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Thursday game made weekend feel like another bye week for Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman and Tom Brady will get 10 days off between games after playing Thursday. Stew Milne/USA Today Sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Five things we learned from New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman's weekly interview on sports radio WEEI on Monday (with hosts Gary Tanguay, Christian Fauria and Lou Merloni):

1. Felt like another bye week. One of the benefits of playing a Thursday night game is what happens after it -- a full weekend off. "It felt like another bye [week]. It was much needed after two games in five days. It was good to have some down time and recharge your batteries," Edelman said. Edelman relayed that while some players can leave town, he doesn't, in part because players aren't always sure what the schedule is going to be from Bill Belichick.

2. Having fun at Celtics game. Edelman attended Friday night's Raptors-Celtics game at TD Garden with friends from high school. It was the first time the whole crew was together in 10 years. Edelman was shown on the Jumbotron as he chugged a drink, crushing the can after finishing. "That wasn't a beer," Edelman said, seemingly tongue in cheek. "It's for recovery."

3. Training in Montana with Brady. Edelman detailed how he trained in Montana at the Yellowstone Club with quarterback Tom Brady in the days leading up to training camp. "They had a 60-yard field lined up just for Tom," Edelman said, saying they got their work in first thing in the morning. Receiver Danny Amendola also joined them.

4. Strong relationship with Welker. In ESPN's E:60 profile of Edelman last Tuesday, Edelman had talked about the different dynamic in his 2009 rookie season with receiver Wes Welker. He was asked on the radio show how things evolved since that point. "We're boys," Edelman responded. "It was just one of those things where I was a young kid and he was a vet ... he didn't know if I was going to make the team. We became closer as the years went on."

5. Would have been neat to play for Walsh. Asked what other NFL coach he might like to play for, Edelman reflected on growing up in the Bay Area and how he admired Bill Walsh's innovation. "I think it would have been cool to play for Bill Walsh, as a childhood hero for me," he said.