New England Patriots

Sep 8, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talks with wide receiver Julian Edelman, wide receiver Josh Gordon, and tight end Ryan Izzo during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was perfectly Bill Belichick following the team’s 33-3 victory over the Steelers when Antonio Brown, the newest Patriot thanks to a reported one-year deal worth $15 million reached on Saturday, came up.

“Yeah, no,” Belichick, who twice successfully shot down questions about Brown throughout his press conference, said the first time he was asked for a comment on Brown. “I’ll talk about the game and the players that are on our team.”

But the players in New England’s room were not as tight-lipped when it came to the superstar wideout.

“It’ll be fun,” Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who received some love on Brown’s Instagram page, said. “He’s an explosive player and we’re happy to have him. The more playmakers you have out there, the better things will go.”

“He’s a great player, obviously everybody knows that,” said Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore. “I’m looking forward to him coming in and doing his job. That’s the main thing.”

“Antonio is Antonio,” Josh Gordon offered. “He’s going to have to figure out his own way, just like everybody else has.”

Some Patriot veterans even had some advice to help the 31-year-old Brown get settled into his new digs.

“Compete every play, trust your teammates,” Gilmore said of his advice to Brown. “We have great teammates, so as long as you trust your teammates and play for your teammates you’ll be okay.”

“We’re all trying to reach our highest potential individually so that we can reach our highest potential collectively. It doesn’t come together just because you say, ‘Oh, all you guys are going to come together,'” Tom Brady acknowledged. “Antonio’s had a lot of production, Demaryius [Thomas] has had a lot of production, Julian’s had a lot of production, Josh has had a lot of production, Phillip had a great game tonight. So, the point is we’ve got a lot of players that are talented and we’ve just got to figure out how to make it all work. We’re going to work hard. It’s a long year.

“It’s the beginning of a long marathon and the NFL’s very competitive and it’s going to be a great challenge, but I think we’re all looking forward to it.”

Brown is expected to officially join the Patriots on Monday.