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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Mini Waterbug: Julian Edelman

By: Greg
The Mini Waterbug has some big shoes to fill. At the beginning of the season, who would have ever thought that their 7th round draft pick, former college QB would be a huge key in the Patriots first round playoff match up.

Julian is no Welker by any stretch of the imagination. Welker is a Top 5 WR in the NFL while Julian is the playing his first season at WR. But Edelman filled in very nicely for Welker vs the Texans grabbing 10 balls for over 100 yards.
“Wes has been a great player for a number of years, and (in Edelman) you’re talking about a rookie (in) his first year playing the position,” Pats director of player personnel Nick Caserio said. “They may be similar in that they are both good with the ball in their hands. But they’re two different types of players.”

Bruschi also states that Edelman is no Welker in this piece:

Randy Moss will now be doubled all game so that frees up space and opportunities for Julian. He will get his chances and hopefully he can make the most out of them.

One thing you have to love about Julian is his attitude and effort. You can see it on the field. Ian Rapport of the Herald also illustrates his attitude going back to his Kent State days:
Julian Edelman made quite an impression when he arrived at Patriots [team stats] practice last spring. It was nothing compared to his resounding introduction at Kent State.

Then a dual-threat quarterback and a junior college transfer, Edelman sought out Michael Machen, the KSU incumbent at his position.

“He walked right up to this gentleman and told him, ‘I’m getting ready to take your job,’ ” recalled Golden Flashes coach Doug Martin. “That tells you about his attitude. That makes him the player that he is.”

Edelman won the job and compiled 7,661 total yards, while Machen transferred to Baylor.
Edelman ascended nearly as quickly with the Patriots. Converted to receiver after being taken in the seventh round, the 6-foot, 198-pounder picked up the scheme faster than any rookie. It helps now.- Boston Herald

I expect good things from Julian. Lets hope we can see more things like this.....

1 comment:

  1. Greg - nice post. Most folks seem intent on pointing out Edelman is not Welker, can't replace him, and so on. But as you pointed out, the guy caught 10 passes last Sunday. He isn't Welker, true. But I'm very excited to see what he will do this Sunday. Excepting the do-it-all-man Kevin Faulk, no other Patriot has impressed as much as Edelman as a receiver. Hopefully he can keep it up.