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Giardi: Edelman-Gilmore dust-up was only a matter of time

Giardi: Edelman-Gilmore dust-up was only a matter of time

FOXBORO - You knew it was only a matter a time before we had our first training camp scuffle. And if you’ve been watching the first five days, you weren’t surprised at two combatants: Julian Edelman and Stephon Gilmore. 

It happened in a team period down in the end zone. A Tom Brady pass pointed in Edelman’s direction fell incomplete. Edelman appeared to say something to Gilmore and after a few more words were exchanged, the pint-sized but powerful slot receiver had tossed Gilmore to the ground and jumped on top of him. Helmets were ripped off before Edelman himself was pried off the fallen corner by fellow wideout Chris Hogan. Once the fracas was quelled, first Edelman, then Gilmore, were summarily ejected from practice, though their departures were staggered to make sure there wasn’t another coming together.

“It's a hot day,” said Hogan. “Guys are competing. Tensions run high but at the end of the day, those guys will shake hands. It’ll be over with…we’re on the same team.”

Former Patriot Lawyer Milloy, long removed from the equation in Foxboro, still took the time to weigh in via Twitter:

"That's just part of the game," linebacker Shea McClellin said. "We're coming out here, banging each other every play, 300-pound guys going out here, hitting each other every play. Tempers are going to flare a little bit. And it's the hottest day we've had so far. Definitely ramped up practice today, but it's going to happen. That's part of the game. Physicality."

McClellin said he's seen Edelman get under guys' skin before: "He always does that," McClellin said with a laugh. "That's part of his game."

"It's gonna be competitive," special teams captain Matthew Slater said. "You get tired, you get hot, things happen. But we gotta remember, we gotta take care of one another. It's a long season and we need everybody, so you saw what that resulted in. [Players getting kicked out of practice for fighting has] been our policy so we all understand that, but sometimes things happen."

Knowing Edelman’s fire and Gilmore’s desire to establish himself as a presence, it’s as good a theory as any. Considering Edelman’s previously intense battles with the other lead corner, Malcolm Butler, it probably would have been something I’d have bet on in Vegas if there were odds for such things.

CSNNE Patriots reporter Phil Perry contributed to this story.


 

BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots advance to AFC title game vs. Jaguars

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots advance to AFC title game vs. Jaguars

0:41 - Tom Curran and Albert Breer discuss some of the big takeaways from the Patriots win over the Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

4:49 - Jalen Ramsey told the fans in Jacksonville that the Jaguars would be going to the Super Bowl. Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith talk about if they have a problem with what Ramsey said and if the Patriots would be using his quote as bulletin board material.

9:25 - Curran, Breer, and Giles discuss Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels likely not returning with the Patriots as Patricia seems to be headed towards the Lions while McDaniels goes to the Colts.

14:06 - Michael Hurley joins BST to preview the Jaguars/Patriots matchup and discuss the Patriots schedule and road to the Super Bowl. 

Patriots react to Ramsey's guarantee: He should be confident

Patriots react to Ramsey's guarantee: He should be confident

FOXBORO -- Patriots players didn't seem all that bothered by Jalen Ramsey's proclamation that the Jaguars would win the AFC title game and head to Minnesota for the Super Bowl. 

"I ain't got too much to say, but y'all make sure you bring that same energy out here next week and the week after," Ramsey said in Jacksonville following his team's win in Pittsburgh. "We're going to the Super Bowl and we're going to win that (expletive). We're going to win that (expletive)."

Asked about those comments on Monday, Patriots captain Matthew Slater showed no hint of disapproval. 

"Man, that guy’s really good," Slater said. "And he should be confident, because he’s very, very good. The good Lord made that guy, and he said, ‘Let there be corner.’ And there he is. I’d be confident if I were him, as well."

Ramsey was named a First-Team All-Pro for his work on the outside opposite Second-Team All-Pro corner AJ Bouye. They make up arguably the best cornerback duo in football, and Ramsey has already established himself as one of the best at his position despite being just 23 years old and in his second pro season.

"Hey, man, Jalen Ramsey’s a good player," Patriots captain Duron Harmon said. "He talks a lot of trash. That’s part of his game, and you can’t take that away from him. He’s confident. He should be confident in his team. He has a really good football team. The top two AFC teams are left, and he’s a part of one of them.

"His approach to the game is different than ours, but we can’t knock him for it. We know they’re going to come ready to play, and we’ve just got to match their type of physicality and also just their emotion and their readiness to get ready to play."

Ramsey's best work as a trash-talker came eariler this season after he shut down Bengals wideout AJ Green. What he said about the AFC Championship was certainly a step (or several) below that in terms of its intensity, and judging by their reaction Monday, it seems to be a mere blip on the Patriots' radar.

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