Julian Edelman and his beard met the media after practice on Thursday. (WEEI.com photo)

Julian Edelman and his beard met the media after practice on Thursday. (WEEI.com photo)

FOXBORO — On Thursday, Julian Edelman proclaimed the Texans “the best team [the Patriots] played all year,” and added that the challenge of playoff football should be enough to get you blood “boiling,” regardless of the opponent.

“Any time you play a team that’s won a playoff game already, it’s most certainly going to be the best team you’ve played thus far,” Edelman said after Thursday’s practice. “It’s going to be a big battle.”

As many of his teammates have done over the course of the week, Edelmam lauded the Houston defense, which was in the top 10 in most major categories over the course of the regular season — despite the fact that it had its collective doors blown off by the Patriots in a 27-0 shellacking in Foxboro in Week Three.

“You’ve got to prepare like you’re playing a new team, which we pretty much are. When a team is going through September, it’s usually a team trying to find its identity. Around the league, everyone is trying to find where they’re at,” said Edelman, who had four catches for 38 yards in that win.

“They’re definitely a challenging defense,” he added. “It’s one of those things where we have another day to prepare, which we’re going to do, and take advantage of that day to go out and play our best football on [Saturday].”

Edelman took a pass when asked about the possibility of him tying Wes Welker for most career postseason receptions in franchise history. (He has 68, and Welker had 69 in his playoff career with the Patriots.) But he acknowledged that when it comes to football, the postseason is a totally different animal.

“If your blood doesn’t get boiling for something like this, you’re in the wrong profession,” Edelman said of the anticipation that comes with the postseason opener. “You’re definitely excited, but at least I try to keep calm, stay focused and let my energy save up for [Saturday]. I’m definitely excited, but I’m definitely focused on having another day to go over, tighten everything up and get ready to go in and play a very good football team.

“Once you get out there it’s definitely a different speed, guys are playing hard, there’s nothing to lose,” he said. “No game is guaranteed. It’s full-throttle, so that’s kind of what you expect going into these kinds of games.”

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Christopher Price
Julian Edelman and his beard met the media after practice on Thursday. (WEEI.com photo)

Julian Edelman and his beard met the media after practice on Thursday. (WEEI.com photo)

FOXBORO — On Thursday, Julian Edelman said the Texans “will be the best team [the Patriots] played all year,” and added that the challenge of playoff football should be enough to get you blood “boiling,” regardless of the opponent.

“Any time you play a team that’s won a playoff game already, it’s most certainly going to be the best team you’ve played thus far,” Edelman said after Thursday’s practice. “It’s going to be a big battle.”

As many of his teammates have done over the course of the week, Edelmam lauded the Houston defense, which was in the top 10 in most major categories over the course of the regular season — despite the fact that it had its collective doors blown off by the Patriots in a 27-0 shellacking in Foxboro in Week Three.

“You’ve got to prepare like you’re playing a new team, which we pretty much are. When a team is going through September, it’s usually a team trying to find its identity. Around the league, everyone is trying to find where they’re at,” said Edelman, who had four catches for 38 yards in that win.

“They’re definitely a challenging defense,” he added. “It’s one of those things where we have another day to prepare, which we’re going to do, and take advantage of that day to go out and play our best football on [Saturday].”

Edelman took a pass when asked about the possibility of him tying Wes Welker for most career postseason receptions in franchise history. (He has 68, and Welker had 69 in his playoff career with the Patriots.) But he acknowledged that when it comes to football, the postseason is a totally different animal.

“If your blood doesn’t get boiling for something like this, you’re in the wrong profession,” Edelman said of the anticipation that comes with the postseason opener. “You’re definitely excited, but at least I try to keep calm, stay focused and let my energy save up for [Saturday]. I’m definitely excited, but I’m definitely focused on having another day to go over, tighten everything up and get ready to go in and play a very good football team.

“Once you get out there it’s definitely a different speed, guys are playing hard, there’s nothing to lose,” he said. “No game is guaranteed. It’s full-throttle, so that’s kind of what you expect going into these kinds of games.”

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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — Last year the Patriots had 17 players on the injury report going into their divisional round game against the Chiefs. This year they have three.

The team removed Tom Brady, Matthew Slater and Cyrus Jones from Thursday’s injury report after being full participants on Wednesday leaving just three players left.

