Former New England Patriots, but now-current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady can’t get enough of the New EnglaPatriots business. The G.O.A.T took the opportunity to troll friend and former teammate Julian Edelman as the wide receiver welcomed his new quarterback, the recently signed Cam Newton.
Take a look at the exchange via Instagram.
Tom Brady Trolls Julian Edelman on Instagram
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What Does Jarrett Stidham Think About Edelman’s Tweet?
It’s funny, the Patriots haven’t exactly named Newton the starter, though most with any scruples would expect him to win the job–if he’s healthy. Still, Edelman had reportedly been working out with Stidham in the offseason and seemingly preparing to catch passes from him.
You can’t blame Edelman for looking to establish chemistry with the No. 1 guy, and it’s also great to see him welcome Newton to the team. However, if you’re Stidham, it has to be another log on the fire as he tries to find an opportunity to take the reins.
Newton-to-Edelman Could Be a Common Call
Edelman has made a career of using his football IQ and shiftiness to create space and separation. He simply reads defenses and finds a way to get open. That’s an invaluable skillset for a QB, and it’s only augmented when it also comes with years of knowledge and experience within a system.
Will the Patriots run a system identical to the one they’ve had with Brady for years? No, the team doesn’t even run the same system it did during Brady’s early years when he was more of a game manager. Things will be different. There will be run-pass-options, more downfield looks, a stronger dependence on throwing to the fullbacks Dan Vitale and rookie Dalton Keene, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Sony Michel (provided he’s healthy), and Damien Harris also run the ball even more than they did in 2019.
In any case, Edelman and Newton’s symmetry will be essential to the Patriots’ success on offense.
Brady may always be Edelman’s No. 1 from a career standpoint, but in 2020, if things fall into place, the Patriots might just be a better team than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. You have to wonder how that’ll sit with a man who seems intent on becoming a villain to the fanbase that once universally adored him.
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