Julian Edelman has now had a chance to be on the field with Cam Newton for a few weeks and the quarterback continues to make a good first impression.
The Patriots wide receiver discussed Newton, specifically his confidence, as well as the other quarterbacks during his appearance on The Greg Hill Show Friday.
“He’s definitely a former MVP for a reason," he said. "The guy is a professional. He works his tail off. He’s extremely dynamic and he’s got a charming personality. It’s been fun to be around. He has a confidence about him — all quarterbacks have a confidence, but it’s just a little different with Cam. It’s a vibe that can feel you and get you in a mindset. It’s been fun.
“It’s also been great to see Stid (Jarrett Stidham) come out and develop his personality and what he’s become and Hoy (Brian Hoyer) is such a smart guy that has been in the system for so long. It’s been fun to play with all of them. And (Brian) Lewerke — little Lewerke — it just so happened he told us that he has bloodlines to Isaac Newton. Pretty nuts. We have a couple of Newtons in the quarterbacks room.”
Edelman added: “The competition in that room has been great — all three of those guys and Lewerke. They are all working hard and it’s been a great new energy. It’s fun. It’s something I have never had to deal with, with someone other than who we used to have, but it’s been fun to go out there and play with other guys.”
The Patriots wide receiver also explained how this training camp has been different than others without having a preseason game to look forward to.
“It’s been different for sure, but it is a difference that everyone is experiencing," he said "It’s been a grind because with training camp the first couple of weeks you’re battling against each other, this first couple of weeks (it's) been more of introducing football drills and conditioning. Then you have something to look forward to when you have a preseason game or a joint practice. We haven’t had that, so there’s been a lot of self-competition. It’s just a little different, but it is good to be back on the field and it is good to see people in person because the whole offseason we were virtual. It’s been good to learn your new teammates and it’s an exciting time of the year.”
Edelman is entering his 12th NFL season.