Edelman on fumbling issues: 'Gotta do more to get better at it'

Edelman on fumbling issues: 'Gotta do more to get better at it'

FOXBORO -- There's a saying that echoes through the Patriots locker room periodically each and every season: "Ball security is job security."

As often as it's said, it's an adage the Patriots have not heeded this season. They lead the league in fumbles with 18, an average of two per game, and they've lost seven. 

Against the Seahawks on Sunday, they coughed it up three times, losing one when Julian Edelman fought for extra yardage on a catch over the middle in the fourth quarter. He was stripped by Seattle safety Kam Chancellor, and corner Richard Sherman snagged it to give the Seahawks possession with just under nine minutes remaining and a 25-24 lead. 

About four minutes later Russell Wilson found Doug Baldwin for a 15-yard touchdown to make the score 31-24. 

"It's part of the game," said Edelman, who has now lost two fumbles on the season. "It's a crucial part of the game. When you're carrying the ball, you're carrying the fortunes of the whole team. You just gotta do more to get better at it." 

Just before the turnover, the Patriots had been fortunate to avoid giving the football away on special teams. Rookie return man Cyrus Jones, seeing his first action since Week 5, coughed one up on a kick return that was recovered by Nate Ebner. Later in the game, Tom Brady fumbled a snap from center David Andrews as the Patriots tried to come up with the game-tying score in the final few seconds. 

Edelman has fumbled three times on the season, and he acknowledged that ball security has to be at the forefront of the mind of anyone handling, as he calls it, "the fortunes of the whole team."

"That's a constant reminder to yourself," he said. "It's not acceptable, but we're moving on."  

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.