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For a while, quarterback Tom Brady and receiver Wes Welker were a winning combination on the Patriots. When Welker left for the Broncos, Julian Edelman filled his spot, and he performed that role well. Too well.

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Welker appeared on Boston radio show Toucher and Rich today, and the hosts brought up the pattern: Whenever Brady does something, Edelman does a less interesting version of that. Brady meets Kevin Durant to help out the Boston Celtics; Edelman posts a photo of himself in a jersey. Brady has his TB12 brand; Edelman has JE11. It’s not unusual for a QB to be close and friendly with his favorite targets, but Edelman is a unique and amusing case.

Welker, who noted that Edelman openly admits his coattail-riding, compared the relationship to generic store brands. “I think it’s like going and getting Advil, and then there’s like the Walgreen’s prescription next to it,” he said.

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“If Tom Brady asked Julian Edelman to commit a crime, do you think he would do it for him?” Rich Shertenlieb asked.

“Probably so,” Welker said.

In related news, Edelman tweeted a photo of Brady and Justin Timberlake at UFC 200 with himself edited in beside them: