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Julian Edelman on MFB: ‘We’re building up for the backstretch’ by getting more players involved 10.27.14 at 12:04 pm ET
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Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Monday, one day after Sunday’s rout of the Bears. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

While Edelman was the standout through the first few weeks — without much support from the rest of receiving corps — Tom Brady has been spreading out the passes the last couple of weeks. Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell combined to make 20 catches for 173 yards and four touchdowns Sunday.

“You’re getting production out of a lot of guys,” Edelman said. “[Jonas Gray] came up again and had a big game. Timmy [Wright] comes in and has his touchdown. Gronk, Shane [Vereen] having some big plays. The more you have a lot more guys doing things, we’re building up for the backstretch.”

Added Edelman: “[LaFell is] playing lights out. He’s making plays and scoring touchdowns. It’s great for the offense.”

Meanwhile, Edelman’s production has declined. He had just one reception Sunday. He said it isn’t a matter of defenses adjusting to him.

“I think it’s more just: One week it’s this guy, the next week it’s that guy,” he said. “Hopefully it comes back.”

Added Edelman: “The offense has been doing well. You don’t want to do anything differently to disrupt that. I’m sure I’ll be getting targets my way or something like that. It’s the flows of the game. You’re going to be hot sometimes, and sometimes you’re going to be playing a different role. As long as the team’s winning, that’s all it’s about.”

Next up for the Patriots is a game against the AFC-leading Broncos.

“I’ve played in a few of these now, so you’re kind of used to it,” Edelman said, adding: “It’s a conference game. There’s some meaning behind this game, because the winner can put themselves a foot forward in the standings. Its Denver, they’re a good team. They’ve obviously been on TV a bunch. You’ve got Peyton Manning. But I don’t necessarily play against Peyton Manning. I play against the defense.”

Sunday will feature a matchup of Edelman against former teammate Aqib Talib, now a member of the Broncos defensive secondary.

“It’s going to be fun, because I loved Talib when he was here,” Edelman said. “We got along real well. I thought he was a great teammate and I enjoyed playing with him. So it’s going to be fun. I also know T.J. Ward a little bit. We train in the offseason together. It will be fun to go out there and play against premier competition.”

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Tom Brady on D&C: Sunday’s rout of Bears ‘one of the most fun days we’ve ever had on the football field’ at 8:00 am ET
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Coming off his best game of the season, Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to discuss Sunday’s rout of the Bears and preview next Sunday’s showdown against the Broncos. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Brady completed 30-of-35 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns in Sunday’s 51-23 dismantling of the Bears.

“I think there’s always room for improvement,” he said. “But truthfully, the guys make it easy for the quarterback when all those guys play the way they did yesterday. It makes it easy for me — not to say playing the Bears defense is easy, because it’s not — but when the guys around you play the way they did, it makes it easy for the quarterback.

“I’m proud of the way those guys — all of them, Julian [Edelman] and Gronk [Rob Gronkowski] and Danny [Amendola] and the offensive line especially, Tim Wright played great, we got off to a great start in the run game. All those things, they all have a cumulative effect on the offense. You’re trying to move the ball down the field, score points, and when the guys around you are playing at the level they played at, for me, then I just read the defense and make the throw and those guys are making all the plays. It was a great day for us.”

The oft-injured Gronkowski appears to have returned to form, as he finished with nine receptions for 149 yards and three touchdowns.

“He was phenomenal,” Brady said. “He’s been such a great player for our offense and our team. I love playing with him. He brings such an energy to the team. He’s a great player. He certainly played as well as he’s ever played yesterday — three touchdowns through 2 1/2 quarters was pretty awesome. He’s making all the catches, making all the catch-and-runs. He’s just playing fearlessly. The guys really take a cue from him. He’s just a great player.

“When he plays like that — and like I said, [Brandon] LaFell plays like that, Julian’s been one of our most consistent players for the last two years, he’s just been phenomenal for us. Danny made a couple of plays, Tim Wright, the offensive line, the run game. When one guy’s doing well it just helps another guy do well and then helps another guy do well. You see some of the great offenses around the league week in and week out, it’s those types of performances that lead to team success.

“It’s been good, we’ve made some great improvements here from what we talked about over a month ago. But look, we’ve still got to get better. Our whole season’s in front of us. We’ve got to get back to work today and we’ve got obviously the biggest game of the year coming up.”

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Julian Edelman on MFB: ‘I definitely have to eliminate [dropped passes] immediately’ 10.20.14 at 11:45 am ET
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Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Monday, as the Patriots prepare for next Sunday’s game against the Bears. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

The Patriots played four games in 18 days and it appeared to take a toll as they struggled in Thursday’s two-point win over the lowly Jets.

“When you go out and it’s a short week like that it’s all mental, it’s all like walk-through stuff,” Edelman said. “It’s tough for both teams. As athletes we’re creatures of habit. You throw a wrench in a routine it’s a little different. But we both had to deal with it. We came out with a win, and now you do get to have a long weekend.”

The normally reliable Edelman had a couple of costly dropped passes in Thursday’s game. Although he’s having his second straight strong season, Edelman said he wants to prove himself to Tom Brady.

“I definitely have to go in there and I’ve got to show him in practice that I can go not drop easy balls, or try to run with the ball before I have it,” Edelman said. “I’m sure that he’ll come back, because that’s how he is. He’s going to throw to the open guy. It’s definitely a different situation [than in past years], but I definitely have to eliminate that immediately and go back to the drawing boards and catch more balls and work on it.”

After a slow start, the Patriots offense has picked it up, due in no small part to the play of Edelman. The 28-year-old has 44 receptions for 453 yards and a touchdown through seven games.

“Like we say every week, we just try to go out each and every week and get better,” Edelman said. “That’s what we’re trying to do. There’s a lot of situations that we have to get better at. But we consistently put in the work. Guys are going out there, they’re working hard, they’re making plays in practice and it’s translating into games. It’s going to help the team. As long as we can just keep it going, keep getting better, everyone contributing, everyone doing their job, that’s how it goes.”

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Chandler Jones on MFB: ‘It’s our job just to step up and play better’ with Jerod Mayo injured 10.13.14 at 12:03 pm ET
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Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones

Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones and wide receiver Julian Edelman checked in with Middays with MFB on Monday for their weekly interviews, one day after a 37-22 victory over the Bills. To hear the interviews, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

While the Patriots played well Sunday, there were some key injuries, most notably to linebacker Jerod Mayo, who was carted off the field and appears to have suffered a serious leg injury.

“I haven’t spoken to Jerod. My prayers are with him, I’m going to definitely pray for him. I have best wishes for him, but I haven’t spoken to him,” Jones said. “It’s our job just to step up and play better. Like I said, my prayers are out for him and his family. Hopefully he’ll be OK.”

Next up for the Patriots is a Thursday night game against the Jets. Jones said he doesn’t mind the quick turnaround.

“I enjoy playing football in general,” Jones said. “Listen, I don’t care what day it is. I could play football every day.”

Added Jones: “I’m 24 years old, I’m single, I don’t have any kids, I can be up watching film all night. So I live for it, I love it, I enjoy it.”

Edelman, who at 28 has a few more years in the league, said, “There are no positives when you’re playing this early” — at least not until after the game.

“I guess the only positive is that you might have a day off the next day going into the weekend,” Edelman said. “Maybe you can grab a Saturday brunch.”

The Jets head into the game at 1-5. Neither starting quarterback Geno Smith not backup Michael Vick have done much of anything this season, but Jones respects both of them.

“Just prepare for anything,” Jones said. “With the Jets, they do have two quarterbacks who are very effective. With a quarterback like Michael Vick, he can definitely use his legs to hurt you, and he has a strong arm. It’s something that you just have to know and keep in the back of your mind, especially with a team that he could be part of the game as well.”

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Julian Edelman on MFB: ‘We didn’t worry about what everyone else was saying’ 10.06.14 at 12:55 pm ET
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Patriots receiver Julian Edelman and defensive end Chandler Jones joined Middays with MFB on Monday, following Sunday’s 43-17 victory over the Bengals. To hear the interviews, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

The Patriots were coming off a challenging week — a Monday night blowout loss to the Chiefs followed by days of reports about alleged rifts between players and coaches.

“All that aside — we ignore the noise around here — it was good to go out there and play a tough opponent in the Cincinnati Bengals on prime-time TV and go out and get a win and do some good things on that night,” Edelman said. “We have some stuff to fix. We have to turn it around, we have a quick turnaround for a divisional game with Buffalo, which is going to be a tough one [with] them coming after a win. But it was definitely good to get a win.”

Added Edelman: “We didn’t worry about what everyone else was saying about everything. We kind of just stuck together as a team and focused on the Cincinnati Bengals, because we really didn’t have a choice. It was a short week, they’re a tough opponent, they were 3-0. We had no choice but to just put our hard hats on, bring the lunch pail to work and then go out and grind out a good week of work.”

Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones

Jones said the team had a good week of practice leading up to the Bengals game, but he said it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.

“Honestly, practice is always intense over here with the Patriots,” Jones said. “That’s what I like. Even if we win or if we had lost, no matter what the score is, that’s how I expect it next week, even though we did win this week. Our practice is always going to be intense. That’s how things are here.

“And I want to add to that: I also feel like the players, even in the locker room, we knew what we had to do. Not even down on ourselves because of the loss, but it’s like we knew what we had to do this week, and we went out and did what we had to do.”

