Julian Edelman to absorb Tom Brady’s leadership role in 2020
Patriots WR Julian Edelman is set to take on Tom Brady’s leadership role in 2020.
As Tom Brady is busy adjusting to life in Tampa Bay and doing off-season practice with his new Buccaneers teammates, the Patriots are looking to turn the page on a new chapter of success.
The start of the triple MVP leaves a plethora of holes in New England, one of which was filled by the signature of Cam Newton. That being said, it would be pretty foolish to ask the 31-year-old quarterback to step in and take full leadership of a team whose culture he has absolutely no knowledge of.
In our eyes, this is precisely what makes wide receiver Julian Edelman more valuable than ever to the Patriots.
It would be irresponsible to deny the importance of social media interactions these days, and these signs suggest that Edelman is ready to shoulder the burden of becoming the most important leader in the New England dressing room.
Not only does the 34-year-old vet make an indestructible connection to 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham – see how often the latter is in the former’s comments on Instagram – but he’s also taken the time to welcome Newton to Foxborough in a smart tweet. On top of that, he was spotted running routes with the triple Pro Bowler shortly after arriving in Boston last week.
Based on seniority and the fact that he’s one of the few remaining pieces of the ‘Brady era’, it’s up to Edelman to boost the morale of the Patriots’ young receivers and help them get on. the same wavelength with Newton.
There’s no question New England will need Edelman to produce on the pitch, especially after recording 100 receptions for 1,117 yards and six touchdowns in 2019.
However, he will be just as important in the locker room, where he will be seen as a voice of influence, as well as the perfect connection between Newton and his new culture. We’re going to hazard a guess and say he’s up for the challenge.