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Dec 15, 2019; Cincinnati, OH: New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman warms up prior to a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

As I so eloquently put it on the newest episode of the Sports Hub Sidelines podcast with Ty Anderson, the 2020 New England Patriots “still have f***in’ good players.”

One of those good players is Julian Edelman. People with eyes and functioning cerebrums agree that he has become one of the best wide receivers in the National Football League. To invoke the words of Bill Belichick, “We’ll see how it goes” with quarterback Jarrett Stidham. But his own comments suggest that he’s been putting in overtime with the Patriots’ No. 1 skill player.

Funnily enough it started on the Instagram page for former Red Sox infielder Brock Holt, who is now with the Milwaukee Brewers. Go check it out because the screenshot doesn’t do it justice, but it shows Holt looking like a real receiver as he runs a route and makes a nice snag. Stidham re-shared the clip on his own Instagram story, saying on him and Edelman: “We’ve been at it.. Where you at bro?!”

Jarrett Stidham has been putting in work with Patriots receiver Julian Edelman. (@jarrett_stidham8/Instagram)

Jarrett Stidham has been putting in work with Patriots receiver Julian Edelman. (@jarrett_stidham8/Instagram)

Shockingly, people are bickering on social media over who Stidham is referring to in his post. ESPN’s Mike Reiss said on Twitter that he’s throwing to Holt and saying Edelman is the one he’s been working with lately. Doubtful that Stidham would call out a teammate like that when he hasn’t even earned the job yet and Reiss is one of the best in the business, so I’m gonna go ahead and assume Edelman and Stidham have been working together. (UPDATE: Reiss says Edelman and Stidham are seeing each other almost every day in Massachusetts. And that’s why you believe the top reporter over the random Twitter person.)

Even in a down year for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense in 2019, Edelman set career highs with 100 catches and 1,117 receiving yards as by far the team’s best receiving option. He will likely be that top option once again in 2020, and if he’s not that would mean N’Keal Harry took a big step forward.

We’ll see how much Edelman has left after all he’s sacrificed to win the Patriots a few Super Bowls. But he’s certainly not going to serve the “He’s pouting” straw man so easily.

Imagine Stidham’s good. The tears would be be delectable.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.