’s fair to say that no member of the New England Patriots was closer to Tom Brady than Julian Edelman. For that reason, there was extensive speculation about how Edelman would react after Brady’s departure in free agency.

Edelman spoke for the first time since the end of the 2019-20 season on Monday, saying that as much as he loves Brady, life goes on with or without him in New England.

Fundamentally, Edelman has no choice but to move on. While some of the wide receiver’s social media activity fueled talk that he was looking for ways to join Brady in Tampa Bay, the reality according to one teammate is that the 34-year-old is eager to prove that his success isn’t simply down to him being Brady’s favorite target.

2019 marked the third 1,000-yard season of Edelman’s career, and he caught 100 passes for the second time as well. His focus in camp will be on developing as good a rapport with likely Patriots starter Cam Newton as he possibly can, not on anything relating to Brady.

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Julian Edelman addresses DeSean Jackson’s posts, invites him to Holocaust museum

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Julian Edelman is arguably the most popular Jewish player to ever play in the National Football League, so naturally many people have asked him for his thoughts on DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic Instagram posts. On Thursday, Edelman addressed the situation.

In a video he released on social media, Edelman encouraged people to have “uncomfortable conversations” about racism and bigotry. He then invited Jackson to go with him to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., and said he would then like to go to a museum of African-American history and culture with Jackson. Here’s the video:

Edelman said he did not identify as Jewish until later in life, so he never really felt that anti-Semitic remarks were directed at him until he got more in touch with his religion. The New England Patriots star also revealed that he was called a “k—” on the field in 2011, which would have been when he was playing in the NFL. Edelman went on a birthright-style trip to Israel during the 2015 offseason and documented the journey on social media.

The passage Jackson shared was incorrectly attributed to Adolf Hitler and accused Jewish people of blackmailing and extorting America as a plan for world domination. The Philadelphia Eagles wideout has apologized multiple times.

Tom Brady had funny reaction to Julian Edelman welcoming Cam Newton to Patriots

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Tom Brady chose to leave Julian Edelman behind when the six-time Super Bowl champion signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the New England Patriots may have helped Edelman move on more quickly by signing Cam Newton. Dare we say Brady is a tad jealous?

Edelman welcomed Newton to the Patriots with a very clever Instagram post on Tuesday. While Brady is the one who chose to sign with a new team rather than remaining with Edelman, seeing his ex with a new flame may have bothered No. 12 a bit.

Brady and Edelman have had one of the strongest bromances in sports over the years. There was speculation that Edelman might even want out of New England after Brady signed with the Bucs, but apparently Edelman is ready to prove he can perform at a high level without his buddy. Depending upon how things go this season, perhaps Brady will be the one missing Edelman and not the other way around.

Julian Edelman welcomes Cam Newton to Patriots with clever Instagram post

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Julian Edelman has not caught many passes from quarterbacks other than Tom Brady throughout his NFL career, but he’ll have an opportunity to play with another former NFL MVP this season. On Tuesday, the veteran wideout had a unique way of expressing his excitement.

Those who follow Cam Newton on social media know that he has an extremely bizarre font that he always writes in. Edelman used that same style to welcome Newton to New England with an Instagram post.

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•néwtôn, MASSACHUSÊTTS• #LetsWork

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Newton, Mass., also happens to be an actual place, so it seems like Edelman put some decent thought into that post.

As soon as Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there was speculation that Edelman might wanted to be traded. He even fueled some of that with his social media activity, but the Patriots have no intention of parting ways with Edelman. One Patriots player said Edelman is using Brady’s departure as motivation for 2020, so the addition of Newton should help in that sense.

Julian Edelman using Tom Brady’s departure as motivation for 2020 season

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Julian Edelman and Tom Brady have one of the longest-running and most powerful bromances in the NFL, and many have wondered what the wide receiver’s mindset will be this season now that Brady has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to one New England Patriots player, Edelman is as motivated as ever.

Despite speculation that Edelman may want the Patriots to trade him, one of the 34-year-old’s teammates told Michael Giardi of NFL Network that Edelman is already drawing motivation from “people thinking we’re no good and he’s just a product of Brady.”

Edelman loved catching passes from Brady, but he has also made it known on numerous occasions how much he loves playing for Bill Belichick. There have been reports that the Patriots have no intention of trading Edelman, so they are likely going to lean on him to be a leader and help second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham develop. Stidham has already organized some workouts with teammates this offseason, and Edelman is said to have taken part.

Edelman created a stir with his social media activity not long after Brady signed with the Bucs, but all indications have been that the Super Bowl LIII MVP is not going anywhere. He has as much to prove as any of his teammates, and it seems like he is up to the challenge.

Julian Edelman will not be prosecuted for jumping on hood of person’s car

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Julian Edelman found his name in the headlines for an embarrassing reason a week after the New England Patriots were eliminated from the playoffs last season, but the star wide receiver is not going to be prosecuted for his actions.

Edelman was arrested in Beverly Hills, Calif., back in January after he inexplicably jumped on the hood of a person’s parked Mercedes. Police were in the area at the time working a robbery, and someone flagged them down to report what Edelman had done. The 33-year-old was cited for misdemeanor vandalism and released.

As many expected, Edelman was able to settle the issue by writing a check. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office told TMZ this week that the owner of the vehicle said “has been fully compensated for the repair costs” and does not wish to see Edelman prosecuted. As a result, officials have scrapped the case.

Police say Edelman “slid across the hood” of the Mercedes and was intoxicated at the time. Tom Brady took a shot at his former teammate over the incident, and fortunately for Edelman it ended up costing him nothing but some money.

Report: Patriots have zero intention of trading Julian Edelman

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The New England Patriots are obviously rebuilding on offense after parting ways with Tom Brady, and there has been some speculation that Julian Edelman could be the next veteran player they decide to move forward without. According to one report, that is not going to happen.

Tom E. Curran says he has been told by an NFL source that there is “not a chance in hell” the Patriots will trade or release Edelman this offseason. While the receiver carries a salary cap hit of more than $9 million next season, the cap savings would not be nearly that much if they trade Edelman.

Miguel Benzan of Boston Sports Journal has arguably a better understanding of the Patriots’ salary cap situation than any person outside the organization, and he says the team would gain less than $4 million in cap space by trading Edelman. Curran says there could be some sort of workout bonus in Edelman’s contract that would push the savings slightly higher, but what would New England actually gain by trading Edelman?

While Edelman was extremely productive with 100 catches, over 1,000 yards and six touchdowns last season, he’ll be turning 34 in May. He has also battled injuries in recent seasons, so it’s highly unlikely a team would give up a high draft pick for him.

An April Fool’s rumor on Wednesday led to some speculation that Edelman was on his way out of New England, but there has been no trade. Unless the Patriots are blowing up their entire offense, Edelman should have value to them as a role model for second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham and the new leader of the offense with Brady gone.

Of course, things could change if Edelman asks the Patriots to trade or release him. He may have already hinted that he wants to team up with Brady in Tampa Bay, but he has also said in the past that he would not want to play for a coach other than Bill Belichick. There wouldn’t be much in it for the Patriots if they trade Edelman.