|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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|Patriots players react to Julian Edelman’s incredible catch: It was the best I’ve ever seen||02.06.17 at 12:23 am ET|
HOUSTON — The Patriots have been on the other side of some spectacular catches, but in Super Bowl LI it was their turn.
The Patriots were down eight and had first-and-10 from their own 36-yard line late in the fourth quarter. Tom Brady threw up a pass to Julian Edelman that was tipped and seemed to hang in the air forever. Three Falcons defenders converged and Edelman went between the legs of one of them and then as the ball nearly hit the ground, he was able to snag it out of mid-air.
“I don’t know how he caught it. I don’t think he does,” Brady said afterwards.
Added Brady: “We’ve been on the other end of a few of those catches.”
The quarterback wasn’t the only one in shock, as so was linebacker Dont’a Hightower.
“Man, it was the best catch that I have ever seen in person hands down,” he said. “I couldn’t even tell. Julian, The Incredible, that’s what they call him. I’m so, so blessed for him to have that catch.”
But for Edelman himself, he knew he had it all the way.
“I knew I had a good feel on it,” he said. “I didn’t know if a piece of the ball was touching. I don’t know what the dang rule is. No one knows what the rule is for a catch. I was like, ‘I think I caught it. I’m pretty sure I caught it.'”
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We will see this replay 100,000 times before we die. pic.twitter.com/hpjBhxftJA
— Ross Bolen (@WRBolen) February 6, 2017
|Scouting Report: What you have to know about Super Bowl LI||02.04.17 at 3:55 pm ET|
HOUSTON — Here’s everything you need to know about Super Bowl LI between the Patriots and Falcons:
WHEN THE PATRIOTS RUN THE BALL
The Patriots have been able to get good, consistent and (mostly) steady yardage out of their backs all season long, finishing the regular season with an average of 117 yards per game, seventh in the NFL. Leading the way has been LeGarettte Blount, who had career highs in carries (299), yards (1,161) and touchdowns (18). New England figures to mix in a healthy dose of Dion Lewis (64 carries, 283 yards in seven games) as a changeup presence between the tackles. His make-you-miss ability combined with Atlanta’s occasionally dicey work against smaller backs could mean he’ll get more work that initially anticipated as a runner. As has been the case all season long with Blount, it’s not how many yards he gets; it’s when he gets them. No one is better at closing out games than he is — his work in the second half is a sizable reason why the Patriots ranked fifth during the regular season in time of possession (31:13). If he is able to top 60 rushing yards in the second half, this game won’t even be a contest. When it comes to defending the run, Atlanta was 17th in the league this year, having allowed 104.5 rushing yards per game. Some of the stats have to be placed in context because of game situations and whatnot (there were lots of leads in those games, and they would willingly yield yards on the ground and time at the expense of a big pass play). But in their last nine games (including the playoffs), opponents have topped 95 yards on the ground in eight of them.
WHEN THE PATRIOTS PASS THE BALL
This season, Atlanta hasn’t faced a combination in the passing game like New England. Tom Brady (67 percent completion rate, 3.554 passing yards, 28 TDs, 2 INTs, 112.2 passer rating) and the Patriots are able to get production out of multiple areas, with wide receivers Julian Edelman (98 catches, 159 targets, 1,106 yards, 3 TDs) and Chris Hogan (38 catches, 58 targets, 680 yards, 4 TDs), running backs James White (60 catches, 86 targets, 551 yards, 5 TDs) and Dion Lewis (17 catches, 24 targets, 94 yards) and tight end Martellus Bennett (55 catches, 73 targets, 701 yards, 7 TDs).
The key here? The Falcons have shown some zone over the course of the year, but they’ll need to play sturdy man coverage against the Patriots. Brady practically salivates at the idea of an occasionally vulnerable 3-deep zone like Atlanta has shown at times this year. The real backbreaker here will be in the White/Lewis combo out of the backfield. The Atlanta is one of the worst teams in the league (26th per Football Outsiders) at defending backs in the passing game. Expect New England to lean heavily on that grouping in the passing game. It’s no coincidence that the Patriots were able to get so much production out of their running back spot in their last game against a Dan Quinn-defense; Shane Vereen set a Super Bowl record with 11 catches two years ago against the Seahawks. Considering what happened down the stretch and into the playoffs, while White will almost certainly get some looks, it’s Lewis who has shown a masterful ability to do multiple things. Bottom line? He’ll get plenty of touches.
One more note that will spell doom for the Falcons: The ability of the New England pass catchers to gain yards after the catch. The Patriots were third in the year at YAC this past season as a team (White and Bennett were both in the league’s top 20), while the Falcons allowed a league-high average of 132.9 yards after the catch per game, an odd stat for a defense with so much speed. If Atlanta can’t find a way to limit the passing YAC ability, it’ll be a long night.
The Falcons pass rush has been better as of late, but the group has to figure out a way to get some sustained pressure on Brady. Do you move around some of your best rushers, like Houston did? Or do you stay static and play to your strengths and hope you’ve prepared to a point where you can out-execute the other side? If Atlanta moves some guys around, rookie Deion Jones is a candidate to try and be that guy who brings some heat up the middle. A dynamic young talent who is capable of blitzing or working in coverage, he’s an X factor for the group. If the Falcons play it straight up, Vic Beasley (15.5 sacks in 2016) will be lining up opposite Patriots right tackle Marcus Cannon. Per PFF, Cannon hasn’t yielded a sack since September. That strength-against-strength matchup will go a long way toward determining the overall success of the New England passing game on Sunday night.
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