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Julian Edelman feels 'terrible' for Josh Gordon after surprising IR news

Julian Edelman feels 'terrible' for Josh Gordon after surprising IR news

Julian Edelman has zero sympathy for his opponents. But when it comes to teammates who were somewhat curiously placed on injured reserve? That's a different story.

The Patriots wide receiver joined WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show" on Friday to react to Wednesday's surprising news that New England had placed Josh Gordon on injured reserve.

"Yeah, it’s definitely tough," Edelman said. "I have been in that situation where you’re put on IR. It's terrible for a guy just because you don’t get to play football with the team this year.

"I feel for him. It’s an unfortunate situation that he had to be put on IR."

Edelman's IR experience was a bit different than Gordon's: He tore his ACL during the 2017 preseason and had no shot of returning that year. Gordon's injury is more minor, according to reports, and Edelman's comments suggest he was as surprised as some of his teammates to hear the news.

Edelman is willing and eager to support Gordon during his recovery, though.

"I wish him the best," Edelman added. "I hope all his rehab and everything goes well. I told him, 'If you need anything, I'm here.' Now, I'm focusing on the Cleveland Browns."

The Patriots indeed are moving ahead with a receiving corps that now includes Mohamed Sanu. And while Edelman clearly misses Gordon, he seems excited about the latest wideout to come through Foxboro.

"He’s a ballplayer, man," Edelman said of Sanu. "He’s played in this league for eight years now. He’s had a lot of production. He’s played in big games, and he can help us. He’s a stud."

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Donald Trump says he'd ask Patriots' Bill Belichick for military advice

Donald Trump says he'd ask Patriots' Bill Belichick for military advice

You wouldn't seek out a military general for tips on NFL roster building, but Donald Trump apparently believes there's some transferrable wisdom between the battlefield and gridiron.

During an interview Tuesday on The Hugh Hewitt Show, President Trump was asked whether he believes Bill Belichick has a better chance of winning a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots this year than Tom Brady does with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Trump responded with a diplomatic answer -- that included some eye-opening praise for Belichick.

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"I think they’re both going to do great. They’re both friends of mine," Trump told Hewitt. "I’ll tell you, Belichick is an incredible coach, and I think he’s going to do really well. This guy just knows how to win. And he’s a very good friend of mine. He’s a winner.

"You know, if I ever had a military battle, I’d call up Belichick and say, 'What do you think? ... Give me a couple of ideas.' And he'd be as good as any general out there."

Belichick is a master strategist who relies on knowledge, adaptability and thorough preparation to put the Patriots in the best position to succeed. Those are all qualities of a successful military general, and perhaps Belichick could have been one in another life.

Alas, Belichick is a football coach with zero military credentials (aside from his father coaching at Navy), so we're not sure he's the best person to call about battle strategy.

Trump has touted his friendship with Belichick and Brady over the years, reading a letter of support from the Patriots coach on the eve of his election in 2016 and bringing up the former Patriots quarterback in various public appearances.

The President clearly still enjoys referencing both Patriots icons, even if his understanding of Belichick's talents is a bit off.

Tom Brady shared this sage advice with Titans' A.J. Brown last season

Tom Brady shared this sage advice with Titans' A.J. Brown last season

When the GOAT speaks, you listen, especially when you're a rookie in your first NFL training camp.

That's what Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown did when he crossed paths with then-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during Tennessee's joint practices with New England last summer.

According to Brown, the 43-year-old quarterback imparted some valuable wisdom on the second-round draft pick -- the best advice Brown has received as a pro -- at one of those practices.

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"He told me: Work on the things you know you need improvement on, so you won't have no weakness," Brown said Monday in a video conference with reporters, via Titans.com.

"Everybody works hard, but everybody knows what their weakness is. Work on your weakness so you have no weakness."

That's sound advice from Brady, whose relentless drive to eliminate his own weaknesses helped him win six Super Bowl titles with the Patriots over 20 seasons before leaving for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason.

It appears Brown took Brady's advice to heart, too: The 23-year-old has been working to improve his conditioning after noticing on film that he looked fatigued during the fourth quarter of games as a rookie, which he believes may have given away some of his routes.

"(I have to) make sure my pad level is the same all the way through the whole route," Brown said. "Just not putting on your turn signal before you turn."

Brown was the only rookie wide receiver to top 1,000 receiving yards last season -- 1,051 yards on 52 catches with eight touchdowns -- so the Ole Miss product could become an elite NFL wideout if he takes another step forward in 2020.

Brady has helped plenty of Patriots wideouts over the years, but he's also been a font of wisdom for other budding NFL stars -- and you can add Brown to that list.

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