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Julian Edelman has hilarious reaction to Patriots giving his number away

Julian Edelman pumps up the crowd

Julian Edelman will always be remembered as one of the greatest New England Patriots of all time, but the former wide receiver will not be the last to wear No. 11 with the team. He seems a bit upset by that.

ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported on Wednesday that the Patriots have assigned No. 11 to kicker Riley Patterson. Reiss noted that NFL teams don’t really retire numbers anymore except for exceptional cases, but the news still hit Edelman hard. He had a great reaction on Twitter:

Edelman was honored by the Patriots in a halftime ceremony earlier this season. He will undoubtedly be inducted into their Hall of Fame someday, but the only number the team is likely to retire in the near future is Brady’s No. 12. Edelman knows that.

We know from the awesome Bill Belichick story Edelman recently that he and the Patriots head coach still have a great relationship. That doesn’t mean Belichick has unofficially retired Edelman’s number. Sorry, Jules.

Photo: Sep 26, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Former New England Patriots Julian Edelman is honored during halftime against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Watch: Texans benefit from controversial goal line fumble call against Patriots

Damien Harris fumble

The Houston Texans were on the right end of an overturned call early in their game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, and many fans were left wondering if the officials had access to a camera angle that wasn’t shown on the television broadcast.

Damien Harris rushed for what was initially called a touchdown that would have tied the game in the second quarter. Harris lost control of the ball as he plunged into the end zone, but the call on the field was that he had possession when he broke the plane. You can see a few replay angles below:

Harris definitely lost possession somewhere around the goal line, but it looked like the call could have gone either way. Officials typically stick with the call on the field in a situation like that, but they felt they had enough to overturn it. The Texans recovered the ball in the end zone and were awarded a touchback.

There are sometimes replay angles in the New York league offices that aren’t shown on TV, so it’s possible there was a definitive view. Still, the result was a surprise.

Harris, of course, is the same player who had an extremely costly fumble for the Patriots earlier in the year.

Stephon Gilmore traded to Panthers from Patriots

Stephon Gilmore

The reports of Stephon Gilmore being released by the New England Patriots were premature, but the two sides are, indeed, parting ways.

The Carolina Panthers announced on Wednesday that they have acquired Gilmore in a trade with the Patriots. They sent a 2023 sixth-round draft pick to New England in exchange for the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Gilmore said farewell to the Patriots in a statement on social media Wednesday morning. Bill Belichick also issued a statement thanking him for his contributions to the team.

Gilmore and the Patriots were not able to agree on a restructured contract after the Pro Bowl cornerback began the season on injured reserve. It seems like New England intentionally leaked the news of Gilmore being released to turn up the pressure on teams that were interested in acquiring him.

There was supposedly another NFC team that Gilmore wanted to play for, but he should be happy in Carolina. The 31-year-old is from South Carolina, and the Panthers look like one of the most improved teams in the NFL this season. Adding Gilmore will make them even better.

Stephon Gilmore released by Patriots in stunning move

Stephon Gilmore

The New England Patriots made a shocking roster move on Wednesday when they decided to part ways with Stephon Gilmore, and they got nothing in return for the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday that the Patriots have released Gilmore after the two sides could not agree to a restructured contract. The 31-year-old confirmed the news with a statement thanking the team.

Gilmore was due a base salary of $7 million this season, and New England is just barely under the salary cap. The move will save the team more than $5 million and allow Gilmore to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

Gilmore began the season on injured reserve. He suffered a season-ending quad injury last year. The market for Gilmore will be “robust,” according to Schefter.

It’s possible Gilmore’s contract dispute with the Patriots played a role in their decision to have him begin the year on IR. There had been reports that New England was open to trading Gilmore, but they opted for the outright release instead.

Gilmore made it clear during the offseason that he wanted more money from the Patriots. Now that their defense has played well through the early part of the year, Bill Belichick may have felt the Pro Bowler was expendable.

Believe it or not, the Patriots releasing Gilmore may not have been the most shocking NFL roster move we saw this week.

Tom Brady shares nice tributes to Bill Belichick, Patriots on Instagram

Bill Belichick Tom Brady hug

Tom Brady always takes time to praise his teammates on Instagram after each Tampa Bay Buccaneers win, but the quarterback had flattering things to say about both his team and the one he beat in Week 4.

Brady gave shoutouts to several Bucs players on Tuesday for the role they played in Sunday’s 19-17 win over the New England Patriots. He also paid tribute to Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and many of his former teammates. Here are some of the screenshots:

Brady said leading up to Sunday’s game that he didn’t expect a “homecoming” in Foxboro, but that is basically what he got. The seven-time Super Bowl champion received a warm welcome from Patriots fans and heard chants of “Brady! Brady!” multiple times after he took the field. He also had a lengthy private meeting with Belichick.

It’s obvious Brady was touched by the way he was treated in his return.

Tom Brady reveals biggest takeaway from facing Patriots

Tom Brady

Tom Brady has admitted that he experienced a wide range of emotions before and during Sunday night’s game against the New England Patriots, but the seven-time Super Bowl champion says one aspect of his return to Foxboro really stuck out.

