New England Patriots Patriots Talk: Edelman Is Back And Excited To See The “Fellas” Share Tweet Published 3 months ago on July 27, 2017 By Tanner Rebelo Patriots Talk: Edelman Is Back And Excited To See The “Fellas” New England Patriots wideout Julian Edelman is back at training camp. Jules is excited to get things kicked off and seeing the rest of the guys again. “Seeing the fellas, seeing what this team is going to be made out of, seeing the new guys, seeing the old guys. That’s always the funnest part, or the most fun.” Edelman is at a position with immense competition. You have players like Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, and Malcolm Mitchell just to name a few. But like Edelman says, the competition gets “the best out of players. “There’s competition everywhere. Competition makes the best out of players. We’ve got a room with a lot of guys that can do a lot of things, so it’s going to make us better.” With training camp just kicking off on Thursday there is still a lot to go through. While the excitement might be there on day 1, a few weeks down the road is what is key in judging a team. “The vibe is always good in the beginning. You want to see the vibe after Day 12 of training camp. That’s the vibe you want to see, but everyone is excited to be back. It’s good to come and get to go out and practice in front of the fans, see these guys get all riled up. It brings an energy to practice so that’s always nice, so I guess it’s a good vibe right now.” The Patriots enter this season as the Super Bowl favorites. Some media outlets are already penning a 16-0 season for New England. But Edelman makes a point of managing his expectations of the team. “You manage your expectations. You focus on what you have on your plate at that moment of time, the time right now. Right now at the start of training camp you make mistakes. You want to go out and learn from them and just continually try to improve to make each day the best it can possibly be going into the regular season. Constant improvement and expectations are expectations – you always have to manage those because if you get your hopes up, you get your feelings hurt.” Edelman, now 31-years-old is entering his ninth season with New England. Related Topics:featuredPatriots Up Next Patriots Talk: Gilmore Getting Acclimated In New England Don't Miss Patriots Talk: Belichick Talks Gronk’s And Brady’s Health Tanner Rebelo Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta. Continue Reading Advertisement You may like Patriots Football Talk: Week 6 Win Against the Jets Don’t Worry About Tom Brady, He’s A Survivor The Patriots Escape with a Win Thursday Night Against the Bucs [19-14] Stephon Gilmore Is A Buffalo Bills Player At Heart As Patriots O-Line Fails, Brady Blocks Himself Patriots Controversial Loss To Carolina Brought Back Up New England Patriots Patriots Still Have A Ways To Go, AFC East Up For Grabs Published 4 days ago on October 15, 2017 By Tanner Rebelo Heading into the Patriots-Jets game head coach Bill Belichick stressed on how good the Jets were so far in the young NFL season. In New England’s 24-17 win on Sunday his impression of New York looked correct. Jets QB Josh McCown went 31-47 for 354 yards with a QBR of 84.9. McCown was all over the place making crazy throws while making stupid throws at the same time. His up and down performance led to two interceptions while also keeping them in the game right until the end. McCown wasn’t perfect but he was able to expose the weakened Patriots secondary on numerous occasions. Statistically, he outplayed Patriots QB Tom Brady who had a QBR of 80.7 with a 20-38 for a 257-yard day. The Patriots winning the game to move their record to 4-2 with 11 straight road victories is huge, but they are still aren’t having success in all 3 phases of the game. New England’s defense which has been suspect every single week so far looked ok against the Jets. But the defense was bailed out by the Jets offense which lacks the real weapons to compete in the NFL on an offensive level. On offense, the Patriots have been up-and-down so far this season with 30+ point games followed up by 2 less than stellar performances. Having Rob Gronkowski back and snagging 2 touchdowns is huge. But going to him on 10 targets for 6 receptions is way too much. Gronk led New England with those 10 targets, injuries and lack of depth continue to force Brady to go to him which has already caused Gronk to miss a game this season. The bottom line is the weak link on offense this season is Dwayne Allen. Allen has been a negative factor as the backup tight end. He hasn’t been anything close to what Martellus Bennett gave the team last season. Allen’s failures in both the passing and blocking game have caused Brady to get hit an immense amount this season. Having a zero factor tight end causes Gronk, a great blocker, to go out and catch the ball more instead of blocking. Allen was a bad trade for New England, almost as bad as the David Harris signing. Only reason Harriss still has a roster spot is the $1 million guaranteed he is owed this season. Despite GM Belichick’s failures this offseason, the injuries on both sides of the ball has killed the Patriots through 6 games. It is actually impressive that they are 4-2. What is important is that New England has yet to play their best ball, the real question though is if they will ever do so this season. Now by now, you have likely questioned why I stated that the AFC East is still up for grabs. Here is why. Still, long ways to go in this NFL season, but the AFC East is currently close. Teams in the division have overplayed but one could envision a team like Miami or Buffalo going 9-7 this season. Hell one of them could even go 10-6. Of course, New England should be able to best that type of record, but what if they don’t? What if Gilmore never really pans out? The communication never improves? Hightower gets hurt again and exposes a weak LB group? Brady goes down? Wideout injuries continue? Gronk goes down? No real backup tight end? The list of questions through 6 games for the Patriots are crazy. Usually, at this point, many of these types of issues will start to be answered. But from the start of the season till now it feels as if the questions are mounting instead of being answered. 