Patriots to honor Edelman during showdown with Saints

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FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The Patriots hit the practice field again on Thursday as they set their sights on Jameis Winston and the Saints.

Both teams will be looking to improve to 2-1 on the season when they square off Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game’s on FOX Providence.

Safety Adrian Phillips did not participate in practice, but the team said it’s not injury-related. RB Damien Harris, OT Trent Brown and LB Matthew Judon were listed as limited participants.

At halftime, the Patriots will hold a special halftime ceremony to honor former WR Julian Edelman, who retired earlier this year after 12 seasons with the team. He was a part of three championship rosters and named the MVP of Super Bowl LIII.

“Retiring as a Patriot is a dream. I always loved the guys who played for one team,” Edelman said during a virtual news conference Thursday.

When asked why he chose to hang up his cleats, Edelman replied: “It was my body. My knee wasn’t feeling great.”

Wednesday Practice Update

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Every member of the Patriots’ 53-man roster was in attendance Wednesday as the team hit the practice field ahead of their Week 3 meeting with the Saints.

That included offensive tackle Trent Brown and linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who both missed last week due to injuries.

Both the Patriots and Saints are 1-1 on the season. New England is coming off a win over the New York Jets while New Orleans fell to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

“When you give up six points, it’s amazing. It’s awesome. They didn’t score a touchdown,” DT Lawrence Guy said of their performance against the Jets. “But then everybody else sees that. This week’s team isn’t last week’s team, so how are we going to hold them to a limited score? How are we going to put our offense in better situations?”

Bill Belichick and Sean Payton are both in the top five all-time in terms of winning percentage for a head coach. The two will face off for the fourth time Sunday, with the Patriots having won two of the last three meetings.

“Clearly one of the best coached teams in the league,” Belichick said Wednesday. “They do a real good job all the way across the board. Sean’s record and reputation speaks for itself. Nobody attacks defenses better than Sean.”

The two franchises have met 14 times and New England holds a 10-4 record.

“This is a fundamental game. As Bill says, a ‘do your job’ game,” Guy added.

In addition to Belichick’s praise of Payton, linebacker Dont’a Hightower had a lot of good things to say about New Orleans’ star running back.

“Obviously, you can’t talk about them without talking about Kamara,” he said. “I think if you were to maybe build a perfect back, I mean, he essentially has everything you need: vision, balance, he’s strong, he’s tough.”

This story will be updated, so check back for the latest from Gillette Stadium.

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