DeAngelo Williams does not care about the Patriots' problems. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DeAngelo Williams does not care about the Patriots’ problems. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams doesn’t care who is under center for the Patriots for the first four games of the season.

“I am glad they got problems. I don’t care,” Williams told TribLive when he was asked for his thoughts on what the Patriots are going to do during Tom Brady’s four-game ban. “Everybody has their problems, and I’m glad they have theirs.

“I don’t know why everybody thinks that affects us,” Williams added. “We don’t care. You think [Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger] wants to beat a [Tom] Brady-less team? That proves nothing to him.”

Williams has been an outspoken critic of New England for several years, with one school of thought saying that it goes back to the Patriots’ decision to pass on him in favor of Laurence Maroney in the 2006 draft.

For what it’s worth, Brady is expected to be back at quarterback when the Patriots travel to Pittsburgh to meet Williams and the Steelers on Oct. 23.

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Christopher Price

One of the biggest question marks entering Patriots training camp next week will be if wide receiver Julian Edelman will be on the field.

Julian Edelman is itching to get back on the football field. (WEEI.com photo)

Julian Edelman is itching to get back on the football field. (WEEI.com photo)

One of the biggest question marks entering Patriots training camp next week will be if wide receiver Julian Edelman will be on the field.

The wide out had offseason foot surgery after breaking his foot during the year, but did return for the postseason possibly doing more damage to the foot.

Edelman didn’t specifically address his foot, but sounded like a player who has been working hard in the offseason and is ready to get back out on the field with less than a week left in his offseason.

“You enjoy it, but you have the itch to get back,” Edelman said at Fenway Park Wednesday where he took batting practice, including hitting several homers over the Green Monster. “It’s not like you haven’t been doing anything. You’ve been training and get your body and yourself in football shape. That’s kind of where my focus has been.”

Edelman was asked about Tom Brady and him missing the first four games, but he didn’t want to get into it.

“I’m not here to talk about that, I am here to enjoy America’s pastime,” he said.

The Patriots’ first official training camp practice is July 28.

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Ryan Hannable
Julian Edelman is itching to get back on the football field. (WEEI.com photo)

Julian Edelman is itching to get back on the football field. (WEEI.com photo)

One of the biggest question marks entering Patriots training camp next week will be if wide receiver Julian Edelman will be on the field.

The wide out had offseason foot surgery after breaking his foot during the year, but did return for the postseason possibly doing more damage to the foot.

Edelman didn’t specifically address his foot, but sounded like a player who has been working hard in the offseason and is ready to get back out on the field with less than a week left in his offseason.

“You enjoy it, but you have the itch to get back,” Edelman said at Fenway Park Wednesday where he took batting practice, including hitting several homers over the Green Monster. “It’s not like you haven’t been doing anything. You’ve been training and get your body and yourself in football shape. That’s kind of where my focus has been.”

Edelman was asked about Tom Brady and him missing the first four games, but he didn’t want to get into it.

“I’m not here to talk about that, I am here to enjoy America’s pastime,” he said.

The Patriots’ first official training camp practice is July 28.

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Ryan Hannable

Here is proof Julian Edelman did hit a home run pic.twitter.com/5B1dfoLRQS

— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) July 20, 2016

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was at Fenway Park on Wednesday and took batting practice on the field where he was able to hit several balls over the Green Monster.

“I don’t know, I couldn’t count,” Edelman said. “Six or seven. I think seven.”

Edelman was asked what he was thinking when looking out at the Monster from home plate.

“Taking it down,” he said. “I don’t know. It’s all fun. I played baseball growing up and to get to come out to a big league park and see these guys it puts in perspective how good these guys are. These guys are studs.”

He got advice from longtime friend, Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield, who actually worked Edelman out in Toronto when he was with the Blue Jays. Bench coach Torey Lovullo also gave encouragement from behind the cage.

The wide receiver grew up a Giants fan, but said he’s now a Red Sox fan. He added it will be cool to get to see the teams on opposite coasts and leagues face off.

“I was a Giants fan growing up, Sox fan now,” Edelman said. “This is my NL team. It’s going to be cool to stay here and watch the game. You never really see East Coast versus West Coast like this. It’s going to be a fun game to watch.”

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots are the second-most valuable NFL team at $3.2 billion, trailing only the Cowboys, according to Forbes.

The Patriots are the second-most valuable NFL team at $3.2 billion, trailing only the Cowboys, according to Forbes.

Overall, New England is ranked as the sixth-most valuable professional sports franchise. Dallas is first at $4 billion, while Real Madrid ($3.65 billion), Barcelona ($3.55 billion), the New York Yankees ($3.4 billion) and Manchester United ($3.32 billion) round out the top 5.

This year, NFL franchises comprise 27 of the top 50, and with the Cowboys on top, it’s the first time a non-soccer club has been ranked No. 1 since 2011.

Per Forbes, this marks the third straight year the Patriots have been second in the NFL list to the Cowboys. Last year, Forbes listed New England as the third-most valuable sports franchise on the planet behind Dallas and Real Madrid.

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Christopher Price

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were among the top five best-selling NFL jerseys over the last three months.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were among the top five best-selling NFL jerseys over the last three months.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Brady was second, trailing only rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys. Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton were third and fourth, while Gronkowski finished fifth overall.

The totals are based on sales from April 1-June 30 on NFLShop.com, the league’s official online site.

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Christopher Price