Julian Edelman shines during his first full-participation practice

Observations from the Patriots' joint practice with the Bears on Tuesday.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman reaches for a pass during training camp on Tuesday. Elise Amendola/AP

Julian Edelman wasn’t participating fully in drills at Patriots training camp until Tuesday. In his first full practice of 2016, he didn’t disappoint.

On his first snap of 11-on-11 drills, Edelman caught a pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. It was one of many standout moments for the receiver at the Bears-Patriots joint practice in Foxborough.

Edelman started training camp on the physically unable to perform list. He returned to practice on Aug. 7 before leaving practice early on Aug. 9 with an injury scare.

On Tuesday, he used double-moves to elude defenders in 1-on-1 drills. On one matchup, Edelman juked Bears cornerback Tracy Porter off his feet. He grabbed two passes in 1-on-1’s, and recorded eight catches during team drills.


Edelman also seemed to be having fun. The Patriots’ receiver playfully pretended to give the Bears’ Deon Bush a shoulder as he ran into the end zone. Afterward, he laughed, and slapped Bush on the butt.

Edelman got some 1-on-1 work with Brady during a quiet moment while the Bears’ offense worked against the Patriots’ defense.


Notable absences: Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Bolden, Jabaal Sheard, Shea McClellin, Dion Lewis and Sebastian Vollmer.

Participated in warm-ups only: Donald Brown, D.J. Foster, Malcolm Mitchell, Keshawn Martin, Bryce Williams and Rob Ninkovich.

At practice but not participating: Nate Ebner, Danny Amendola and Tre’ Jackson


  • Trey Flowers was wearing a brace on his right arm. Malcolm Mitchell also wore his elbow brace for the second straight day during warmups.
  • For much of training camp, fullback James Develin has gone through position drills with the tight ends, not the running backs.
  • Cyrus Jones and Nate Solder briefly saw trainers, but both returned to the field.
  • Duron Harmon and a Bears player got chippy after a play during punt coverage. Harmon was blocking the Bears player, who served as a gunner.
  • For a second straight day, Martellus Bennett and Lamarr Houston had words with one another.
  • Neither Logan Ryan or Malcolm Butler could keep the ball out of the hands of Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey in 1-on-1’s, 7-on-7’s, and 11-on-11’s. Bears second-year receiver Kevin White also beat Butler twice in 7-on-7’s and once in 1-on-1’s.
  • Akiem Hicks blocked a Brady pass at the line of scrimmage during 11-on-11 drills. Hicks played with the Patriots last season.
  • When they’re not participating in drills, Bears receivers and tight ends are drilling their ball skills with their coaches. The Patriots pass-catchers don’t fill their off time in the same way.
  • At one point during 11-on-11’s, Bill Belichick yelled at the first team defense: “We’ll get someone else in here if you can’t do it right.”
  • Brandon King and Matthew Slater were the starting gunners for punt coverage. Bubble players like Clay Harbor, A.J. Derby and Tyler Gaffney were in the punt protection unit.
  • Kamu Grugier-Hill had a productive rep as a gunner, as he ran down for a tag on the punt coverage. On the same play, Jonathan Jones got bowled over.
  • Slater pummeled Bears punt returner Kieren Duncan. The hit was probably the hardest of the day — and maybe of all of Patriots’ training camp. Afterward, the two players slapped each other’s shoulder pads as a sign of respect.
  • Darryl Roberts seemed to give up as a gunner in punt coverage on one play.
  • Chris Harper got extended work returning punts, including the first reps of the day.

Team drills:


Garoppolo was 5 of 8.

Brady was 7 of 7.


Garoppolo was 4 of 9.

Brady was 5 of 8.


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