Edelman might talk more trash in practice than he does in games

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Edelman might talk more trash in practice than he does in games

FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman's mouth seems to get as much of a workout as his legs do on game days.

Multiple times a game, it seems, the Patriots receiver can be seen jawing with someone in opposing colors -- players or coaches. In Week 16 he bumped into a Jets staffer on the visitor's sideline at Gillette Stadium. In Week 17, he was called for an unsportsmanlike penalty after trying to head-butt a Dolphins defensive back. 

As fiery as Edelman can be on Sundays, he might be even more on edge in practice, according to Patriots corner Logan Ryan. 

"Practice might be worse because there’s no refs out there," Ryan said. "Practice gets a little crazy."

In training camp, when members of the media are allowed to watch entire Patriots on-the-field workouts, it not uncommon to see Edelman going all-out when matched up against someone like Ryan or Malcolm Butler or Patrick Chung. Ryan explained that those types of battles extend into the rest of the year. 

Particularly when Edelman is involved.

"Julian’s a guy who’s never going to give up, and he’s the ultimate competitor. It’s not about trash talk. It’s just how he plays. He might spin the ball on top of you or something . . . He’s just real disrespectful at times," Ryan joked. "Probably more disrespectful than some of the other ones. I’m happy he’s on my team."

"Does he say that? We have fun," Edelman acknowledged when reporters informed him of Ryan's comments. "Don’t let him say that he doesn’t do anything if thinks he gets a ball or knocks a ball down. Nah, it’s all fun and games out there. Going out and getting to compete against Logan, Malc, [Eric] Rowe, [Jonathan] Jones, [Devin] McCourty, [Duron Harmon]. All those guys. 

"It’s a competitive environment and iron sharpens iron, so it’s fun to go out there and compete with them."

Edelman finished with a career-high 1,106 yards this season after playing in all 16 regular-season games for the second time in his career (2013). 

Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

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Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room. 

"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."

Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.

During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday. 

As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.

PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

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PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court. 

After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of MMQB.com on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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