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Patriots WR Julian Edelman isn't just a third string wide receiver for the Patriots, he's also a defensive back, and a punt returner. So what do his teammates think about the jack of all trades? FOX Sports found out this week.
Patriots third year player Julian Edelman is a man of many
talents. He is a
receiver, defensive back, punt returner and a coverage player on
kickoffs. To put it bluntly, there isn’t a position Edelman
doesn’t play with the exception of the big bodies on the offensive or
Playing multiple positions is something the Patriots like from their
athletes, just ask Troy Brown who was the "Mr. Versatility"
for the Patriots before Edelman was.
So what does all that versatility mean on the field?
According to Edelman’s teammates, the willingness to move from his
college position -- starting quarterback at Kent State – to wide
receiver shows his openness to helping the team in any way he
can. Playing special teams, was just another part of the
process for receivers who do not start with the offense. It's Edelman's
role on defense that has players talking.
The Patriots have asked Edelman to play more defense as the team
shuffled the roster during the 2011 season. He responded
without hesitation, forgoing his role as an offensive player for
another job that could get him burned. As Giants wide
receiver Mario Manningham stated this week, he hopes Edelman is out
there. But Edleman’s teammates have the utmost respect for
the multi-faceted dimensions Edelman brings.
“You can’t explain what he’s gone through, especially in a
couple games where he plays both sides of the ball,” Patriots Devin McCourty said on Media day. “The guy has been on the field, sometimes
for 20 to 30 consecutive plays, offense, defense and special teams.”
wasn’t the only player to talk about Edelman in a positive
Edelman’s fellow receiver Deion Branch couldn’t pour the compliments
out fast enough.
“Ah man, great player, great athlete,” Branch
said about Edelman without hesitation. “He’s a sponge, and he
do it. It’s not like coach [Belichick] asked him ‘can you do
me?’“. He wants to help the team.”
On Sunday, expect to see Edelman
lining up again, and again, and again, and again. As McCourty
you may just see number 11 out there 20 to 30 plays in a row.
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