The New England Patriots will be without wideout Julian Edelman for the first four games of the NFL season. But if you’re looking to connect that to quarterback Tom Brady, he’s got a message for you.
This past week, many have attempted to link Edelman’s PED suspension to Brady’s personal trainer Alex Guerrero. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, though, he’s not having that.
“I have no comment. It is just ridiculous,” Brady said. “I’m out. See you guys.”
Edelman missed the entire 2017 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. But the season before that, he and Brady lit up the stat sheet. Across 16 games in 2016 (13 starts), Edelman racked up 1,106 yards (a career-high) on 98 receptions. At 32 years old, it’s reasonable to assume Edelman took something to recover faster. That’s typically how these things work. But Brady, who is about to enter his 19th NFL season, is just trying to focus on football.
“Football is very, very important to me. It always has been, and I love being out here with my teammates. As you get older, you have different responsibilities, and I think that’s just part of life. Everyone’s got to deal with those responsibilities differently and what works for them. Football is a huge part of my life. I love being here with my teammates and playing, and hopefully we can have a great season.”
Meanwhile, the Patriots are coming off another successful season. However, it didn’t end quite as well as they would’ve hoped. After running through the AFC once again in 2017, the Patriots fell short to Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. But the job is far from over. For Brady, it’s simply back to the beginning once again. And he cannot wait. Most of all, he’s very thankful that Josh McDaniels is staying aboard.
“Josh and I have had a great relationship for 18 years, and he’s one of my best friends. I love working with him and we have a very special relationship that I cherish, and it’s kind of been that way for a long time.”