Julian Edelman on MFB: ‘Around here we ignore noise’
|07.25.14 at 12:39 pm ET|
Edelman is looking to build on a breakout 2013 season, as he caught 105 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns.
“What happened last year happened last year; what happens in the future happens in the future,” Edelman said. “I’m just kind of worrying about the present right now, taking advantage of coming out here each and every day and trying to improve and work on my fundamentals and earn my spot.”
Tom Brady was the focus of some criticism in the offseason for his alleged decline in play. Edelman said that kind of talk won’t be a distraction to the team.
“Around here we ignore noise, and we don’t believe the hype,” Edelman said. “You’d have to ask Tom on that. I’m sure he can answer that. I tell you right now, I’m glad that we have 12 as our quarterback. I wouldn’t want to have any other guy.”
Asked what it takes to succeed with Brady and the Patriots system, Edelman said: “Through my experience it’s just being consistent. You can’t make a mistake twice. You have to be able to take things from the classroom, translate that to drills, translating that to practice. When you do it in practice it becomes a game execution. Just going out there and being consistent, not having up and down days, staying on top of your stuff, being focused in the classroom. Consistency is pretty much the main thing.”
Rob Gronkowski was cleared to practice with the team for the start of training camp, surprising many who expected the standout tight end to need more time to recover after suffering a season-ending torn ACL in Week 14 last year.
“Anytime you see No. 87 on the field, you know you’re going to have a big smile,” Edelman said. “He helps this team a huge amount. I’m sure he’s going to be working on what he has to do in order to make him good. I’ve got to do what I have to do, and everyone has to do what they have do. So I’m just going to keep on working on my job, and I know Rob’s going to be working on how to do his.”
Edelman engaged in some pushing and shoving with defensive back Kyle Arrington during Friday morning’s practice, but he played down the incident.
“It’s just two guys being competitive and just trying make each other better,” Edelman said. “You know how it goes, as a competitor everyone’s just trying to get out there and improve on their stuff. He was trying to do his and I was trying to do mine. We just, we competed.”