Gary Hornton rates....do we appreciate Edelman?

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    Re: Gary Hornton rates....do we appreciate Edelman?

    I think you could put Wilfork on that list.  Not as athletic as Watt, but equally versatile.

     
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    Re: Gary Hornton rates....do we appreciate Edelman?

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    3. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
    His stats are not gaudy, but Edelman's numerous roles make him valuable to this team, and Bill Belichick really respects players who can contribute in a lot of ways. He was a college QB so he is even something of a threat to throw when he lines up in the backfield as a runner. Primarily though, he will take snaps at wide receiver -- either wide or in the slot -- and he has even played some on defense at the corner position. If that isn't enough, he can also give you stability in the kicking game as a kickoff and punt returner. He is not dazzling in any of these areas, but he is dependable and not mistake prone.

     




    I guess Hornton really knows his shyte because Edelman's less than ONE catch per game in the last 3 seasons is definitely not a "gaudy" stat. (Though it is more like so completely insignificant as to virtually not exist than simply being "not gaudy".)

    And he further proves he is perfectly tuned in when he mentions JE's running which has happened exactly once every 4 games over his career. But he is a threat to run!!! And he has never thrown a pass in the NFL. But he could!!!

     

     
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    Don't forget dependable...we can always depend on him to develop an injury or two, right after he catches that 1 pass.

     
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    Re: Gary Hornton rates....do we appreciate Edelman?

    On the other hand Edelman is a good PR. Very good actually. Not all world but very good.

     

    His injuries have been the issue I think. If he can ever stay relatively healthy he is a good player with very very good football IQ. The guy was the best tackler on the field when he was playing in the secondary and he never played WR till he got here. 

    We have reason to be disappointed due to injuries and doubt he is able to take the punding in the NFL but he is good and has real upside if and when he is healthy. Yes.... big if and big when.

     

     
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    Re: Gary Hornton rates....do we appreciate Edelman?

    Edelman is just plain explosive and he learns anything.  His learning curve started at zero when he entered the NFL, so he might get a bit better this year.  He's probably going to be in the middle of the pack of NFL wide receivers.  

    People (Neil Hornsby at PFF for example) rate him as below average.  Most teams won't hire him.  He's better than that.  He's a substitute for Danny Amendola.  BB understands that an explosive wideout gets the first downs and is generally more valuable on the field than a burner wideout.  Too many NFL coaches don't actually understand how the NFL is changing on them, but BB usually gets it right.

    Wideouts and kick returners get injured.  That's a (depressing) part of the game.  I tend not to hold injuries against a player's future performance potential if they aren't chronic injuries such as shoulder injuries. 

    Edelman was on a team with Gronk, Hernandez and Welker.  Don't blame him too much if he didn't get too many chances to make a catch.  Brady had wide open targets all year and Ridley had some nice lanes too. 

     

     

     

     
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    Re: Gary Hornton rates....do we appreciate Edelman?

    In response to BabeParilli's comment:

    In response to rkarp's comment:

     

     

    3. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
    His stats are not gaudy, but Edelman's numerous roles make him valuable to this team, and Bill Belichick really respects players who can contribute in a lot of ways. He was a college QB so he is even something of a threat to throw when he lines up in the backfield as a runner. Primarily though, he will take snaps at wide receiver -- either wide or in the slot -- and he has even played some on defense at the corner position. If that isn't enough, he can also give you stability in the kicking game as a kickoff and punt returner. He is not dazzling in any of these areas, but he is dependable and not mistake prone.

     

     




     

    I guess Hornton really knows his shyte because Edelman's less than ONE catch per game in the last 3 seasons is definitely not a "gaudy" stat. (Though it is more like so completely insignificant as to virtually not exist than simply being "not gaudy".)

    And he further proves he is perfectly tuned in when he mentions JE's running which has happened exactly once every 4 games over his career. But he is a threat to run!!! And he has never thrown a pass in the NFL. But he could!!!

     



    With WW in front of him, is it really hard to understand why?

     
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