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Tom Brady on D&C: Reports of issues with coaches not true, ‘I’ve always had input on what we do’ at 10:54 am ET
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning, following Sunday night’s 43-17 rout of the Bengals. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Patriots rebounded from last Monday’s humiliating loss to the Chiefs and tuned out all the criticism to put together a bounceback performance against the previously undefeated Bengals.

“There’s a lot of people outside of our locker room that never want to really see the Patriots win or do well. Certainly our opponents in the AFC East,” Brady said. “The more you eliminate distractions and eliminate listening to what people may say or think about you, the more you can focus on what you’re able to do. It was a really tough loss for us last week, we understand that it was one game and we didn’t play well and we can perform a lot better than we did, and we went out there and did it last night, which was really great to see, ’cause we’re a team that has a lot of mental toughness and a lot of heart. I’m glad that we went out and played our best game of the year so far.

“It’s a great step, it’s just a building block, it’s one game in a long season. We’ve got a huge one this week against Buffalo. So we’ve got to bring the same attitude, like we do every week, really an urgency to get better, make improvements, and then go out there and let it rip next Sunday.”

There was an ESPN report that there was “tension” between Brady and the coaches, and the quarterback’s input in game plans had been “significantly diminished.” Brady said that’s not the case.

“I’ve always had input on what we do,” he said. “I think that’s what’s been so great for me being here, is I’ve always had the opportunity to say how I feel and what I think. Those are very personal discussions I have with my coaches. They have so much respect for me, I have so much respect for them. I don’t feel that way, I would never say that way. It’s nice to for me to have an opportunity when you hear from my voice how I really feel. I feel there’s no place I’d rather play. Certainly there’s no coach I’d ever want to play for than coach [Bill] Belichick. My relationship with the offensive coaches is great. I respect them way more than they even know for the work that they put in to try to get us players ready to play.

“I think we’ve had a good thing going for a long time. I can see why people could try to be divisive when things aren’t going well. That’s not what our team’s always been about.The problems we’ve experienced this year have nothing to do with anything that’s been written or said. I try to tell you guys it’s about our execution and what us players need to do.

“Our coaches put us in a great position to win every week. And the way that they prepare, there’s nobody that has more respect for them than me. And certainly, if I ever had an issue with anybody in our organization, then how we deal with it as men is we go talk to each other about it. It’s unfortunate when things get said because I said after the game there’s very personal relationships that I have that you have years and years of trust and support with. And then someone other than myself says something and it gets reported as if it’s a fact. But there’s certainly no truth to it, to the way that I feel. And they know the way that I feel about them. It’s actually a great opportunity for me to say that from my own voice of how much I respect and love the job that they do for us players, because I don’t think there’s a better staff in the league that puts us into to position to win each week as players.”

Added Brady: “Absolutely not [true]. I’ve always had input. There’s not one play that’s ever been called in a game that I’ve said, ‘Look, I don’t want to run that play.’ That’s not the way it works. I think there’s always a great working relationship that I’ve had certainly when Charlie [Weis] was here, when Josh [McDaniels] was here the first time, when Billy [O'Brien] was calling plays, when Josh was calling plays this time. And we talk all the time. I’ve always had the ability to do those things. That’s what makes going to work every day challenging ’cause there’s always so much to learn and to work with people that you trust and respect — and they’re a hell of a lot smarter than me — that usually brings out the best in me. As I said, I’m very lucky to have those guys.”

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Sealver Siliga (foot) does not participate while Jamaal Charles (limited) expects to play 09.25.14 at 5:49 pm ET
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Sealver Siliga addresses reporters at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Sealver Siliga addresses reporters at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Defensive lineman Sealver Siliga was the only Patriots player missing from practice on Thursday as the team released its first formal participation report of the week leading up to their game Monday night in Kansas City. Siliga injured his foot in the first half Sunday against the Raiders and did not return.

In a bit of encouraging news for the Patriots, three players were removed altogether from the injury report after spending last week on the list. Receiver Julian Edelman (back), running back Shane Vereen (shoulder) and center Ryan Wendell (knee) participated fully in practice and were not on the report.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) and linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh) remain on the list.

For the Chiefs, running back Jamaal Charles, who missed Sunday’s win over the Dolphins with a high-ankle sprain, returned and was listed as limited.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid indicated that he believes the running back will be ready to play Monday night against the Patriots.

“Yeah, I think so,” Reid said Thursday when asked if Charles would practice this week and play on Monday. “He’s going to practice. We’ll see how he does.”

Additionally for the Chiefs, safety Eric Berry is nursing an ankle injury and did not practice. Pass rushing linebacker Tamba Hali (ankle/knee) was one of five Chiefs limited on Thursday.

Here’s the complete report:

Did not participate
DT Sealver Siliga (ankle)

Limited
DE Michael Buchanan (ankle)
LB Jamie Collins (thigh)
OL Dan Connolly (knee)
CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (knee)
S Don Jones (hamstring)

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