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Julian Edelman talks Darrelle Revis, Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady with NFL Network 06.25.14 at 10:08 am ET
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Julian Edelman had a career-year in 2013. (AP)

Julian Edelman had a career-year in 2013. (AP)

Julian Edelman appeared on NFL Network’s “Total Access” Monday night, and talked about a wide variety of topics, including Darrelle Revis, Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Here are a few quick highlights:

On Revis:

“Darrelle is one of the best corners in the NFL and he showed that in camp. He did very well. He’s a very instinctive player. He’s great in the locker room, I like competing against him every day, and it’s good to have a player like that.”

On Gronkowski possibly playing in Week 1:

“Well, I’m not a doctor or trainer or anything. I see Gronk in the locker room, he’s working hard, doing what he’s trying to do. But when Gronk’s on the field, he’s probably one of the best tight ends in the NFL. It’s always great to have him out there and hopefully he will be.”

On Brady wanting to play until he’s 40:

“It wouldn’t surprise me. Knowing him the way I know him, I am sure he’s just focused on this year. You’re going to have to ask him that. The guy is in here, working hard, preparing to the fullest ability, taking care of his body. So you know that he’ll definitely have a shot to do it.”

On whether Belichick has watched his “Burgertyme” and “Smoothie Tyme” videos:

“You know, I’m sure he did. Because they kind came off his original, I think it was called the Bill PB&J [show] with the two pieces of bread in between with double layers of peanut butter. So I think we actually stole the concept from Bill Belichick.”

On what he remembers from the Patriots’ Week 12 win over the Broncos after being down 24-0 at the half:

“I remember we won. That was a good memory. That we won that one. No, but seriously — at halftime, we couldn’t have done anything worse than what we were putting on the field in the first half. We kind of just took it as, ‘We can’t get any worse than what we did so let’s go out there and just play each series the way we have to and just try to string a couple of consistent drives up,’ and we were able to do that. We played complimentary football in the second half, and came out with the win.”

Click here for video of his Q&A.

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Julian Edelman: ‘Durability is better than ability’ 06.05.14 at 4:19 pm ET
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Julian Edelman had a career-year in 2013. (AP)

Julian Edelman had a career-year in 2013. (AP)

FOXBORO — Last season, Julian Edelman was one of those rare twentysomething pass catchers who saw his stats jump from middle-of-the-road numbers into the stratosphere. The former college quarterback had one of the best starts of any receiver of the Tom Brady era, and was the first receiver in a New England uniform other than Wes Welker to finish a season with 100-plus catches since Troy Brown turned the trick in 2001.

As a result, Edelman was rewarded in the offseason with a four-year, $17 million deal, with $8 million in guaranteed money.

But as the receiver enters his sixth season in the NFL, he says that his newfound security hasn’t changed his mindset.

“I haven’t even thought about it. I’m just trying to go out there very day and try and get better,” he said after a soggy OTA session Thursday on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. “Every guy has a different kind of goal, whether it’s trying to make the team, whether it’s trying to contribute to something. I’m just like one of those guys — trying to earn a role and go out there and help this team.”

A major goal for Edelman in 2014 is building on his 2013 performance, creating the sort of consistency needed to truly emerge as one of the league’s elite pass catchers. That starts with staying on the field. The 6-foot, 198-pound Edelman played a full 16-game season for the first time in his professional career last year, and would love to keep that streak alive.

“Being on the field is priority No. 1, because durability is better than ability,” he said. “You guys know that this is a tough game. It’s a grind. But definitely trying to be on the field for 16 games will be on my list [of priorities for 2014].”

There’s also taking advantage of the opportunities throughout the spring practice sessions. The biggest thing to focus on throughout the OTAs is timing, and getting back into the rhythm of the game.

“You want to go in and work your timing,” he said. “You want to get reps, muscle memory on your fundamentals when you’re running routes. catching the ball at a high pace with a guy on you — stuff like that. You want to have little mini-goals of not going in and making a mistake if there’s some new material each and every day, something like that. You want to try to execute to the best of your ability the first time instead of taking one or two times to do it. Just stuff like that. It’s good to get out here and get reps like a unit and try and not to be that one guy making a mistake on one play.”