During the latest episode of his SiriusXM podcast “Let’s Go!” with Jim Gray, Brady revealed his favorite part of returning to Gillette Stadium as a visiting player. He said it came after the final whistle blew in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 19-17 win.

“I got to see some people after the game that I just love so much. The best part of the night was having the game over and seeing them,” Brady said, as transcribed by WEEI’s Ryan Hannable. “And understanding that no matter how we compete, my relationship with those people transcends wins and losses. … The hugs, the handshakes, the congratulatory messages, all the different things that I heard really in the end to me is what continues to motivate me and inspire me.”

Brady also said it wasn’t fun playing against veterans like Kyle Van Noy, Dont’a Hightower, Matthew Slater and Devin McCourty, whom he described as “amazing people that I’ve gone to war with.”

“The reality is, sports, sometimes you go different places and now you’re on the other side of it and on the other sideline,” Brady added. “You want those guys to do so well because you know how important it is to them. You know how much it means to them.”

A lot was made about Brady’s relationship with Bill Belichick and how the 44-year-old would have loved to throttle his former team, but that didn’t happen. Brady led the Bucs to a hard-fought win, but no one wound up embarrassed. He even caught up with his former coach for a lot longer than people expected him to. In many ways, the night probably went exactly how Brady wanted it to.

Bill Belichick defends decision to attempt 56-yard field goal in rain

Bill Belichick

Many people thought Bill Belichick made the wrong decision when he had Nick Folk attempt a 56-yard field goal in the rain near the end of the New England Patriots’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night, but the coach is standing by the call.

With the Patriots trailing by two and under a minute left in the game, Belichick opted for a field goal attempt rather than going for it on 4th-and-3. Folk’s 56-yard kick, which would have matched a career high, hit the left upright and bounced out. Belichick was asked after the game if he gave any consideration to going for it on fourth down, and he said “not really.”

Belichick reiterated that stance during his appearance on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” on Monday. He pointed to the fact that the Patriots were not good on third down in the game, let alone go for it on fourth.

Obviously, the decision did not work out. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Patriots would have converted on 4th-and-3, either.

We have definitely seen situations this season where attempting a field goal clearly was the wrong choice, and it’s fair to question Belichick given the result. We’re not surprised to see him stand by the decision.

Tom Brady won’t rule out returning to Patriots

Tom Brady

A lot has been made of the way Tom Brady left the New England Patriots, but the seven-time Super Bowl champion tried to make it clear on Sunday night that he has nothing but love for his former team and coach. Brady even hinted at a possible reunion down the road.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said before Sunday’s game that he is confident Brady will retire as a Patriot one day.

After his Tampa Bay Buccaneers fought their way to a 19-17 win in Foxboro, Brady was asked about Kraft’s remarks and whether he would be open to signing a one-day contract to retire as a Patriot. The 44-year-old did not rule it out.

“Are you offering me a one-day contract or did he offer me that?” Brady asked a reporter, via Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald. “(Kraft) didn’t offer me that, so … I still got some time left with the Bucs. And like I said, really enjoying that. We got a lot to accomplish this year. It’s a tough challenging year. It’s a marathon of a season. It’s only four games in. There is a lot football to be played.”

As expected, Brady had nothing but good things to say about his two decades in New England. He said there “could be an opportunity to game back here,” though he did not go into specifics.

Brady may play into his late-40s, but there’s little doubt he will always consider himself a Patriot. While there was some tension between him and Bill Belichick toward the end of his tenure with the Pats, the two future Hall of Famers proved on Sunday night that their relationship is in a good place. There’s no reason to think Brady will disappear on New Englanders after he retires.

Patriots pick on Richard Sherman during his season debut

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman made his season debut on Sunday, and the New England Patriots wasted no time picking on him.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Sherman on Wednesday. He was a free agent and dealt with an offseason arrest, but the Bucs ended up signing him amid a rash of injuries.

Without cornerbacks Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean unavailable, the Bucs started Sherman against the Patriots. Mac Jones went right after Sherman like he was targeting a rookie and had a great deal of success throwing against him in coverage.

Sherman looked like a guy who only signed on Wednesday. He was constantly a step slow and got beat regularly.

At least Sherman had a fumble recovery in the third quarter. And from his standpoint, things probably could not get much worse.

Do Patriots, Mac Jones have a Cam Newton-inspired audible?

Mac Jones Superman

Do the New England Patriots have a Cam Newton-inspired audible call? Something Mac Jones did on Sunday night left many wondering.

A minute into Sunday night’s game between the Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones used a “Superman” audible call. He pretended to pull his shirt apart to reveal a mock Superman “S” on his chest.

Many fans likely recognize that move as the celebration Cam Newton used to do after scoring touchdowns. Newton was the Patriots’ quarterback last season and was with them until being cut just before the season began.

NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth wondered whether the audible call was for a play Newton liked. We don’t know whether the audible has anything to do with Newton, but it wouldn’t be a stretch if it did.