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Julian Edelman reveals when he earned Tom Brady's trust

Julian Edelman reveals when he earned Tom Brady's trust

Julian Edelman's chemistry with Tom Brady is unparalleled, but it's a chemistry that took years to build.

After joining the Patriots in 2009, it took Edelman four seasons to become one of Brady's most trusted targets. The QB-turned-wide receiver finally broke out in 2013 for 105 receptions, 1,056 yards and three touchdowns, and the rest is history.

Promoting his upcoming documentary “100%: Julian Edelman,” the three-time Super Bowl champion explained to SiriusXM's Jim Miller when he earned Brady's trust.

"I didn't just go in and gain that trust," Edelman told Miller. "I moved out to Los Angeles in the offseason because I heard that [Brady] would throw with receivers out there. Once I heard that, I told my agent, 'hey, give me a Residence Inn, give me a car, let's go out there and tell Brady I'm out there, and if he needs anyone to throw to, I'm there.'

"That year, he called me one time. And so, you know, I was like 'well, that was still something.' Then I did it again the next year and he called me a couple more times, and then by year three, we're throwing three or four times a week. And with that, that was the most valuable part, that offseason time together because he was learning my body mechanics and more importantly I was learning what he wanted and how he wanted it ... I think that's when the trust, and that's when the confidence was built that has helped us over a long, long period of time."

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Edelman's documentary -- which you can watch the trailer for here -- will premiere Friday on Showtime.

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Wes Welker wasn't a fan of Tom Brady's hat choice on Thursday

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Wes Welker wasn't a fan of Tom Brady's hat choice on Thursday

Tom Brady got his first taste of preseason action on Thursday night vs. the Panthers, but the real story was his hat choice.

The Patriots quarterback made a statement with a hat that would make Cam Newton jealous:

Brady clearly thought he rocked the bold look, but his former teammate Wes Welker didn't approve. The ex-wide receiver chimed in on Twitter to remind his Kentucky Derby buddy that derby hats are for one-time use.

Although Welker wasn't a fan, maybe Brady should make the hat a season-long look. He looked nearly as sharp on the field as he did off of it going a solid 8-for-12 with 75 passing yards in his three series.

Look good, play good.

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Eric Reid anticipates a fine for late hit on Patriots tight end Ben Watson

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Eric Reid anticipates a fine for late hit on Patriots tight end Ben Watson

FOXBORO -- Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid says he wasn't trying to hurt Benjamin Watson when he delivered a late hit to the head of the New England Patriots tight end in the first quarter of Thursday night's preseason matchup. Regardless of intent, the hit still knocked Watson out of the game.

"Just trying to stop him from getting a first down," Reid said of the play. "I looked at the replay. Yeah, he was down. We'll see what the league decides to do with it. I anticipate myself getting a fine. But I'm just playing the game."

Reid was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness on the play but remained in the game. He also noted the hit wasn't intentional, and that his head coach, Ron Rivera, confirmed the hit was late.

"I talked to Ron, he told me it was late," Reid said. "I'll look at the film. If Ron said it was late, I believe him."

Reid appeared to say something to Watson after the play. It turns out he was asking the veteran tight end if he was all right.

"I just asked him if he was OK, if he could stand up," Reid explained. "You hate to see somebody get hurt."

Watson called out Reid on Twitter earlier this week, but the Panthers safety said his hit Thursday night had nothing to do with the tight end's critical tweet.

"I didn't even know he tweeted me," Reid said. "That's not even something you process in a game. I'm not analyzing who has the ball in their hand and what they tweeted at me while I'm playing the game."

Reid's hit has no place in the game, especially in the preseason. Thursday's incident also wasn't the first time he's crossed the line. Reid was ejected from a game last November for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the head area, and there are other instances where he went over the line in regards to late contact or hits to the head area.

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