By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
So! How about the players who are at Gillette Stadium?
Julian Edelman is one of the key players to watch as the Patriots kick off phase three of Organized Team Activities in Foxboro. Thanks to some solid camerawork from WBZ-TV, Edelman was spotted running through some standard drills.
By all accounts, the receiver looked to be running them smoothly and without restrictions. As you can see in the above clip, he ran hard and made hits cuts with no apparent issues while running without a brace on his repaired right knee. For now, he looks fully prepared for training camp after missing the entire 2017 season.
When asked about Edelman’s continued progress in his return, head coach Bill Belichick took a more short-term view of it.
“Our expectations are day to day,” Belichick added. “Like I said, every day is an opportunity individually and as a team to improve and get better and take another step towards the start of the season and that’s what we’re all doing. All of us are in different states, different parts of that process, but wherever we are, we’re all gaining on it.”
According to reports from the sidelines in Foxboro, Edelman participated in about half of Tuesday’s practice before heading to the conditioning field. So the Patriots are clearly still taking their time with Edelman’s continued recovery. But the fact that Edelman was able to run drills at what looked close to full speed, with nothing protecting his knee, is a promising sign for him to be totally back to 100 percent by the start of camp.
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