The New England Patriots won’t struggle with issues with the receiver unit as Julian Edelman comes back to Foxboro. Edelman’s suspension came to an end. He was even present at Gillette Stadium!
ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported that Edelman was spotted at Gillette Stadium at 7 a.m., meaning he’s ready to get on the field. His suspension ended on Sunday midnight.
Edelman was suspended for four games due to violation of NFL’s performance-enhancing policy. He also had a torn ACL to take care off, and missed the entire 2017 season. Patriots are happy to have him back, and quarterback Tom Brady expressed his excitement.
“I know he was itching to go and he wants to get down there and show everyone he is ready to go. He’s in that James White mode where he is just so dependable and consistent and tough. He hasn’t been out there in awhile. [Last year] was a tough injury to miss all season and then to miss these first four weeks, I know he is itching to get back,” Tom Brady said during his appearance on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan.
Edelman will face difficulties on his way back. The team will challenge the Colts for Thursday Night Football.
“I think there is a lot of incentive for him. He’s very much an underdog. He’s seem himself like that for a long time. He plays with a massive chip on his shoulder and I think that is his play style. He’s tough. He’s been everything that you are looking for as a Patriot. Hopefully he brings that attitude and his competitiveness. Be really unselfish and do all the dirty work, which Jules loves to do,” Brady added.
“I think all the guys appreciate that with a player who is not the biggest guy, but he has a big heart and makes the biggest plays at the biggest times. Any time you can add someone like that it can only help.”