Edelman said Thursday that things have been helped along this spring with the addition of new receiver Brandon LaFell (“a great addition” and “a smart guy,” according to Edelman) and new cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Revis and Browner — as well as returning defensive backs like Devin McCourty, Alfonzo Dennard and Logan Ryan — have lifted the play of the passing game, consistently challenging the receiving corps.

“You go out there and you’re playing against premier corners,” he said. “We had premier corners last year, and then, adding the new guys, it’s good. It’s going to make you better. You know if you don’t focus on a fundamental or if you’ll be lazy or something, these type of guys they will take advantage of that type of opportunity. It’s going to make me better and hopefully, we’ll make them better.

“All of them, these guys are instinctive guys. They know football,” he added. “If you don’t stick to your fundamentals, your concepts, your coaching points, or any of that, they will take advantage of it.”

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Julian Edelman hits YouTube with ‘Burgertyme’ 05.29.14 at 12:01 pm ET
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Cross “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis with a dose of life in the NFL, and you’ve got Julian Edelman‘s new YouTube show, “Burgertyme.” Here’s the initial episode, with special guest star Chandler Jones.

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Resetting list of Patriots and their own free agents 04.09.14 at 1:04 pm ET
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Will Svitek

Will Svitek

With Matthew Mulligan agreeing to a deal with the Bears on Tuesday, here’s an updated look at the Patriots 2014 free agent class. If you’re scoring at home, of its 12 free agents, New England has retained four and lost five, while three remain on the market.

Long snapper Danny Aiken: Signed a one-year deal to return to New England.
Running back LeGarrette Blount: Signed a two-year deal with Pittsburgh.
Defensive end Andre Carter: Free agent, but has expressed an interest in returning.
Wide receiver Austin Collie: Free agent.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman: Signed a four-year contract to return to New England.
Linebacker Dane Fletcher: Signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay.
Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui: Signed a two-year deal to return to New England.
Tight end Matthew Mulligan: Singed a one-year deal with Chicago.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes: Signed a one-year deal with Buffalo.
Offensive lineman Will Svitek: Free agent.
Cornerback Aqib Talib: Signed a six-year deal with Denver.
Center Ryan Wendell: Signed a two-year deal to return to New England.

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Rob Ninkovich talks Vince Wilfork, Patrick Chung and rest of Patriots offseason moves 04.08.14 at 4:20 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Rob Ninkovich talked about the additions of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner on Tuesday morning, but also addressed a handful of other topics, including the return of Vince Wilfork, the loss of coach Pepper Johnson and some of the other offseason moves made to this point by the Patriots:

On the return of Vince Wilfork: I’€™m happy I’€™ll be able to look inside and see him next to me. I’€™m happy that he’€™s still my teammate, and we’€™ll be able to go out there and win some football games.

On the offseason return of Julian Edelman — who Ninkovich referred to as “my guy” — as well as some of the other moves: We’€™ve got some great receivers coming back, and with Tom (Brady), we can pretty much do anything. Offensively, we’€™re looking good. Defensively, just adding a couple pieces, and what we have so far, those guys are tremendous talents. As a defensive end, I’€™m happy to have two great talents that can shut down two receivers at the same time. That’€™s awesome. And we have a great safety. So again, defensively, we’€™ve improved, but we’€™ve got to put in the work. That starts now. That starts in the offseason, because you have the talent, but you’€™ve got to put in the work together to get to that ultimate goal. ‘€¦ We’€™re in this thing to win. Everything that we do is directed toward winning football games. The way things work around here is to give our team the best chance of winning, and with those guys, it gives us a better chance.

On the return of Pat Chung: Pat, obviously, went somewhere else and it didn’€™t work out. Coming back, he’€™s a good football player. He’€™s a good, competitive, talented football player who obviously is going to go out there and play hard. He has experience here, he knows what to expect, and it’€™s good to have him back.

On the offseason workouts to this point: Me and (Jerod) Mayo are in there. He’s a pretty explosive guy, so I try to keep up with (him). He’s looking good right now. I’ve been training with him for a long time, and it’s always good to have somebody to push you and make you better.