4-2 and atop that AFC East is great. But one of these years the Patriots will be surpassed, could it be this season? Maybe not, but the Patriots still have a ways to go to prove they belong atop the division standings come January. Continue Reading New England Patriots Patriots Football Talk: Week 6 Win Against the Jets Published 4 days ago on October 15, 2017 By Christian Bullock The Patriots were down by 14 Points in the 1st Half against the Jets. It didn’t look good. They started out slow, getting the ball after a New York Jets TD score for the 1st possession of the game. It was a real struggle for the Team. Their Defense struggled, their offense struggled. It was difficult sustaining a drive. They made mistakes and Tom Brady threw an interception. It looked to be disappointing. But don’t call a TB12 Game over before 60+ Minutes. He can make any comeback happen, give him time on the clock and he can make miracles happen. They were down in the 2nd Quarter but like other games this Season they played their best in the 2nd Quarter. Then the tides began to turn. And they got a drive going and had a TD Rush from Dion Lewis from the 1 yard line. It was just what they needed to get fired up. The Patriots Defense held the Jets to 14 Points for the rest of the half. And with 40 seconds left to go they got a Defensive INT by Macolm Butler, before Halftime. It was the start of an avalanche by the Patriots. Tom Brady threw to Brandin Cooks and got to the 1 yard line. It was an excellent pass and was delivered right to the WR. Over the shoulder and close to a score. Then Tom Brady went to Rob Gronkoski, he just missed him in the end zone. Luckily he went back to Gronk again for the 2nd down and goal. Touchdown! It was remarkable and just what the Pats needed at that right time. Gronk would go on to catch 6 out of 10 targets for 83 yards. And he would get another TD in the 2nd Half. He high stepped his way into the end zone. This is a guy who is uncoverable and boy did he show up today. Making it [21-14]. The Pats would kick a Field Goal in the 4th Quarter, Steven Gostkowski made up for that Field Goal that he missed in the 2nd Quarter. This made it [24-14], giving New England a 10 Point lead. Some notables were on the Team were Brandin Cooks who would go on to get 93 Yards on 6 catches out of 9 targets. And Danny Amendola who had a good game with 40 Yards on 3 Receptions. Also Dion Lewis with 52 Yards on 11 Attempts and 1 TD. The Patriots would go on to hold the Jets to a Field Goal in the 4th Quarter. They got a lucky call on a called turnover in the end zone on replay. Yeah it was really controversial but you know the Pats have been in murky waters before. And you know what on the replay of the Jets TD score was reversed. Wow, what a relief! The Patriots would get another INT and put this game away just like that! It became Tom Brady’s 187th Regular Season Win, which is a new NFL Record, it was 212th Win including the Playoffs also an NFL Record. He is the best of the best, and he showed it today on the road. With this Win the Pats go 4-2 on the Year and tops in the AFC East Division. Next Week they play in Foxboro against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday October 22, at 8:30 pm on NBC Sunday Night Football. Continue Reading New England Patriots Patriots Talk: NaVorro Bowman Released By 49ers, Possible Pick-up? Published 4 days ago on October 14, 2017 By stephenhilton Patriots Talk: NaVorro Bowman Released By 49ers, Possible Pick-up? It’s somehow shocking that NaVorro Bowman is released from the San Fransisco 49ers in an unexpected move from new General Manager John Lynch and Head Coach Kyle Shanahan. Many teams are likely going to look into Bowman, but there are too many teams whose defense would love a guy like him. However, according to the public statement from the 49ers from GM John Lynch: “We talked at length with NaVorro about the direction that each party wanted to go in. And that’s what we left that meeting. Since then, we’ve been working in earnest to find that trade partner. We had a couple of things that, a couple teams that were very interested. Came very close to happening. Ultimately, we were working with NaVorro and his representation, Drew Rosenhaus, to try to get this thing across the finish line. We wanted NaVorro, we felt like he had earned the right to have some options and some choices that he deemed the right ones for him. In the end, he chose that he would rather look at all 31 teams and we granted his request there. So, we’re going to go ahead and release NaVorro Bowman.” This seems to be a situation where the San Fransisco 49ers couldn’t hold onto Bowman any longer due to frustrations with the coaching staff. This was later explained: “Just a little context as to how this all came about; NaVorro spoke publicly about his frustration with the strategy that Kyle and his staff have put together to try to get the best out of NaVorro, in our minds, and have it be best for NaVorro and for our team. Drew spoke to me on Monday night and indicated his frustration on behalf of NaVorro and I told him that I had talked with Kyle and his staff and that we were convicted, that we felt like this was the best thing for him, which in response Drew communicated that if that’s the case NaVorro would prefer to be traded.” This seems to be a case of the players and the coaching staff not approving of neither situation. Right now, Bowman is not a savior or player that can make a difference based purely on his physical play. For the last several seasons Bowman has been suffering much over his seven-year career. The 29-year old missed all of the 2014 season due to an ACL and MCL tear sustained after the 2013 NFC title game (which was on their way to Super Bowl 47). In addition, he ended his 2016 campaign on injured reserve with an Achilles’ tear. It’s very clear that the reason he didn’t get many offers is due to his on-the-field performance so far this season and his injury history. Right now, Bowman has struggled in coverage this season and allowed 11 of 13 passes thrown his way to be completed for 113 yards and a touchdown. His main strength is his instincts, straight football IQ and leadership (which is very similar to David Harris). Many have been thinking of him as a potential pickup but for now, the Patriots have nothing to lose thus far, so they can at least give his agent a call. Continue Reading Most Popular New England Patriots7 days ago NFL Talk: Week 6 Picks Editorial6 days ago Connelly’s Top Ten – John Farrell Meet Grady, Jimy, John, Don, Butch, Kevin, etc. Boston Celtics7 days ago Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum Has “Truth” To The Hype Editorial5 days ago The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Boston Celtics2 days ago Celtics Talk: The Little Guys Boston Bruins4 days ago Boston Bruins Defeat The Arizona Coyotes End Losing Streak Boston Bruins6 days ago Boston Bruins Season Just Started No Need To Jump Ship New England Patriots4 days ago Patriots Talk: NaVorro Bowman Released By 49ers, Possible Pick-up?