Patriots receiver Julian Edelman entered the league in 2009, and, lucky for him, he’s spent the entirety of his career catching passes from Tom Brady.
The two have built a close friendship, similar to the relationship between Brady and Gronk, and they’ve been seen out and about together, such as when they hit up a UNC-Syracuse game earlier in the year.
But Brady has elected to take his talents to Tampa Bay, joining head coach Bruce Arians on the Bucs. It’s the first time in his 20-year NFL career he’ll be playing for a team not named the Patriots, and it’s interesting to see how that experiment goes.
Meanwhile, back on the ranch, Edelman is going through a transition of his own, as the Patriots groom Cam Newton to be their starting quarterback going forward. Edelman still has love for Brady, apparently, but he’s ready to usher in the Newton era.
“Obviously, we played a lot of football together, and I love him to death,” Edelman said, via ESPN. “but the train keeps moving, as it will when I’m not playing here.”
He also gave his impression of Newton, after having watched the 2015 MVP in training camp thus far.
“When you first meet him, just his stature. He’s large — put together well,” Edelman said. “He has a great energy about himself. I was really impressed with his work ethic and mindset.”
Newton definitely brings a lot of energy and passion to the table. It remains to be seen how his body will hold up, though, given all the surgeries he’s had over the past few years. That’s the question mark with him.