Julian Edelman catches playing cards to train his hand-eye coordination

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Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has been after it like a savage.

He might have turned 34 years old a month. He can be entering his first professional year without Tom Brady. But do not let anybody tell you that Julian Edelman is not still playing with a complete deck.

That is potentially the most essential offseason the grizzled wide receiver and Super Bowl LIII MVP has confronted, as we will learn in short order this autumn if this guy actually has slowed down. New England Patriots fans hoping for the best, but have a very real reason to feel confident about ol’ No. 11. Look no farther than his newest and also, ummm, unorthodox work out, courtesy of operation adviser Zac Emde.

Julian Edelman analyzing his hand-eye manipulation by grabbing playing cards would be the absolutely eccentric cure for New England Patriots fans’ offseason blues.

Either that guy is as barbarous as ever or he is training to become Gambit from X-Men.

Or both.

Coming off a career high in receiving yards and only his fourth effort that saw him look at most 16 regular season matches, there was cause to think the former Kent State appeared was not teetering on the border of being put out to pasture. Just a tiny confidence, obviously, can go a very long way — particularly when the future behind centre at Gillette Stadium currently rests with unsung Jarrett Stidham or (*gulp*) Brian Hoyer.

Together with the Patriots entering unsure territory for first time in years, the gravity of a continuous, stable presence such as Edelman’s has never been more significant. He will have to be a workhorse regardless of who ends up doing the majority of this gunslinging, therefore his willingness to learn a couple new tricks must please the Foxborough loyal.

So go ahead, choose a card.


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