Julian Edelman has made peace with the fact he won’t be playing football for the first four weeks of the regular season. It won’t stop the veteran Patriots receiver from preparing like he will be on the field. Edelman, who missed all of the 2017 season due to a torn ACL, has been able to participate without any major issues at practice over the past two weeks, returning to his usual spot as Tom Brady's go-to option from the slot.
While the 32-year-old wideout has shown flashes of his trademark speed and knack for separating himself from defenders, Edelman was critical of himself following Friday's practice at Gillette Stadium. Julian Edelman Jersey.
“It’s been a grind. Honestly just trying to get your legs to – you’re compounding day after day after day after day. When you’re working in the offseason, you may put three together – I think we’re on what, eight today? So you’re always trying to go out and get better and I have to do a lot better. I feel like I got to get my legs under me a lot more. I don’t have my camp legs, I don’t have football legs and it’s evident out there. You get tired, you create bad habits, you don’t run your routes right and you get yelled at in meetings for it. I’m expecting to do that because I got to pick it up. I wasn’t as good as I want to be today and feeling that’s because I’m not in the best shape right now.”
His return to health will be critical for the Patriots, who are undergoing significant transition at receiver after trading Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams in the offseason and having Danny Amendola depart in free agency to the Miami Dolphins.
To this point in training camp, Edelman described his return as a "grind."