On losing Pepper Johnson: Pep obviously, he was a tremendous coach in terms of having that game-time experience. But again, the coaching staff that we have here, they’re pretty good. Having Bill involved with the defense all the time, that’s helpful. Any time I have a question or there’s something going on, I’ll go right to Bill and ask him, ‘€˜Hey we’€™re doing this, we’€™re doing that, give me the stuff that I need to know.’€™ I was with Pep for awhile, and wish him all the best in the future. But that’s part of the business. You always have to adjust to changes. There’s always people leaving — coaches leaving, coaches coming. And that’s the way of type game. You deal with it and the new coach that comes in, you get them up to speed on what we’re doing, and get ready to roll.

On motivation needed to get back to AFC title game: I’€™m very motivated. I need to get back to that game and we have to win it this time. Nobody thinks about the time and effort put in to get to a championship game, and the workouts, the offseason, minicamp, training camps, 16 games you have to get through just to get to the playoffs, and then, getting to that AFC Championship Game, it’s a long road. It’€™s a lot of work, and to get back there I have to do it all over again. I’€™m up for the challenge. I want to get back there.

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Julian Edelman: Tom Brady is ‘my dawg’ 03.20.14 at 4:15 pm ET
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Julian Edelman and Tom Brady have developed quite a bond. (AP)

Julian Edelman and Tom Brady have developed quite a bond. (AP)

Julian Edelman said Thursday the prospect of signing with another team in free agency — and leaving Tom Brady — was too difficult to even think about.

“It would be very tough to leave [Brady], because he’s my dawg,”€ Edelman said Thursday on a conference call with reporters.

Edelman and Brady have grown close over the years. Whether it’s the fact that they’re neighbors in the locker room, both California natives or relish the chance to needle each other at any turn (Brady dubbed Edelman “Minitron” last season), it’s clear the two have established a good-natured bond over the last five years.

On Thursday, Edelman said Brady was a key part of the process that ultimately led him back to New England.

“€œHe let it be known that he would love to have me back and part of the team,” said Edelman, who is coming off a career-best season where he caught 105 passes for 1,056 yards and five touchdowns. “Tom is also a good friend of mine. He’€™s one of the guys who helped me develop into a professional in this league. He also told me that I have to take care of myself and my family. He kind of mentored me. It was definitely a very tough decision that you have to deal with. He would have been right there behind if I would have left or if I would have stayed there.”

Edelman, who signed a four-year deal to return to the Patriots earlier this month, has some security for the first time in his professional career — the seventh-round pick out of Kent State said Thursday he felt like if he had a bad practice, he “could potentially get cut the next day.”

“It’€™s good to have a little security and knowing that a team believes in you enough to pay you that kind of stuff, and a little security on how many years I’€™ll be here,”€ Edelman said. “I’€™ve really never been in that situation. I’€™ve always felt like if I had a bad practice, I could potentially get cut the next day.

“€œIt’€™s good to be back with this franchise.”

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Resetting latest on Patriots and their own free agents at 3:53 pm ET
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LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

Just over one week into free agency, here’s a status update on each of New England’s free agents:

Long snapper Danny Aiken: Signed a one-year deal to return to New England.
Running back LeGarrette Blount: No updates.
Defensive end Andre Carter: Carter has left the door open for a possible return — he expanded on his feelings in a recent interview with ESPN — but he remains in limbo, at least at this point.
Wide receiver Austin Collie: No updates.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman: Signed a four-year deal to return to New England.
Linebacker Dane Fletcher: Signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay.
Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui: Signed a two-year deal to return to New England.
Tight end Matthew Mulligan: No updates at this time, but a league source has expressed to WEEI.com some optimism the Maine product could return to the Patriots in 2014.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes: Signed a one-year deal with Buffalo.
Offensive lineman Will Svitek: No updates, but like Mulligan, league sources expressed a belief that the Patriots would welcome him back at a fair market rate.
Cornerback Aqib Talib: Signed a six-year deal with Denver.
Center Ryan Wendell: No updates.

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