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Julian Edelman critical of play so far: 'I don’t have football legs and it’s evident'

Ryan Hannable
August 03, 2018 - 1:32 pm

FOXBORO -- One of the things that occurs almost every training camp is Julian Edelman making opposing cornerbacks look silly in 1-on-1 drills.

While Edelman hasn't been bad, we haven't seen what we usually see out of him at this point and that is because the receiver is coming back from tearing his ACL last preseason.

Speaking after practice Friday, Edelman acknowledged he isn't where he wants to be.

"It’s been a grind," he said. "Honestly just trying to get your legs to – you’re compounding day after day after day after day. When you’re working in the offseason, you may put three together – I think we’re on what, eight today? So you’re always trying to go out and get better and I have to do a lot better. I feel like I got to get my legs under me a lot more. I don’t have my camp legs, I don’t have football legs and it’s evident out there. You get tired, you create bad habits, you don’t run your routes right and you get yelled at in meetings for it. I’m expecting to do that because I got to pick it up. I wasn’t as good as I want to be today and feeling that’s because I’m not in the best shape right now."

As for what he can do? It's just working harder.

"You just keep on going out and you grind," Edelman said. "You keep on when you’re tired, when you don’t feel well. You got to be able to perform when things aren’t going great and that’s what this does. That’s what eight days in a row does and that’s what going out in training camp – there’s no light at the end of the tunnel right now. You got to go out and embrace it and take advantage of each day."

Edelman is looking forward to the preseason games to really test his knee and see where he's at.

"Definitely," he said. "You know, when it comes, it comes, but ultimately I’m more anxious to see how I feel tomorrow and what I can do and go from there."

While Edelman will play in the preseason, he's suspended for the first four games.

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