Patriots welcome Julian Edelman back

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As Mike Reiss of ESPN put it, there was “a squirrel sighting at Gillette Stadium” yesterday.

Julian Edelman is officially back and getting ready to go for Week 5 action, as the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts will face off on Thursday Night Football this week.

Edelman’s presence was not only missed on the field but within the locker room as well. Speaking to reporters on Monday, the wide receiver’s fellow teammates had nothing but good things to say about him.

“It wasn’t the same without him; in the locker room especially,” said veteran corner Stephon Gilmore.

“Julian’s a great guy… He’s a great player. Everything he does on the field is good,” Cordarrelle Patterson said. “It helps everybody on the field.”

Quarterback Tom Brady added that he hasn’t changed a bit. And like Brady, Matthew Slater has been in New England for all of Edelman’s career. Slater spoke on their unique relationship.

“I love that guy and am glad he’s back. Looking forward to attacking the week with him,” Slater said. “He’s a key cog in what we do here, he’s a true Patriot and he’s really unique in the person that he is, the man that he is, obviously the player that he is. So we’re all excited to have him back.”

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