What do you do after your quarterback and best friend leaves you after 11 seasons together to join another team?
You start training with his replacement.
That's apparently what New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is doing with Jarrett Stidham following Tom Brady's departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this spring.
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Stidham, the Patriots' expected starter at QB in 2020, posted an Instagram story Wednesday reacting to Milwaukee Brewers utility man (and former Boston Red Sox fan favorite) Brock Holt, who tagged Edelman and Stidham in his own Instagram story while catching passes from a friend on a baseball field.
Jarrett Stidham. Julian Edelman. A connection the Patriots hope blossoms in 2020.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) June 4, 2020
(via Jarrett Stidham Instagram). pic.twitter.com/LCaRQqj061
Holt wrote, "I'm here if you need me @jarrett_stidham8" in his initial post while jokingly comparing his hands to Edelman's.
Stidham's reply: "We've been at it.. Where you at bro?!"
Is Stidham referring to himself and Edelman as "we" and suggesting they've been working out together (aka "been at it") this offseason, then jokingly inviting Holt to join them?
That appears to be the case, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss, who noted that Stidham and Edelman are both in Massachusetts and have been meeting up regularly.
Hi REER. Thank you for the kind words. Stidham and Edelman seeing each other almost every day. Both in Massachusetts.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) June 4, 2020
That's not ground-breaking news -- Brady has been running drills with his Bucs teammates for weeks -- but it's still notable considering Massachusetts has stricter social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic than some other states, which has limited Patriots' players ability to meet in person.
It's also a good sign to see New England's No. 1 receiver getting on-field work with Stidham, who appears locked in as the team's starting QB for 2020.
Brady's departure arguably impacted Edelman more than any other Patriot: The 34-year-old caught 100 passes from Brady in 2019 for a career-high 1,117 receiving yards and was the QB's clear favorite target.
But Edelman apparently isn't sulking over Brady's absence as he puts in work with New England's new QB1.