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From 2012, Edelman celebrates with Wes “Wally Pipp” Welker after scoring a TD at MetLife Stadium.
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  • Mike Reiss traces Julian Edelman’s evolution: From training camp boos to Patriots icon. ‘No one could have predicted the undersized underdog would transition from 7th-round QB to one of the best WRs in team history.’
  • Karen Guregian points out how Julian Edelman was the quintessential Patriot.
  • Tom E. Curran writes Julian Edelman’s hanging them up with nothing left to prove. /Great read.
  • Zack Cox posts Bill Belichick’s glowing statement on Julian Edelman’s retirement.
  • Bill Burt calls Julian Edelman the best Pats winner not named Belichick or Brady.
  • Doug Kyed tells us why the Pats released Julian Edelman before his retirement announcement.
  • Michael Hurley puts up one winning argument supporting Julian Edelman for the Hall of Fame: “The tale of the 2010s in the NFL cannot be told without Edelman, whose postseason performances were off-the-charts insane.”
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Legend, by example, Patriots WR Julian Edelman announces retirement.
  • Clare Cooper (PatsPropaganda) Have the Patriots lost their identity?
  • Alexandra Francisco reminds us when Bill Belichick savagely predicted Julian Edelman would replace Wes Welker.
  • Mike Reiss examines some of the top narratives surrounding Cam Newton as New England is betting he can regain his form with a better supporting cast. /Interesting.
  • Zack Cox highlights Stephon Gilmore on his uncertain Patriots future and contract status. ‘It’s out of my control’
  • Corey Seeley (CoastToCoastScouting) Belichick vs Brady: Round two.
  • Corey Seeley (CoastToCoastScouting) Behind closed doors. A dive into the Patriots Drafts from 2017-2019 with a focus on the first three rounds.
  • Corey Seeley (CoastToCoastScouting) Sleeper prospect: Interview with UMass OT Larnel Coleman.
  • Doug Kyed presents his Patriots 7-round mock draft with the Pats going slightly off the board with their first pick.


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Julian Edelman’s legacy in New England is both unique and secure; Plus, the latest on Teddy Bridgewater, James Conner and Jadeveon Clowney on the market, Jeff Fisher’s new advisory role and more.
  • Mike Giardi ( Julian Edelman’s retirement marks end of career defined by ‘full throttle’ approach.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Julian Edelman: I am retiring a Patriot.
  • Myles Simmons (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick: It was a privilege to coach “ultimate competitor” Julian Edelman.
  • Kevin Van Valkenburg (ESPN) Julian Edelman might not be a Hall of Famer, but he was a star.
  • Bryan DeArdo (CBS Sports) Julian Edelman retires as one of NFL’s best seventh-round picks: Here’s where he ranks among top 10 all-time.
  • Nora Princiotti (The Ringer) Julian Edelman was the NFL’s most unlikely star.
  • Brianna Williams (ESPN) Tom Brady sends heartfelt message to New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman who announced his retirement from the NFL.
  • Around the NFL ( NFL world reacts to Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman’s retirement.
  • Analysts ( Debate: Is former Patriots receiver Julian Edelman a Hall of Famer?
  • Jason Owens (Yahoo! Sports) Can we please stop with the Julian Edelman Hall of Fame talk?
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) 10 WR prospects who could help Pats fill void left by Julian Edelman.
  • Patrick Walker (CBS Sports) Ranking the best NFL draft picks of all time: Top five ever taken at No. 15.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Patriots waive Michael Barnett.
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) Five undervalued offensive linemen prospects who teams should target on Day 3.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) NFL mock draft 5.0: The Patriots trade up for Justin Fields.
  • Maurice Jones-Drew ( 2021 NFL mock draft 2.0: Two trades shake up top 10. Pats trade up to No. 7 to take Alabama QB Mac Jones.
  • Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports) Two-round 2021 NFL mock draft. Pats pick Penn State LB Micah Parsons at 15.