Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was a guest on NFL Network's Total Access program this evening. The following is a transcript of his appearance (NFL.com video here):
Playing with Tom Brady: "I'll tell you right now, Tom does it all. Watching him orchestrate a drive, or watching him lead the team, it's a thing of beauty. He works his tail off. It's not just football things you learn from him. You learn how to be a professional when you see Tom Brady. How to handle everyday life. How to deal with meetings, deal with the coaches, all that stuff. Tom's an unbelievable guy and he works his tail off for everything he is."
Any surprise of the team drafting QB Ryan Mallett: "For Mallett, I think that's a huge gift. You're going to get to learn from one of the best, you're going to see one of the best go out there and do it everyday. That's why Brian Hoyer is so good. He sits in Tom's back pocket and watches him and hopefully Mallett can do the same thing, that he can develop and won't have to be rushed into anything."
Using more multiple tight end sets in 2010: "We just did something else. All we did was just use different personnel groups. We were running the same plays with just two tight ends. We were fortunate enough draft [Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez]. They both have contributed a great amount to the team in different ways. With those two guys, you have to have them both on the field, and I think our coaches did a pretty good job last year of doing that."
His offseason regimen: "I'm over at [Athletes' Performance Institute] in Carson, [California], working out with a bunch of guys with [trainer] Travelle Gaines. I'm treating it like it's our offseason back in Foxborough, but out here in [Los Angeles]. Staying physically ready for when this thing gets pulled up. Trying to look over notes and my playbook, occasionally talking to guys on the team. I go out there and work out every morning, after that I meet up with some QBs and catch some balls in the afternoon. After that I kind of relax and wait for these guys to get this stuff handled."
Working behind Wes Welker: "Like Brian's done with Tom, I've done with Wes. You just sit back and you watch these guys, and you pick them apart, you see everything they do and you try to add it to your game. I may not be getting all the reps in practice, but I'm getting a lot of mental reps that I'm taking and I'm watching one of the best do it. It's been a huge privilege for me watching this guy do his craft, learning from him, and taking some things from him, and using it to my own game."
Learning to catch punts in his first training camp: "I went to Kent State, so we had more people at our practices with the Patriots than we had at our games, basically. I was a little nervous and I wasn't really accustomed to catching punts yet. I remember -- I don't remember, you have to have a short memory in football -- but I think there may have been a dropped ball here or there."
His future as a punt returner: "I've got a lot of room for improvement, so we'll see next year."
His long hair: "I just haven't cut my hair in a while. It's like a playoff beard, a lockout look. Lockout locks."
On if the Patriots might have an advantage coming out of the lockout: "I don't know about that. I know a lot of our guys are going to be worried about trying to get better themselves. At least that's what I'm doing right now. I wouldn't say there is an advantage because you're not working with your coaches and we're not really together. We had a couple things here and there these last couple years, so we have a lot of stuff to build off of."