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Patriots Training Camp Talk: Julian Edelman and Stephon Gilmore Sent Home After Fight

Patriots Training Camp Talk: Julian Edelman and Stephon Gilmore Sent Home After Fight

The Patriots are coming close to the preseason with their first game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, it would seem that there are some issues that will need to be addressed regarding the team as Wide Reciever Julian Edelman and Cornerback Stephon Gilmore have both been sent home. According to the latest reports from this morning’s training camp, the two players got into a brief scuffle and were ejected from practice for the remainder of the day.

The players got heated after Edelman failed to catch an end-zone pass while he was being targeted by Gilmore and it led to the fight until Edelman was pulled back by fellow wide receiver Chris Hogan. Bill Belichick made the right call having both players leave, players are tired, sweating and frustrated, it leads to fights. Malcolm Bulter and Bryan Stork had a similar incident at last year’s training camp.

While this is likely only a minor incident, it should be a non-issue once they begin joint practice against Jacksonville. Many vets understand this is simply just two players who got heated up, and ESPN’s Mike Reiss asked Linebacker David Harris about the fight. He responded with “there is no animosity off the field.”

“They are just trying to win, to compete every play, and once the next play starts it is forgotten about. They’re not holding any grudges, or anything like that. It is part of training camp — it’s hot, people are miserable, tired of going against each other. That’s part of the grind of training camp — every player on every team goes through it,”

Edelman has always been known to take things seriously even during training camp (same with players like Tom Brady). This was backed up by Patriots’ Safety and team captain, Devin McCourty who had a similar response:

“That stuff happens and everyone knows Jules (Edelman) is a fiery guy. I think the biggest thing is those two positions compete all day — whether it’s individual release drills, one-on-ones, 7-on-7 — it’s the same guys. I think the greatest thing about our team is that all that stuff happens on the field, it’s football, it never carries over to the locker room.”

The team will begin to conduct joint training camp practices with the Jaguars on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8, before the 2017 preseason opener on Thursday, Aug. 10 at Gillette Stadium.

Patriots Training Camp Talk: Julian Edelman and Stephon Gilmore Sent Home After Fight
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