Julian Edelman credits Wes Welker for inventing his position

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Patriots receiver Julian Edelman does many of the same things in New England’s offense that Wes Welker did from 2007 to 2012. And Edelman says that if not for Welker, Edelman may never have gotten the chance.

Edelman, who played four seasons with Welker, spent time with Welker again this week because the Patriots and Texans had joint practices and Welker is now a Texans assistant coach. Edelman said he thinks the players in Houston are lucky to have a guy like Welker to learn from.

“Wes is such a smart, intelligent football player,” Edelman said. “He played a lot of years. He’s a grinder, meaning he earned everything he got. He didn’t start on third. He had have a long journey to being ultimately a revolutionary player who basically created a position.”

Edelman isn’t surprised that Welker went straight from the field to coaching.

“Being in the locker room with him for so many years and being able to pick his brains and to see how just from how he practiced and how he played, it doesn’t surprise me at all,” Edelman said. “He was such a student of the game. He knew just about everything so it was one of those things being a coach, you know it’s a grind, it’s a huge thing, but he’s a football guy. He loves the sport.”

With 903 career catches, Welker got far more out of his athletic talent than anyone could have expected. Those players often make great coaches.

34 responses to “Julian Edelman credits Wes Welker for inventing his position

  1. I will quickly give Welker the credit for redefining the slot position but Welker is not as diverse as Edelman.

  2. Huge Pats fan…. But have to admit it was Brandon Stokley that really got it going, but I knew when the Pats got Welker he was going to be even better than Stokley…..& he was

  3. With 903 career catches, Welker got far more out of his athletic talent than anyone could have expected.
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    Yep, but that one he didn’t catch was a killer. Edelman must get old, always yaking at teammates, but by God he backs it up in the clutch.

  4. They are both fine slot receivers. Welker was in an era when head shots were a wee bit more common. Edelman has benefited from the rule change.

    I wouldn’t blame Welker for missing a clutch SB throw…by then the guy had too many head shots. His career was cut short because of it.

    When Welker was healthy, he was a beast.

  5. Wes is also credited with inventing an ambulatory assistance device for retired football players who have gone numerous joint surgeries. It was named after him and is now in widespread use in the general public.

  6. One of the worst Dolphins decisions was trading him to the Pats. If Bill B is on the other end of the phone don’t pick it up.

  7. Geez im not even a patriots fan and i know belichick invented the role. The patriots never had in the early brady years a dominant rnning game so wes welker in fact becme the de facto running game. What’s the matter with you bandwagon jumpers you don’t even know the history !

  8. Here’s to the 2017 NFL season. If there are protests, let the players do their thing. These are the players who don’t want to be known as just football players, they want to be known as grown men shining a light on some very serious issues.

    America is losing her way. The NFL players are just trying to get us to care.

    I hate politics as much as anyone, but there is something very poignant about our citizens who fight for civil rights, equal rights and stand against bigotry, antisemitism, voter suppression.

    Great catch Edelman. Super Bowl seems like it was yesterday. A SB game unlike any other.

    I hope Kaepernick finds a team. It’s not right. He’s fighting for all of us. When will a team fight for him?

  9. “One of the worst Dolphins decisions was trading him to the Pats. If Bill B is on the other end of the phone don’t pick it up.”

    It wasn’t a trade. Welker was a restricted FA, the Pats made an offer and the Fins refused to match it. Welker had killed the Pats in a game the previous season and Belichick understood what he could do and the Miami GM/coaches at the time did not.

  10. harrisonhits2 says:
    August 16, 2017 at 7:50 pm
    “One of the worst Dolphins decisions was trading him to the Pats. If Bill B is on the other end of the phone don’t pick it up.”

    It wasn’t a trade. Welker was a restricted FA, the Pats made an offer and the Fins refused to match it.
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    Not true, in exchange for Welker, the Patriots sent their 2007 second- and seventh-round draft picks to Miami. The Pats were prepared to make Welker an RFA offer but they worked out a trade.

  11. Actually it was Steve Tasker he should thank. Tasker also revolunlized special teams. Marv Levy just didn’t recognize Taskers receiving skills early enough.

  12. The Truth says:
    August 16, 2017 at 7:01 pm
    Geez im not even a patriots fan and i know belichick invented the role. The patriots never had in the early brady years a dominant rnning game so wes welker in fact becme the de facto running game. What’s the matter with you bandwagon jumpers you don’t even know the history !

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    Damn without that last sentence I woulda let this slide. But in 2001 Antowain Smith ran for almost 1200yds while sharing the backfield with Kevin Faulk n JR Redmond. In 2004 Corey Dillon broke the franchise record for season rushing yards with over 1600. And Belichick first tinkered with Faulk in that slot position before acquiring Welker to man it full-time.

  13. Bill has been tough on both of them. Wes giving up punt returns probably extended his career. But cue the clip of BB saying to Wes (sarcastically) ‘Way to compete’ when Wes agreed to the idea of Julian taling his place in punt returns.

  14. Great players by today’s standards,I would like to see both of them going up against Mel Blount or a Skip Thomas with no 5 yard rule that would be interesting.

  15. Did someone actually suggest the patriots had no running game in the early years? And lumped walker into the “early years” and said other people don’t know history?

    LOL. Take a lap, chief.

  16. When Bill Belichick invented football in 2007, that was awesome.

    And when Bob Kraft started the NFL in 2001… so great!

    … what a crock! 3 WR sets started in the late-80s. Joe Gibbs. The K-Gun. The Run-and-Shoot. Welker didn’t invent anything.

  17. Welker paid a very high price in that role. I agree with mellimac, rule changes have helped Edelman although he still takes a lot of punishment especially while fighting for YAC.

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