The New England Patriots have lost their two longest-tenured players, quarterback Tom Brady and kicker Stephen Gostkowski, over the past week. Several other veteran players also have departed New England through free agency or trades since last Monday.
Edelman took to Instagram on Tuesday to deliver a simple message: Foxborough forever.
A post shared by Julian Edelman (@edelman11) on Mar 24, 2020 at 11:33am PDT
If that wasn't enough to fire up Patriots fans, Jarrett Stidham's reply to Edelman's post might do it.
Stidham is the leading candidate to start at quarterback for the Patriots next season following Brady's decision to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. The former Auburn quarterback was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and he showed a lot of potential in last year's training camp and preseason.
Edelman was Brady's most trusted target, especially late in games and on pivotal third downs. The veteran wideout's reliability in all areas of the field should be a huge benefit to Stidham as he tries to establish himself as a quality starting quarterback.