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Julian Edelman: I wanted to hit Vince Young and do it right

LeSean McCoy, Julian Edelman, Jerod Mayo, Rob Ninkovich, Patrick Chung AP

Julian Edelman isn’t just a wide receiver anymore.

Edelman, who’s listed at receiver but has been spending time in the Patriots’ secondary this season, has to be considered a real defensive player now that he’s laid his first hard hit on an opposing quarterback. Edelman got a couple of good shots on Eagles quarterback Vince Young on Sunday, tackling Young on a running play and later planting Young into the turf just as Young released a pass.

After the game, Edelman said taking Young to the ground was a lot of fun, but he needs to be careful about it, what with all the NFL rules protecting offensive players.

“Yeah, any time we can get a rush on the quarterback and force him to get the ball out and have our guys make the play, it feels good. And we got off the field, so that play was good,” Edelman told the Boston Herald. “It’s funny because with all the rules floating around with regards to quarterbacks, I wanted to hit him but do it right. I just did not want to get any kind of penalty and hit him in the right zone.”

Edelman played 16 snaps, primarily covering the slot receiver, as Patriots coach Bill Belichick continues to show (as he did with Troy Brown) that if you’ve got a guy who can play slot receiver, it’s not a stretch to teach him to cover the slot receiver, too. Belichick praised Edelman after the game in Philadelphia.

“Julian’s worked hard on that,” Belichick said. “He’s had to keep up with what’s going on on offense and also in the kicking game, but he’s worked hard. He’s spent a lot of extra time with [Patriots defensive backs coach] Josh Boyer and kind of splitting time between meetings between offense and defense, and of course he does all the special teams stuff too. He’s worked hard and he’s really been a huge help for us.”

That’s the kind of player Belichick loves.

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32 Responses to “Julian Edelman: I wanted to hit Vince Young and do it right”
  1. snarkzilla says: Nov 28, 2011 3:45 PM

    Well, really. Who wouldn’t want to knock Vince Young around?

  2. fcs34 says: Nov 28, 2011 3:49 PM

    Good thing Edelman was sober or Vince would have gotten himself a good groping. Do yourself a favour a look up Edelmans mug shot. A true classic.

  3. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 28, 2011 3:50 PM

    I think he spoke for all Titans, as well as USC fans.

  4. bengalsown says: Nov 28, 2011 3:50 PM

    Isn’t this the same guy who knocked around his girlfriend a few weeks ago?

  5. Slackmo says: Nov 28, 2011 3:51 PM

    If Edelman would only learn to rip people’s helmets off after the play is over, he could be a beast like Suh.

  6. cfmaguire9 says: Nov 28, 2011 3:51 PM

    Stay away from the “no-zones,” Julian.

  7. wannabeqb says: Nov 28, 2011 3:53 PM

    Wait a second, a guy who has been playing defense 3 weeks has figured out how to hit a QB hard without it being a penalty!? This can’t be true! I thought the current rules made that impossible?

  8. dbones750 says: Nov 28, 2011 3:54 PM

    Maybe the extra workload will allow a few women in the greater-Boston area to feel a little safer to wear that short skirt out to the bars….

  9. nyninerfan says: Nov 28, 2011 3:56 PM

    Bet Jeff Fisher would like to hit him a couple of times as well.

  10. n0hopeleft says: Nov 28, 2011 3:57 PM

    Who wouldn’t want to hit someone wearing that pitiful green jersey? Especially in their house, with all of those self-proclaimed football geniuses cursing at you? All of them, of course, with an empty trophy case to stare at.


  11. tombradyallday says: Nov 28, 2011 3:57 PM

    edelman is not a pro bowl player. hes a belichick player. thats why they and he will succeed. big win yesterday

  12. lilevil74 says: Nov 28, 2011 3:58 PM

    Julian Edelman may actually be the best defender on the Patriots! Maybe Belichick should draft WR’s and convert them all to DB’s. That would definitely be an upgrade over the 2011 Patriots secondary.

  13. Stiller43 says: Nov 28, 2011 4:01 PM

    Didnt this guy just get arrested for groping some chick in a club like last week?

  14. twan7272 says: Nov 28, 2011 4:02 PM

    didn’t he get arrested recently?

  15. wcdunkenfield says: Nov 28, 2011 4:06 PM

    I’m an Eagles fan, and I want to smack VY in the mouth too… different reasons, though…

  16. uwsptke says: Nov 28, 2011 4:08 PM

    Maybe the Eagles should have their slot receivers covering Wes Welker, because their DB’s sure can’t.

  17. realitypolice says: Nov 28, 2011 4:20 PM

    It’s pretty funny in light of listening to lifetime defensive players whine about not being able to figure out the rules that a scrawny ex QB turned WR turned KR turned CB can figure it out relatively quickly.

