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Seal named after Julian Edelman released by Mystic Aquarium

Seal named after Julian Edelman released by Mystic Aquarium

Julian Edelman is a three-time Super Bowl champion. He has caught 499 regular season passes for 5,390 yards and 30 touchdowns. He has been named Super Bowl MVP and has added 115 catches for 1,412 yards and five touchdowns in his postseason career.

He also has a seal named after him.

The Mystic Aquarium had a seal named Edelman at their facility, but they recently released him back into the wild with the help of their Animal Rescue Team. Here's footage of the event via the aquarium.

Edelman the seal doesn't quite have the same speed and elusiveness as Edelman the player, but his 40-yard dash to the water was fairly strong.

Edelman, the player, did weigh in on his seal counterpart on Twitter, but he wasn't there for his release.

Perhaps Edelman is putting in some extra offseason work right now. The Patriots have been looking at quite a few receiving weapons ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft, including N'Keal Harry and Miles Boykin, so maybe Edelman is trying to sharpen his game ahead of extra competition arriving.

Believe it or not, this is the second time in the past three years that a seal named after a member of the New England Patriots has been released into the wild. Per Angelique Fiske of Patriots.com, another Mystic Aquarium seal named after Trey Flowers was released back into the wild back in 2017. Flowers was on hand for the release.

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Devin McCourty avoids fine after personal foul penalty for hit against Dolphins

Devin McCourty avoids fine after personal foul penalty for hit against Dolphins

Saturday is the day the NFL usually passes out fines for hits from the previous Sunday. Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree, for example, was hit with a $21,056 bill for his helmet-to-helmet shot to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, though he wasn't penalized on the play. 

Devin McCourty, however, can rest easy. As can his daughter London, 2, and son Brayden 1.

He wasn't fined for his hit on Dolphins receiver Allen Hurns, though he did draw a personal foul flag for lowering the head to initiate contact. 

Initially, the veteran Patriots safety wasn't happy with the call, but then said he told the officials "it was actually a pretty good call once I saw the replay."

McCourty expressed concern a fine might be coming last Sunday in his postgame press conference. "Hopefully the NFL doesn’t fine me. I don’t think it was fine-worthy. I’ve got too many kids for that,” he said with a smile.

McCourty has only drawn one fine in his career. In December 2010, he was fined $10,000 after a hit on a defenseless receiver, Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.  

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Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured James Develin vs Jets

Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured James Develin vs Jets

The Patriots promoted fullback Jakob Johnson off their practice squad Saturday to replace the injured James Develin in Week 3 against the Jets. 

Develin missed all three of the Patriots' practices this week with a neck injury and was listed out on Friday. 

Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Tennessee and former German Football league player, will dress for his first game in the NFL. 

Johnson was originally recruited as a linebacker out of high school, but he made the transition to tight end while with the Volunteers. The Patriots turned him into a fullback, so the 24-year-old has shown a fair share of versatility over the course of his career. 

The Patriots usually find creative ways to utilize Develin in the passing game while sometimes giving him opportunities to punch in touchdowns on the goal line. There's a small chance Johnson gets that chance on Sunday, but who knows since the game will most likely be over by halftime. 

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