Tom Brady was removed from the injury report Thursday. (WEEI.com)

Tom Brady was removed from the injury report Thursday. (WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Last year the Patriots had 17 players on the injury report going into their divisional round game against the Chiefs. This year they have three.

The team removed Tom Brady, Matthew Slater and Cyrus Jones from Thursday’s injury report after being full participants on Wednesday leaving just three players left.

LeGarrette Blount missed practice for a second straight day with an illness. Receiver Malcolm Mitchell was limited with a knee injury, while Danny Amendola (ankle) practiced fully.

Game designations will come out Friday afternoon leading into Saturday’s Patriots-Texans matchup at Gillette Stadium.

Here is the complete injury report.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

RB LeGarrette Blount (illness)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION

WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Josh McDaniels interviewed with three teams last Saturday — the Jaguars, Rams and 49ers.

Now, almost a week later, only one job is still available.

After the Jaguars hired Doug Marrone earlier in the week, the Rams have hired Sean McVay as their new head coach, per multiple reports.

Josh McDaniels is down to the 49ers or returning to New England. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Josh McDaniels is down to the 49ers or returning to New England. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Josh McDaniels interviewed with three teams last Saturday — the Jaguars, Rams and 49ers.

Now, almost a week later, only one job is still available.

After the Jaguars hired Doug Marrone earlier in the week, the Rams have hired Sean McVay as their new head coach, per multiple reports.

McVay was the Redskins offensive coordinator and at 30 years old he will be the youngest coach in NFL history.

The 49ers still don’t have a coach or general manager, but it seems like they are taking their time as they have interviewed a number of different candidates. Over the weekend, the buzz was they were targeting Louis Riddick as their general manager with McDaniels as the head coach.

With this news, it seems like it’s either McDaniels becomes the next coach of the 49ers or returns to New England.

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Tom Brady had a fantastic season.

Despite missing the first four games, Brady passed for 3,554 yards with 28 touchdowns and two interceptions, which was the best touchdown to interception ratio in NFL history.

The quarterback is in the mix to win his third MVP, but he isn’t thinking about it.

Tom Brady isn't concerned about winning NFL MVP. (WEEI.com)

Tom Brady isn’t concerned about winning NFL MVP. (WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Tom Brady had a fantastic season.

Despite missing the first four games, Brady passed for 3,554 yards with 28 touchdowns and two interceptions, which was the best touchdown to interception ratio in NFL history.

The quarterback is in the mix to win his third MVP, but he isn’t thinking about it.

“I think for us it’s about what this team can accomplish, and certainly not – those are very nice things to have, to win a certain award, but I think for me, the most important thing has always been what our team can achieve and our goals are still ahead of us,” Brady said. “That’s where my attention has been focused.”

At 39 years old and playing for 17 years in the league, Brady knows not to change the ways he does things just because it is the postseason.

“I’m pretty consistent I think with the preparation,” he said. “I try to watch as much as I can film-wise, and try to get mentally and emotionally right and physically get the work in at practice. There’s a lot to prepare for mentally, physically and emotionally. You’re always trying to find the right balance, but I feel like I’m in a good place.”

As for Saturday’s game against the Texans, Brady knows it is not going to be easy.

“We’ve still got 48 hours to go so I think everyone is still kind of in preparation mode; just have to try to bring everything together at this point,” Brady said. “There’s a lot to prepare for. They have a good defense and they do a lot of things that challenge you schematically, so it’s going to be a tough fight.”

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Ryan Hannable
Patriots DB Duron Harmon joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and he talked about getting back to playing after the layoff, not disrespecting opponents, and whether or not the team pays attention to Free Agent Status.

[0:00:49] ... relief locally and nationally you know from his game especially regarding the Houston Texans on you guys know better right Sony would you guys done to really. It is isolate yourself from all the noise that's going on saying that the Houston Texans have no chance whatsoever. I mean it would release certainly we note that game I played on paper. It's not clear to ...



Patriots DB Duron Harmon joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and he talked about getting back to playing after the layoff, not disrespecting opponents, and whether or not the team pays attention to Free Agent Status.

[0:00:49] ... relief locally and nationally you know from his game especially regarding the Houston Texans on you guys know better right Sony would you guys done to really. It is isolate yourself from all the noise that's going on saying that the Houston Texans have no chance whatsoever. I mean it would release certainly we note that game I played on paper. It's not clear to ...