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Edelman: Joint Practices Helps with “The Brother Syndrome” of Camp

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Working against your own players day after day can become a grind and it’s obviously something the Patriots have been battling with since training camp started.

That’s one of the joys of joint practices, where players get to start working against opposing players from other clubs.  Given the competitive nature of camp and the fact that players on both sides of the ball are battling for jobs, it tends to spark frustration where tempers sometimes flare, adding another layer to the necessary evil that is this time of year.

With the Patriots holding joint sessions against the Texans this week, Julian Edelman talked about it on Tuesday, pointing out that it’s an important part of the process, but he’s thankful to have the opportunity to change things up.

“100 percent, 100 percent,” said Edelman when asked about if it’s irritating working against his own teammates.  “It’s the brother syndrome. You go out and your mom’s not around, you’re with your brother and all day you guys hang out and you guys just end up beating each other up. When you get to go out and play with someone else, it’s a little different.”

“You get to have fun and you take pride on that and you’re actually closer with your brother who is there with you and you work harder together as a family. That’s what the great thing about coming out here to West Virginia really is. We get to see and develop the development of our team away from home. There’s nothing really out here other than beautiful hillsides, this beautiful facility that we get to be on. You get a sense of bonding and you get to learn each other. It’s a cool experience and I look forward to taking advantage of it tomorrow and having another practice.”

The Patriots are currently getting ready for their second preseason game against the Texans this Saturday night at 8pm.


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