Thursday’s Mashup: Julian Edelman jokingly tries to recruit Zion Williamson to Patriots ahead of NFL Draft

Lucy Burdge
April 24, 2019 - 9:52 pm

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LA Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Miami at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Detroit at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: NY Yankees at LA Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Denver at San Antonio, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: NFL Draft, 8 p.m. (ABC, ESPN, NFL)
NHL: Columbus at Boston, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Dallas at St. Louis, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


-- The NFL Draft takes place on Thursday night and Julian Edelman has an idea for how the Patriots can replace Rob Gronkowski at the tight end position.

Edelman tweeted to Duke college basketball star Zion Williamson on Wednesday with a pitch to switch sports and come play for the Patriots.

"Hey @ZionW32 we’ve got an opening at TE for ya bud. Just sayin,” Edelman tweeted, along with a photoshopped image of Williamson holding a Patriots jersey standing with Robert and Jonathan Kraft.

Tom Brady has also pitched the position to another athlete, as he tweeted during Game 7 between the Bruins and Maple Leafs suggesting Zdeno Chara might be good at tight end.

-- Speaking of Brady, he also topped the NFLPA’s annual player merchandise sales list, which was released on Wednesday.

This is the second straight year Brady has taken the #1 spot and the third time overall.

Dak Prescott came in a No. 2, followed by Carson Wentz at No. 3, Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4 and Patrick Mahomes rounds out the top 5.

The list is based on data from sales between March 1, 2018 and Feb. 28, 2019 and includes merchandise beyond just jerseys.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “One thing I learned a while ago from Tito is that you don’t chase wins, because then it will catch up with you later on. We’re playing 18 or 19 (games) in a row. You’ve got to be smart, because if you push it too hard, you’re going to be chasing your tail the whole week. It’s tough, and it just didn’t work out.” -- Alex Cora, to OMF, on the Red Sox’ slow start