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Instant impact from Julian Edelman, who delivers top play of Patriots practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- That didn't take long.

One day after New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was activated from the physically unable to perform list, he made the play of the day in Monday's training camp practice.

Capping off a hurry-up, 11-on-11 drill, Edelman ran a post corner route to the back right of the end zone and made an over-the-shoulder, diving catch on a perfect delivery from quarterback Tom Brady. The fiery Edelman got to his feet and then spiked the football with Gronk-like authority before getting a congratulatory head-butt from Brady.

Then, to the surprise of few, Edelman let the defense know about it, first turning to cornerback Justin Coleman, who had been in tight coverage, and then firing up more trash talk to defenders along the sideline. He also appeared to be jawing at defensive coaches.

"You definitely know he's out there because he's talking," joked safety Duron Harmon. "It's good to see him back. He's a great teammate, a great player, and he's a pleasure to work with."

Coach Bill Belichick lightened the load on players Monday by holding a slower-paced, situational-filled practice in shorts and light shoulder pads, so there was no full contact. That was nice timing for Edelman to increase his workload after spending Sunday's full-pads scrimmage on the sideline in his first practice since surgery on his left foot in the offseason.

Edelman has been one of Brady's favorite targets in each of the past three seasons, and on Monday, they picked up where they'd left off.

With Edelman's catch and reaction as the springboard, let's take a closer look at what we saw (and heard) from practice:

Play of the day: With Edelman's catch already covered, receiver Chris Hogan will get the nod for a one-handed catch along the left sideline from Brady in the hurry-up drill late in practice. Hogan might not have been in bounds, as the throw led him to the sideline (cornerback Cyrus Jones trailed in coverage), but to haul it in one-handed was impressive in and of itself.

What's on the set list? After a 13-song set list Sunday, there were just three songs Monday:

  • "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang," Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg

  • "Pipe It Up," Migos

  • "For My Team," Fetty Wap, featuring Monty

Stork returns to practice. Starting center Bryan Stork returned to practice for the first time since July 30, when he reportedly sustained a concussion. He didn't take part in full-team drills. ... Harmon shed the red, noncontact jersey for the first time. ... Defensive tackle Alan Branch had his foot/ankle retaped after going down midway through practice and didn't return. He watched the remainder of practice from the sideline. ... Veteran receiver Nate Washington upped his workload, appearing in team drills for the first time and then getting some work in with Brady after the session.

Garoppolo INT reflects recent struggles. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw an interception to linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, delivering the football into zone coverage with the intended receiver surrounded by defenders. It was a throw that has reflected some struggles for Garoppolo in each of the past three days. One of Garoppolo's best throws came on a right-to-left crossing route by Edelman as he zinged it in there along the left sideline.

Extra points. Free-agent signee Shea McClellin, who primarily has been at defensive end in camp, saw some work as an off-the-line linebacker. ... Veteran defensive end Chris Long got some work with the top group on defense in a nickel package in place of Jabaal Sheard. ... Tight end AJ Derby had a notable touchdown catch, from Garoppolo, with safety Jordan Richards in coverage. ... Former Saints Vinnie Sunseri and Ramon Humber were among those stopping for interviews in advance of Tuesday's New England/New Orleans joint practices. Others included Harmon, Jones, tight end Clay Harbor, running back Tyler Gaffney and guards Joe Thuney and Jon Halapio. ... The Patriots worked on everything from the hands team for onside kicks, to clocking the ball in the two-minute offense. ... Steve Dubin, who along with Don Yee serves as an agent for Brady and Edelman, was at practice. ... Matt Provencher, the Patriots' team doctor in 2015, was on hand.

Tuesday's schedule: Belichick news conference (8:45 a.m.); Patriots-Saints joint practice (9:15 a.m.).