|It’s officially the offseason: Julian Edelman shaved his beard||02.28.17 at 9:41 am ET|
Julian Edelman has developed a tradition during the football season of not cutting his beard, which got pretty out of control with the Patriots playing into February and winning Super Bowl LI.
In an unofficial sign of the offseason, Edelman cut his beard on Monday and then attending the Celtics-Hawks game at TD Garden.
|Chris Hogan: Patriots were ‘100 percent [convinced]’ they’d rally to beat Falcons at halftime of Super Bowl LI||02.21.17 at 6:00 am ET|
Even though the Patriots trailed the Falcons 21-3 at halftime of Super Bowl LI, the team didn’t lose hope.
In fact, they had a good feeling they would be able to come back and win.
Appearing on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” on Monday, Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan went as far as saying the team was 100 percent convinced it would be able to come back and set the record for the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.
“We were talking amongst ourselves telling everyone, ‘We’re going to pull this off. This is going to be a great story,'” Hogan said of the mindset at halftime. “[We were] 100 percent [convinced], no doubt in our minds. Everyone was walking around there more than confident.”
Added Hogan: “It is a long halftime. It’s much longer than the regular season. You get in there and we didn’t play a good half of football, so it is a little quiet. Everyone gets in there and we went through our thing — everyone has their IV’s, whatever. Coach [Belichick] comes in, Josh [McDaniels] came in and talked to us, Matt [Patricia] came in and talked to the defense and then we went over some things. We talked about what we did well, what we didn’t do well. There wasn’t a pep talk.”
The wide receiver said the parade back in Boston two days later was crazy with the star being Rob Gronkowski.
“It would have to be Gronk,” Hogan said. “He is like a walking highlight show. The guy is always smiling. He has so much fun. The parade was awesome. It was snowing, raining — it was like a perfect Boston day. Everyone was out there. It was crazy. It was a lot of fun.”
Here are a few other highlights from Hogan on the show.
On joining the Patriots last offseason: “I was excited, how could you not be? I played against them for four years. I knew what kind of team they were. They had the best quarterback to ever play the game. When I went on the visit and got to walk around the facility, and meet Coach Belichick and meet some of the guys, it was an exciting time for me.”
On Julian Edelman comparing Jimmy Garoppolo to Aaron Rodgers/Brett Favre: “I would probably make a similar comparison. Jimmy has a great arm. He is an athletic kid and he plays really well. When he gets his chance in the NFL I think he will be real successful.”
|Julian Edelman raves about 2016 Patriots team chemistry||02.15.17 at 3:25 pm ET|
Julian Edelman has been a member of the Patriots for eight seasons, so he knows what it is like to play in New England.
He’s won two Super Bowls and he was quick to point out the biggest thing that was similar between the two teams was how close the teams were off the field.
Edelman discussed the importance of team chemistry on Tuesday night’s “NFL Total Access” on the NFL Network.
“I’ve been on the Patriots now for a little awhile,” he said. “Eight years, so it’s always interesting to see a team’s chemistry. The two best team chemistries that I was involved with, we just so happened to win Super Bowls. When it comes down to it, our coaches and our GMs and all our personnel people, they do a great job of bringing in good guys in the locker room. I mean, all our guys can get along with each other. All our guys can hang out and it’s pretty much like that in the locker room. There is no beef. I have been on teams earlier in my career where there were teams earlier in my career where there was a guy here when I was a rookie who was you didn’t really go down that ally in the locker room. … It’s not really like that anymore.
“Another thing that I want to say about the team chemistry, there’s an accountability factor that both sides of the ball have for each other. Each day in practice, and we practice hard, there’s fights. There’s some talking going on and all that. All the time. If I look at the guy across from me and I know he isn’t giving it his best, which he always is giving his best, he’s going to make me better. When he makes me better, when I am giving it my best, it is going to make him better.”
Edelman said he learned from the players who played before him and now he hopes the younger players can learn from him.
“When I was a rookie I came in and I saw Tedy Bruschi, Kevin Faulk, David Patten, Deion Branch, I see all these guys who have won Super Bowls and played in big-time games and come into work and are professional,” Edelman said. “A lot of these guys don’t understand, I don’t know how it is done in other places, but there is a difference between in coming into work just to work and there is a difference between a guy who comes in and is a professional.”
With Tom Brady playing like he’s 29 at age 39, the Patriots don’t need Brady’s successor anytime soon.
Jimmy Garoppolo was thought to be that guy, but because of the way Brady has played in recent years the Patriots just don’t have a need for him.
