As the Patriots begin their first season of play since 1999 without Tom Brady, the veteran wide receiver has a few things to prove. According to Michael Giardi of NFL Network, Edelman has not only been a regular at throwing sessions — he's absolutely pissed that pundits think the Patriots won't be good. To top it all off, he's peeved that people believe he's a product of Brady.
Asked one #Patriot about Julian Edelman's mindset this season. JE's been a regular at throwing sessions. "Julian is Julian. He hates excuses. He hates to lose. He's already got the red ass about this season. People thinking we're no good and (that) he's just a product of Brady."
— Mike Giardi (@MikeGiardi) June 8, 2020
Edelman entered the NFL in 2009. Considering Brady had been New England's starter for every game with the exception of a four-game span during the 2016 season, that means Edelman has never caught passes from another quarterback for a prolonged period of time.
Over the course of his 11-season career, the undersized Edelman has emerged as one of the most consistent receivers in the NFL. Despite never earning a Pro Bowl or an All-Pro honor during his career, he has developed into the Patriots' most dependable weapon. The 5-foot-10 receiver has averaged 94 receptions for 1,020 yards in five full seasons since the 2013 campaign.
However, the Patriots will enter unchartered territory this season. That would be due to the fact that New England will not only enter the season without Brady — they'll likely do so with second-year man Jarrett Stidham. The 23-year-old quarterback has zero starts to his name and just four passes to his credentials.
If there ever was a time for Edelman to prove he's not a product of Brady's greatness, now would be that time. The Patriots will look to clinch their 12th consecutive postseason berth and division title during the 2020 season.