  18. 2ndaryinsanity says: Nov 28, 2011 4:34 PM

    Wasn’t he arrested for “indecent sexual assault” (Like there’s a decent sexual assault???) awhile back?
    As someone else has mentioned, (but it is important to drive home this point) here’s a WIDE RECEIVER who has figured out how to legally sack a QB, so all these guys who’ve played defense for (in most cases) years need to quit whining and play within the rules.
    Although, the League DOES need to get all the ref’s on the same page so penalties are more consistent.

  19. j0esixpack says: Nov 28, 2011 4:38 PM

    The last time injuries forced the Patriots to turn to a WR at DB they won the Super Bowl so hopefully this bodes well.

    Although the Pats D gives up a lot of yards, you have to look beyond the simple numbers. Teams that are down by multiple scores tend to throw a lot and put up a lot of yards in the air – something the Patriots have been seeing in the last few weeks.

    The only thing that matters is points on the board – and the Patriots have limited opponents to an average of 13 points per game (would have been 10 if not for the trash time Eagles TD).

    If you look at PPG the Patriots D is in the Top 10 for the season – and probably better than that in the last few weeks.

  20. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 28, 2011 4:44 PM

    Weird. I want to hit Vince Young too.

  21. rushmatic says: Nov 28, 2011 4:47 PM

    lilevil74 says:
    Nov 28, 2011 3:58 PM
    Julian Edelman may actually be the best defender on the Patriots! Maybe Belichick should draft WR’s and convert them all to DB’s. That would definitely be an upgrade over the 2011 Patriots secondary.


    Right, don’t count Devin McCourty, rookie Pro Bowler and runner up for DROY, who is hurt right now. Or Patrick Chung. Or the interception leader in the NFL — Kyle Arrington.

    Mmhm. Way to know your stuff.

  22. briang123 says: Nov 28, 2011 5:18 PM

    The sad thing is that every Eagles player in the secondary would have missed that tackle and Young would have strolled into the end zone.

  23. tiffpats4eva says: Nov 28, 2011 5:19 PM

    twan7272 says:
    Nov 28, 2011 4:02 PM
    didn’t he get arrested recently?

    Yes. There were several stories on PFT discussing that very subject. You missed the opportunity to comment on those?

  24. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 28, 2011 5:23 PM


    Andre Carter is good, Arrington is good. Chung is good. none of them are great. Your defense overall is awful ….. know your stuff.

    Without Brady playing out of his mind in the playoffs they will be vulnerable.

    Tom is your best defense in my opinion.

  25. patsdrukker says: Nov 28, 2011 5:27 PM

    He’s playing at that position which is in the best interrest of the team.

    Keep waiting to see Baby Vince turn to CB.

    And maybe later if I’m lucky Mr. 85 turn to WR.

  26. tatum064 says: Nov 28, 2011 5:35 PM

    V.Young put up 400 yards….but mostly during garbage time….too bad his receivers had a lot of drops.

    As for Edelman, yeah we all want to hit stars, and go to jail.

    Sounds like his 15 minutes will expand to another day or so.

  27. realitypolice says: Nov 28, 2011 6:20 PM

    tatum064 says:
    Nov 28, 2011 5:35 PM
    As for Edelman, yeah we all want to hit stars, and go to jail.

    Sounds like his 15 minutes will expand to another day or so.

    Funny, that is the exact same type of comment everyone posted when Welker came on the scene.

    Always fun to dismiss the short, slow white guy.

    It would be great if all players sought their 15 minutes of fame by working hard on all 3 sides of the ball (offense, defense, special teams) instead of seeking it by coming up with funny touchdown dances.

  28. skel420 says: Nov 28, 2011 6:25 PM

    Points are what matter people.

    The Pats D is currently 11th in the league in points per game. That is less ppg than teams who are percieved to have good D like the Bears, Jets, Lions, etc.

    Yes, the Pats give up a lot of yards. A team that plays bend but don’t break D is always going to allow more yards than a team that plays more aggressive, with the hope that they don’t get beat over the top for … points.

  29. skel420 says: Nov 28, 2011 6:41 PM

    Remember that great Ravens D of 2000 that are considered to be one of the best of all time?

    Turns out they weren’t even the best D in 2000 since they gave up more yards than the Titans that year.

  30. stampnhawk says: Nov 28, 2011 6:55 PM

    Ochocinco and Owens reunited in the Pats secondary? I imagine that.

  31. axespray says: Nov 28, 2011 10:27 PM

    well… the good thing is he’s too short to get caught up in a helmet to helmet hit ..

  32. tylerdurden187 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:11 AM

    Pats are 11th in points allowed and 2nd in interceptions, 12th in rushing d.

    Play soft against the pass in garbage time to run off clock. Not too many blown coverages, or take it to the house kind of plays, but can still get a lot better.

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