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Julian Edelman may want to heed Tom Brady's latest Instagram demand

Julian Edelman may want to heed Tom Brady's latest Instagram demand

If Julian Edelman knew what was good for him, he'd hop on the next flight out of town.

The New England Patriots wide receiver put out another motivational Instagram post Wednesday, writing "Focus on what’s next. Always." with a #Relentless hashtag as he prepares for his 11th NFL season.

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Focus on what’s next. Always. #Relentless

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Why is this news? Because Patriots quarterback (and pending free agent) Tom Brady replied almost immediately.

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"Get back to the east coast so we can throw," Brady wrote in the comment section, adding a "100" emoji.

Since we have no choice but to dissect Brady's every action between now and March 18, here's what this comment tells us: 1) He's currently living on the East Coast (possibly in New York?) and 2) He still plans on doing his annual offseason throwing sessions with Edelman despite having the option of leaving the Patriots in free agency.

Edelman is very close with Brady and undoubtedly would enjoy having his quarterback of 10 years stay in New England, so perhaps he'll take Brady up on the offer and go run routes for him while convincing the 42-year-old to stay put.

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Patriots WR N'Keal Harry already seems to be embracing the underdog role

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry already seems to be embracing the underdog role

Over the course of the New England Patriots' dynasty, NFL fans learned a valuable lesson: never count the Patriots out.

But with Tom Brady leaving after 20 years to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that has quickly changed. Suddenly, the Pats are perceived as underdogs.

It isn't difficult to see why. The quarterback position now is a real area of concern, and several key contributors from 2019 have departed in free agency.

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Pats wide receiver N'Keal Harry, however, doesn't seem worried. The 2019 first-round pick took to Twitter on Saturday with a message for the doubters.

The 22-year-old certainly isn't lacking in confidence.

If the Patriots are to exceed expectations without Brady, Harry will be counted on to be a focal point in the offense. New England's wide receiver depth chart currently consists of Harry, Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, and Jakobi Meyers. There's also a strong chance the position is addressed again via the draft, which takes place next month.

The real question is who will be throwing the ball to Harry when the 2020 NFL season kicks off. Right now, 2019 fourth-rounder Jarrett Stidham is the odds-on favorite to be Brady's successor.

Harry tallied 12 receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns in seven games during his rookie campaign.

This 2016 Tom Brady interview is tough for Patriots fans to watch now

This 2016 Tom Brady interview is tough for Patriots fans to watch now

We all thought Tom Brady would be a New England Patriot for life, but now that he's a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, it's going to take some getting used to. 

Few could have predicted Brady's stunning falling out with Bill Belichick and the Patriots years ago and it seems especially weird - even poignant - after you watch this 2016 Brady interview with WCVB's Mike Lynch, unearthed by WEEI's Mark Dondero.

Lynch asks Brady a few questions and the replies are pretty shocking in light of what's happened. Asked if he could ever see himself in a uniform other than the Patriots, Brady answers, "I hope not... I never want to go anywhere else."

With Brady saying that four years ago, it shows just how much has happened in the past four years to bring the professional relationship among the quarterback, the coach and owner Robert Kraft to an end. 

"I hope they never want me to go anywhere else, either," Brady says, "but that's the business and I've got to keep doing my job and playing well and hopefully RKK [Kraft] and Bill will find a place for me." 

Mind-boggling.