The Eastern Illinois product will become a free agent after next season, so in order to maximize his value, there’s a good chance he could be dealt to a team in need of a quarterback this offseason.
Garoppolo dominated the first six quarters of this past season, starting while Brady was suspended, but then he suffered a shoulder injury midway through Week 2. Receiver Julian Edelman liked what he saw not only in those games, but in practices all year.
Edelman went as far as comparing Garoppolo to Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers Tuesday night on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” show.
“I’m not a paid GM, so I don’t know the whole value thing, but as far as a guy I get to play with every single day, Jimmy Garoppolo, the guy’s a stud,” Edelman said. “He went out and played in the regular season and he played very well. He’s got that kind of gunslinger kind of confidence, that Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers-kind of confidence. He practices hard, he prepares hard, he’s a good kid, he’s young. I think he’s a good player.”
The wide receiver also touched on Super Bowl LI, noting despite trailing 28-3 he and the team never lost hope because the Patriots had been part of some big comebacks in the past.
“When we were down 25, I constantly kept thinking about games,” Edelman said. “I thought about the Denver game in ’13, when we were down 24-0 at halftime. I was thinking about the Cleveland game, when we were down by 14 points with like four minutes to go and we came back and somehow won that game. I was thinking about all these things, and our coaches have all these situational practices that we do where they make it pretty much impossible to succeed.
“So I kept on thinking, like, ‘We have time, we’ve done this before, if we do what the coaches ask us to do and just play one play at a time and have a short memory and just kind of nickel and dime, chip away at the armor, let’s just try to get some points. If we get points, you never know.’ That’s how you have to think. You just have to believe.”
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|Julian Edelman follows up on Jimmy Fallon’s suggestion of opening ‘Edelman’s Catch’ with funny video||02.14.17 at 5:09 pm ET|
Last week after the Super Bowl, Bill Belichick and Julian Edelman appeared on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
Fallon suggested the receiver open a business called “Edelman’s Catch” after his miraculous catch in Super Bowl LI. On Tuesday, Edelman followed up on the suggestion with a humorous video on Twitter.
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) February 14, 2017
|Sound FX highlights: Julian Edelman’s heartwarming message to Tom Brady before OT touchdown drive||02.08.17 at 9:35 pm ET|
On NFL Network each week is “Sound FX,” a show that captures the sounds from the field each week.
With there only being one game this past week, the hour-long program was strictly devoted to Super Bowl LI.
There were a few players and coaches mic’d up including Julian Edelman, Dont’a Hightower, Dan Quinn and Mohamed Sanu.
Here are some of the highlights.
— Before the game, Tom Brady was telling referee Carl Cheffers not to get mad if he yelled at him during the game.
“If I yell at you, nothing personal,” Brady said. “You know me, I’m an [expletive].”
“I know you’re competitive. We’re competitive,” Cheffers responded. “I don’t take anything personally. Don’t worry about it.”
— The Patriots settled for a field goal before the end of the half to make it a 21-3 game. Sanu seemed surprised by what was taking place, and also pretty confident in the Atlanta offense.
“I know. I’m never comfortable,” he said. “We’re about to put up 40-something on their ass. But I’m saying, they’ve never seen anything like this.”
— Before the second half, Josh McDaniels did a great job speaking to the running backs, giving off the vibe he believed they could come back.
“Do you believe we’re going to win? I do, too,” McDaniels said. “Let’s just play our best half. I don’t want anyone to do anything you can’t do. Don’t try to make it all up in one play. Just play each play by itself.”
— Also, Brady and Edelman had a moment on the sidelines before the third quarter.
“Let’s go, baby. It’s going to be one hell of a story,” Edelman said.
“Hell yeah,” Brady responded.
On Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” aired Tuesday night, there were a lot of moments from the field Sunday night captured with Julian Edelman, and others mic’d up.
One of the biggest was after James White scored in overtime, Edelman wasn’t totally convinced the game was over because of the review of the play.
He yelled at photographers and even players to get off the field. It wasn’t until Bill Belichick ran to him, telling him it was over that he finally realized the Patriots had won Super Bowl LI.
“You gotta believe,” Edelman told Belichick.
“IT’S NOT OVER!” Edelman frantically tries to get people off the field after OT TD until Belichick calms him down. pic.twitter.com/ARsKELxT3K
— Stephen Espinoza (@StephenEspinoza) February 8, 2017
Also, shown on the show was even trailing 21-3 at the half, Edelman was confident the team could come back. He said, “It’s going to be a helluva story” to Brady. The quarterback responded, “Hell yeah.”
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