New England Patriots Links 5/21/10 - Able Edelman Gives Some Love To The Veterans

Vince Wilfork films a Bob's Discount Furniture commercial at Gillette Stadium.

Mike Reiss notes one theme that came through loud and clear in Julian Edelman's Q&A is how he feels fortunate to be around veteran receivers.

It starts with Randy Moss. "Randy is a great leader. A lot of people bust his … mess with him and the kind of guy he is, but I think it’s an unfair perspective of him," Edelman said. "He’s always been helpful. He’s a team player. A lot of people don’t think that of him. He’s here to try to help us get better. Last year, he’d pull me aside and he’d teach me up on little things, trying to get me better."

In addition to Moss, Edelman relayed that he had just been working out with veteran David Patten. "One of the hardest workers you’ll see. We were just catching balls right now together, competing. That’s what Patten brings. He brings a competitiveness with him and it allows us to make each other better because we’re competing at everything we do. That’s what D-Patt does."

"Any time you have these kind of veterans like these guys, you’re going to take everything they say and listen to it well. You’re going to take it from everyone, but these guys especially with the situations and ballgames they’ve been in, and the numbers they’ve produced. It’s nice to have these kind of guys around you."

Christopher Price notes Julian Edelman is coming off the greatest rookie season by a seventh-round pick in the history of the Patriots, and he wants to do more.

"For Julian Edelman to come in and pick things up as quickly as he did last year and to be at the point as a receiver that he is right now — considering the fact that he, A) never played the position, and, B) converting to a new position as a rookie in an offense that has a number of moving parts and to be where he is now — is just phenomenal," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.

"He’s come so far as a football player at a new position in literally a calendar year … but he did it in six months … I don’t think any one of us would have predicted that."

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