As campers whizzed around the field in a sea of white shirts, Julian Edelman stood at the 50-yard line dressed in a red hat and T-shirt.
While he served as signal caller for the day at his youth football camp, the Patriots wide receiver was less eager to talk about the guys that will be wearing the red non-contact jerseys when training camp opens later this month.
Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo will both be under center this summer, but at the preseason’s conclusion, Brady will be banished for a month while Garoppolo takes the reins at quarterback.
Brady is set to serve a four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate. After a lengthy battle with the NFL in federal court, Brady reluctantly dropped his appeal on Friday. From the end of the preseason until October 3, he will not be allowed to have any contact with the Patriots.
Edelman declined comment on Brady’s situation.
OK, so how’s he feeling about life with Garoppolo?
“I don’t know how that’s going to turn out. We’ll see how that goes,” he said at the Citi Julian Edelman Football Clinic. “But I’m looking forward to getting back and seeing all my teammates and forming the team.”
Whether he’ll be on the field with those teammates when training camp starts remains to be seen. Edelman is still recovering from a Jones fracture in his left foot, and was unsure when he’ll be cleared to play.
He did say things are trending in the right direction.
Edelman broke his foot last November in a game against the Giants, and the injury cost him the remainder of the regular season. He’s had a pair of surgeries, one last fall and one this offseason, and is hoping to return quickly.
Edelman’s rise to prominence has been an unorthodox and unexpected one. As a seventh-round draft pick in 2009, Edelman swapped from quarterback to wide receiver and beat the odds to earn a spot on the Patriots 53-man roster. Seven years later, he’s a Super Bowl champion and a bona fide No. 1 receiver.
As he took a break at yesterday’s camp, Edelman took a step back and surveyed the field.