It was an interesting offseason for Julian Edelman, and not just because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Patriots wide receiver saw his good friend and only NFL quarterback he's really known Tom Brady, depart for Tampa Bay via free agency.
Edelman addressed it for the first time publicly speaking via video conference Monday.
“I mean obviously it was a little different scenario. You got to move on," he said. "This is a business and you wish him well. And that is when you instantly start thinking about what you have to do to for yourself to go out and contribute and help the team for the upcoming year.
"Obviously, yeah we played a lot of ball together — I love him to death, but the train keeps moving as it will when I am not playing here or something. It just always keeps going. We have to worry about the people we have here and try and prepare ourselves the best we can with the situation we’re in with everything we’re dealing with.”
Later in the offseason the Patriots added another former NFL MVP in Cam Newton. Edelman along with a number of other pass catchers worked out with Newton following his signing and ahead of reporting to the Gillette Stadium facility.
Newton made a good first impression.
“He’s a specimen, for sure," Edelman said. "When you first meet him — just his stature, the dude is large, put together well and he has great energy. He has a great energy about himself. I was really impressed with his work ethic and his mindset. Just like I have been impressed with (Jarrett) Stidham’s and (Brian) Hoyer’s. I have been throwing with those guys as well.
"Everyone is out there and everyone is competing at all positions and competition makes us all better. We’re looking forward to going out and continuing our Phase 1, 2, or whatever we’re on now to eventually getting into pads and getting ready, preparing for real football.”
The Patriots will begin full-padded practices Aug. 17.