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). 

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For all the questions that surrounded the top quarterbacks in the 2017 draft, an early run on signal-callers still occurred. The Browns sat it out -- even facilitating another team’s selection of a QB -- yet Jimmy Garoppolo stayed put. 

Garoppolo not being traded ahead of or during the first round should not have come as a surprise; Adam Schefter has insisted throughout the offseason that the Patriots would not trade him for anything. Yet for the prices that were paid for QBs Thursday night, it’s still fascinating to think of what New England could have gotten for their backup. 

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The madness started nearly immediately. After Cleveland took Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett to open the draft, the Bears moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 -- trading third-and-fourth-round picks this year and a third next season to San Francisco -- to take UNC’s Mitchell Trubisky. 

At No. 10, it was the Chiefs moving up to the Bills’ spot, going all the way from No. 27 and giving up next year’s first as part of a package to secure Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Two picks later, the Browns were on the clock with Deshaun Watson still on the board, but they opted to trade the pick to Houston, who gave Cleveland the 25th overall pick this year and their first-rounder next year before selecting the Clemson star. 

The Browns, who have long been viewed as a logical potential destination for Garoppolo, made two more picks in the first round, choosing Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers 25th and trading back into the first round to make Miami tight end David Njoku their third first-round pick of the night at 29th overall. 

While the Browns obviously spent plenty of draft capital Thursday, they still have not addressed the quarterback position beyond Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan and trade acquisition (that’s a nice way of putting it; a more honest would be “salary dump acquisition”) Brock Osweiler. 

That leads Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot to believe that the Browns will still try to swing a trade for Garoppolo, who is entering the final year of his four-year rookie deal. Cabot writes that the Browns will “likely make a pitch for the Patriots backup,” though she too notes Scheffer’s insistence that Garoppolo isn’t going anywhere. The Browns now have two firsts and three seconds in 2018. 

The Patriots still aren’t slated to pick until the third round on Friday, when they’ll be on the clock with the 72nd overall pick.