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Edelman not involved on defense, for now

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The Julian Edelman experiment possibly has ended in New England.

He’s not getting cut.  But the receiver may not be playing much, if any, defense.

According to Nick Underhill of MassLive.com, Edelman has not been involved in any defensive meetings during offseason workouts, and he has taken no reps on defense during Organized Team Activities.

“You’d have to ask Coach on that,” Edelman said regarding whether he’ll be playing defense in 2012.  “All I can do is just worry on trying to learn the receiver position and whatever they want me to do on any other phase of the game.”

When Edelman last played defensive back, he was trying (key word:  trying) to cover Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin in the slot during crunch time of the AFC title game.  Edelman took no snaps on defense during Super Bowl XLVI.

But here’s the thing.  With 90 players on the roster during the offseason, there are more than enough guys to play defensive back.  Once the squad is cut to 53, with only 46 dressing on game days, the Pats may need Edelman to flip-flop from time to time.

Even if a guy like Boldin makes Edelman look like a fish flopping in a boat.

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19 Responses to “Edelman not involved on defense, for now”
  1. ravensfansc says: Jun 2, 2012 11:06 PM

    Boldin torched him throughout that game. It was fun to watch as a ravens fan but that fun soon became heartbreak. Super Bowl XLVII here we come!

  2. tombradyallday says: Jun 2, 2012 11:15 PM

    edelman is a good football player but hes not a great two way player like troy brown was

  3. rexryansdirtysock says: Jun 2, 2012 11:24 PM

    He had one poor series, but looked half decent at slot cornerback when asked to play the position throughout most of the year. Didn’t give up any big plays until that drive. In fact, he consistently outplayed other defensive backs such as Nate Jones, Ray Ventrone, and Sergio Brown, to the point that McCourty had to transition to safety so that neither Ventrone or Brown would have to play the spot. So, while having Edelman playing CB isn’t ideal, it’s not like he was even the worst option the Patriots had.

  4. randallflagg52 says: Jun 2, 2012 11:25 PM

    Dumb idea to have a WR playing D in the first place, unless it’s Anquan Boldin or Hines Ward those guys don’t like to get physical at all. Yet Patriot fans will continue to claim Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in the history of the world…

  5. burm61 says: Jun 2, 2012 11:43 PM

    Can you atleast mention that Edelman was on Boldin the whole game and the Ravens didn’t do a thing til the last drive about that match-up?

  6. 6ball says: Jun 3, 2012 12:15 AM

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    Edelman is the emergency CB . Towards the end of the season the Patriots secondary was manned by special teamers and some guy signed off the Raiders practice squad. They had no Darrell Revis’ or Charles Woodsons sitting on the bench.

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  7. whoknowsnothing says: Jun 3, 2012 2:09 AM

    Why aren’t all 53 players on the roster active?

    NFL needs to change this or atleast for the the playoffs!

  8. ajknox88 says: Jun 3, 2012 2:21 AM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Jun 2, 2012 11:25 PM
    Dumb idea to have a WR playing D in the first place, unless it’s Anquan Boldin or Hines Ward those guys don’t like to get physical at all. Yet Patriot fans will continue to claim Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in the history of the world…
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    This is one of the funniest posts I’ve ever seen because of how ridiculous it is. Anquan Boldin and Hines Ward are 2 of the most physical receivers the league has ever seen.

  9. captfoxboro says: Jun 3, 2012 3:08 AM

    Anquan Boldin has consistently been a solid wide out for nearly a decade so it’s no great shame to get burned by someone of his caliber .
    The NFL has steadily been shifting toward players being called upon to be situational specialist and the more duties a player can perform the better .
    Edelman will never be confused with Ty Law – but we’ve all seen much worse CB play than what he displayed last season .
    The bottomline is the Patriots are better team by having guys with his versatility on the roster .

  10. mgfred says: Jun 3, 2012 3:33 AM

    Give the kid a break, how many all pro’s has Boldin burned over the years? His takedown of Vince Young was one of the most entertaining plays of the year. He was on defense because everybody else was hurt. I he doesn’t play CB this year it will be because the Pats are having players stay healthy. I just hope he makes the team as a receiver/special-teams player.

  11. ksm31311 says: Jun 3, 2012 4:39 AM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Jun 2, 2012 11:25 PM

    Yet Patriot fans will continue to claim Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in the history of the world…

    ———————–

    I am Cowboys fan and while I may not go as far the GOAT, I would love to have The Hoodie as our coach…

    I am guessing there are a lot of NFL fans who, if being honest, would say the same thing. Especially from a certain team in NJ that wears green and white…

  12. EJ says: Jun 3, 2012 6:50 AM

    Its pretty cool that he is able to do both positions without one negative comment out of his mouth.

  13. upyoursnfu says: Jun 3, 2012 7:50 AM

    He’s not on the defense but hid girlfriend is.

  14. dynaco says: Jun 3, 2012 9:39 AM

    I can’t believe i’m reading this…he’s the best DB they’ve got. Julian get back out there and let your negative comments be seen and not heard!

  15. flash1283 says: Jun 3, 2012 10:28 AM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Jun 2, 2012 11:25 PM
    Dumb idea to have a WR playing D in the first place, unless it’s Anquan Boldin or Hines Ward those guys don’t like to get physical at all. Yet Patriot fans will continue to claim Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in the history of the world…

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    He’s great enough to be 7-1 vs. YOUR Ravens!

  16. CKL says: Jun 3, 2012 10:46 AM

    ajknox88 says: Jun 3, 2012 2:21 AM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Jun 2, 2012 11:25 PM
    Dumb idea to have a WR playing D in the first place, unless it’s Anquan Boldin or Hines Ward those guys don’t like to get physical at all. Yet Patriot fans will continue to claim Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in the history of the world…
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    This is one of the funniest posts I’ve ever seen because of how ridiculous it is. Anquan Boldin and Hines Ward are 2 of the most physical receivers the league has ever seen.
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    Believe it or not, your reply actually is exactly what flagg is saying. I had to read it several times myself to get it because it’s so poorly worded.

    JE can’t really cover all that well but at least he tackles people. More than I can say for former Pats DBs like Samuel who doesn’t cover OR tackle and gets paid hella more.

  17. chrisjohnston10 says: Jun 3, 2012 11:59 AM

    Edelman forced a fumble that game. You can give him props for that.

  18. cannonballdookie says: Jun 3, 2012 12:48 PM

    Maybe if legendary Coach Belichick could draft a corner who’s worth a damn with his tens of draft picks every season they wouldn’t need to do this stuff in the first place.

  19. patsfiend says: Jun 5, 2012 12:55 PM

    Any time a Pats wide receiver is no longer taking reps on the defensive side of the ball, that’s “good news!” to me.

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