Julian Edelman: ‘I tried to get open every play’
|09.13.13 at 1:00 am ET|
FOXBORO — What made Julian Edelman‘s night so remarkable wasn’t the career high 13 catches on 18 targets or his 78 yards receiving. It was the fact that he did it all when there were no other viable options for Tom Brady.
With Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski, Shane Vereen and Zach Sudfeld all sidelined, the load fell on Edelman and he responded.
“I just prepared like I do every week,” Edelman said. “I tried to get open every play, and Tom found me.”
Edelman was a lone bright spot on a night when the Patriots were 4-of-18 on third down. Edelman converted three of those four by himself.
“I’m sure our offense wasn’t giving up. We were trying to move the ball,” Edelman said. “Sometimes you have to tip your hat to the other team. They did some good things. But, our defense made some big plays, and we came out with the win.”
The Patriots did move the chain at key moments of the fourth quarter, eating up just enough time and giving the defense just enough of a breather to come up with game-saving plays.
“It was obviously very important,” Edelman said. “We played complementary football. The defense played a hell of a game, came up with some big plays, so hats off to them. We’re going to go in, watch some of this film and fix the corrections so we can get better.”
Did he sense he was Tom’s go-to guy?
“I wasn’t even thinking about that,” Edelman said. “Like I said, you’re just thinking about beating your guy, getting open and catching the ball.
“Any time you can go out and get a divisional win, start out 2-0, and [get] a home opener win it’s a good thing.”
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