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Patriots' Julian Edelman 'looks forward to' playing with Antonio Brown

Patriots' Julian Edelman 'looks forward to' playing with Antonio Brown

Despite the allegations against New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown, his new teammates are excited about taking the field with him.

Julian Edelman, in particular, is ecstatic to have a player of Brown's caliber join the squad. Brown brings another element to the Patriots' offense, and Edelman discussed his feelings about his colleague in an interview on WEEI's "Greg Hill Morning Show."

"Coach is going to do what is best for the team, what he feels is best for the team," said Edelman according to WEEI's Rob Bradford. "Adding Antonio, he feels that’s best for our team. Quite frankly, he’s a really good football player. He works his tail off. He practiced this week. I think with a player like him, a player of his caliber, he’s going to raise the bar and raise the intensity of practice because he’s so good for other guys to see. He’s a really good football player and I look forward to playing with him."

Following practice, Edelman spoke candidly about Brown, and it sounds like a new bromance is imminent. 

"I think he's doing well. I mean, the dude's an absolute stud," Edelman told reporters. "He's a really good football player, and I think he raises the level for everyone out there because of how good of a player he is and how hard he works."

Even with all the noise surrounding his teammate, the Patriots wide receiver continued saying nothing has been different this week -- the team is focused on their upcoming opponent, the Miami Dolphins. 

"It ultimately comes down to playing football. The teams that can focus on that the best and focus on their preparation for their opponents, which is what it’s been all week, it’s been on the Miami Dolphins. We have lost to this team a lot. Adding other pieces is part of it. It’s not the first time we’ve added someone after the first week. It’s not the last time we’ll do it, either. We have a really phenomenal football player that can come in and can help our football team be better."

Hopefully the team, as a whole, is staying focused ahead of their matchup with the Dolphins. The Patriots haven't won a game in Miami since 2016, and are 1-5 against the Fins through their last six meetings.

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Bill Belichick tells media to ask Robert Kraft about Antonio Brown apology

Bill Belichick tells media to ask Robert Kraft about Antonio Brown apology

One of Bill Belichick's cardinal press conference rules is that he only talks about players who are in the building.

So, it's no surprise he swatted away a question about one of his former employees Wednesday.

The Patriots head coach was asked about former New England wide receiver Antonio Brown apologizing to team owner Robert Kraft on social media Tuesday and quickly deferred to his boss.

"You'd have to talk to Robert about that," Belichick said.

"I mean, every week you guys ask me about a player who's not on our team, and every week it's going to be the same answer."

Brown was on the Patriots for about two weeks before New England released him amid allegations of rape, sexual assault and sexual misconduct.

Brown's conduct as those allegations came out reportedly "enraged" Kraft and may have been the last straw for the Patriots in releasing him.

Considering Brown directed his apology at Kraft, the Patriots owner may in fact be the best person to ask about the 30-year-old free agent, who is under NFL investigation but reportedly is hopeful he'll be cleared to play later this season.

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Patriots punter Jake Bailey wins AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after great performance

Patriots punter Jake Bailey wins AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after great performance

New England Patriots punter Jake Bailey might be the most impressive rookie from the team's 2019 NFL Draft class. 

The NFL announced Wednesday that Bailey is the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week winner for Week 12. He also won this award after the Patriots' Week 3 win over the New York Jets.

Bailey put on a punting clinic in New England's 17-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. The Stanford product had six punts inside the 20-yard line and five punts that went over 50 yards. His punts helped the Patriots win the field position battle and forced the Eagles to go on long scoring drives. Bailey's kicks were among the primary factors in the Patriots holding the Eagles scoreless through the final three quarters.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick praised Bailey's ability to pin the Eagles deep in their own territory amid the difficult kicking conditions in Philly.

“Yeah. I’d say at Stanford, not a lot of tough conditions out there – out there playing Arizona State and Arizona and UCLA and all. But he’s had a lot of, I would say, challenging conditions out here – both in the spring, and then as we’ve gone through the regular season," Belichick told reporters after Sunday's victory. "This year there have been days out there where it’s been cold, rainy, windy and I think he learned something every day. There’s cross winds and there’s winds in your face and it’s kicking with the wind and all that. There’s challenges in every one of them. If you’re kicking with the wind, that’s an advantage to the punter, but handling the snap, which is coming back into the wind, wobbles and things like that. It’s a little tougher snap for the snapper.

"He’s done a good job of, I would say, adapting to the conditions. He’s still got a long way to go. I’m sure he’ll learn a lot more as the season goes along, but between the holding, the kickoffs and the punting in various conditions and certainly situational football, which came up today. You know, the end-of-the-game punts and backed-up punts and plus 50-punts and the kickoffs and so forth. There were a lot of situations. But he’s a great kid. He works hard. He’s really played well for us this entire season and he’s been so valuable to this team and he proved it out there today. I wish he could have recovered that fumble, but he’s been great for us.”

Belichick doesn't often give that level of praise to a rookie, but it's certainly warranted in Bailey's case. He's been a tremendous asset to the Patriots not only as a punter, but also as the holder on field goals and player handling kickoff duties. That's the kind of versatility Belichick values so much.

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