While he’s absent during the team’s voluntary offseason workout activities, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady makes sure that he’s in perfect shape, privately working out with his close friend and teammate, wide receiver Julian Edelman. Recently, rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry also joined in the fun, meeting and working out with Brady for the first time since he was drafted No. 32 overall by the Patriots in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Brady posted the photos of his latest workout with Edelman and Harry on his social media accounts, accompanying it with a caption “it’s a family affair.” Harry also did the same, posting a photo of his first workout with the 41-year-old Brady for his followers to see.

On Wednesday, Edelman posted more photos from the said workout with a caption “fundamentals and repetition.” Among the thousands of comments, one comment coming from Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore stood out. Gilmore, the hero of Super Bowl LIII, commented “no invite” on Edelman’s picture.

Gilmore wants to join in on the fun

Based on Gilmore’s comment, Darren Hartwell of NBC Sports presumed that Gilmore also wants to pose a challenge to both Edelman and Harry in preparation for their Super Bowl title defense.

Gilmore made a game-saving interception in the late moments of their 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams, sealing the Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl trophy. However, it was Edelman who as selected as Super Bowl MVP after catching 10 passes for 141 yards. Brady, for his part, threw for 262 yards and one interception. In the 2018 season, Gilmore emerged as one of the league’s best cornerbacks as he tallied the highest coverage grade (90.8) among CBs from the 2018 season, according to Pro Football Focus. Last season, Gilmore recorded 45 tackles, a sack and two interceptions on his way to a Pro Bowl spot and a First-Team All-Pro selection.

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Belichick fortunate in taking Harry

According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick felt fortunate that Harry was still on the board when the Patriots made their first-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. Howe reported that Belichick talked to Harry’s former Arizona State head coach Todd Graham and told him that he’s luck that the wide receiver was still available at No. 32. “They were so glad he was still available. They had him graded a lot higher than where he was taken in the first round,” said Graham, per Howe.

Harry played three years with the Sun Devils, two under Graham and one under current coach Herm Edwards. In his three years in Arizona, Harry caught 213 passes for 2,889 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also ran for 144 yards and three scores.

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