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Does Julian Edelman feel 100 percent following suffering torn ACL last preseason?

Ryan Hannable
July 28, 2018 - 3:57 pm

FOXBORO -- Saturday was a big day for the Patriots being in full pads for the first time this summer, but an even bigger day for Julian Edelman, as it was his first time on the field in full pads since tearing his ACL last preseason. 

Edelman has looked great in his time on the field during the spring and two training camp sessions without pads, and it was the same deal Saturday. He looked great coming out of cuts and going full speed in all drills.

Following the nearly two-hour session, Edelman was asked if he feels 100 percent, and he gave an honest answer.

“It’s too hard to say because this is my fifth day now in a row and there’s things here and there you have to work," he said. "There’s some things that feel great. There’s some things that I need to work and that is why you have training camp. It’s to go out here, and especially for me, to go out and build my fundamentals again. … Building confidence through constant repetition. That is where I am at. I could tell you I feel great right now, but I don’t know how tomorrow feels. That is how it goes. It was a major surgery, we all know that. I am confident in going out to compete. That is the exciting thing about it.” 

Due to his suspension, Edelman will miss the first four games and it appears he has a plan for how he will spend that time away from the facility, but remains focused on training camp now.

“Of course you’re thinking about it, but right now my focus is tomorrow, and today learning from the film, going and critiquing my cuts and critiquing my football ability right now," he said. "It’s been 11 months since I have been able to run, out of surgery. So, I am focused on that and it is good to be back out here — throw the pads on and compete and go out and earn teammates trust and respect. That is what I look forward to doing.”

Edelman, who is 32 years old, is coming off arguably the best year of his career in 2016 when he played in all 16 games and recorded 98 receptions for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns.

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