PHILADELPHIA -- As a herd of reporters gathered around Julian Edelman's makeshift locker -- the one he shared with fellow rookie Terrence Nunn next to Tom Brady's full stall -- to talk about his dazzling NFL debut, the veterans nearby gave the seventh-round draft choice a little grief for the celebrity typically reserved for No. 12.
Rookies are supposed to do their talking on the field. And while Edelman's play spoke volumes during the Patriots' 27-25 triumph over the Eagles last night at Lincoln Financial Field, the veterans weren't about to let him get a big head over it.
The Patriots' media relations staff eventually sneaked Edelman out of the locker room to tackle a handful of questions and the Kent State product was sure to stick to the company lines.
"I have a long way to go," said Edelman, who made a tackle on the game's opening kickoff then didn't stop making plays the rest of the night, including an electrifying 75-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter in which Edelman made a lightning-quick cutback along the sideline before leaving a trail of Eagles in his wake.
"I have a lot to learn. That play -- the punt return -- everyone just executed the play the way we designed it to be. One thing led to another. Totally a team effort, the blocks were there. They did their job, I did mine."
Read more tomorrow in the Globe and on Boston.com.