For the first time since the Antonio Brown signing became official Julian Edelman weighed in on his new teammate.
Making his weekly appearance on the Greg Hill Show, Edelman discussed the dynamic Brown has brought to the Patriots during what has been a tumultuous first week with his new team.
"Coach is going to do what is best for the team, what he feels is best for the team," said Edleman of Bill Belichick's decision to bring in the wide receiver. "Adding Antonio, he feels that’s best for our team. Quite frankly, he’s a a really good football player. He works his tail off. He practiced this week. I think with a player like him, a player of his caliber, he’s going to raise the bar and raise the intensity of practice because he’s so good for other guys to see. He’s a really good football player and I look forward to playing with him.
"It ultimately comes down to playing football. The teams that can focus on that the best and focus on their preparation for their opponents, which is what it’s been all week, it’s been on the Miami Dolphins. We have lost to this team a lot. Adding other pieces is part of it. It’s not the first time we’ve added someone after the first week. It’s not the last time we’ll do it, either. We have a really phenomenal football player that can come in and can help our football team be better."
If Brown does suit up Sunday against the Dolphins Sunday, the Patriots will be running out a receiver group that includes Edelman, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski and Brown. That collection is, of course, complemented by runnings backs James White, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden. In Week 1, Edelman led all Patriots receivers with six catches with White and Burkhead each collecting five and Dorsett finishing with four.
"The more football players you have when you have guys like James White, you got guys like Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, Antonio. You're adding all these players it's only going to make the unit better," Edelman said. "That's the goal. This goal today is to continuously trying to to improve and play our best football on Sunday and each and every week through the preparation we have each week. That's kind of where we're trying to go with that."