|Julian Edelman credits Tom Brady with Patriots’ long-lasting success||01.27.15 at 4:14 pm ET|
PHOENIX — Since 2001, the Patriots have a 170-54 record in the regular-season and have been to six Super Bowls (including this season) and another nine AFC championship games.
“I think there’s a common factor there, of this guy named Tom Brady. He’s pretty good,” Edelman said on Tuesday. “He and we have some coaches that work their tails off. The scouting department knowing who they want and all of that kind of stuff. They all work together. I don’t know, you’d have to ask coach [Bill] Belichick on that one.”
Edelman has excelled on special teams during his career. Back in the last Patriots’ Super Bowl, Edelman’s only role was returning kicks. Now, he’s turned into one of the better punt returners in the game.
For his career he’s returned 132 punts for 1,616 yards and four touchdowns, including 25 for 299 yards and a touchdown this season.
“A punt return play is one of the plays that you can be prepared for the most out of any play in football,” said Edelman. “You can look at the situation, you have time to look at the wind pattern, where you’re at on the field, what time it is in the game, all that kind of stuff, the trajectory of the punt, it all comes into consideration if you’re going to return it, if there’s a block.
“As a punt returner, your job is to get 10 yards. If you get 10 yards, you’re happy. Anything after that is cream. Ultimately, your job is to give the ball to the offense with some good field position. They have a tough unit. They’re fast, they play hard on that unit. We’re definitely going to have to bring our A-game and prepare these next few days to get ready for it.”
|Julian Edelman on MFB: ‘We’ve moved on’ from Deflategate||01.26.15 at 1:35 pm ET|
Edelman indicated the team is ready to move past the Deflategate controversy.
“It’s over with, we’ve moved on, and we’re looking forward to getting ready and preparing for the Seattle Seahawks,” Edelman said, adding: “We’re not going out there to try to prove anyone wrong, we’re going out there for each other.”
The Seahawks are known for their Legion of Boom defense that will make the receiver’s job difficult.
“Seattle’s secondary is ferocious back there, they cover a lot of ground, they’re all big,” Edelman said. “They play in their scheme, they’re hard-coached. It’s definitely going to be a battle and we’re going to have to bring our A game to compete with these guys.”
Edelman said he doesn’t expect the injuries to Seahawks defensive backs Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor to limit their effectiveness.
“Everyone’s sore. … You expect nothing but their best because this is the last game of the year,” Edelman said. “So you know they’re going to be fired up, they’re going to be prepared, they’re going to be ready to go.”
Edelman said it’s key that the Patriots maintain control of the football.
“[Bill Belichick] will tell you, if you’re carrying that ball, you’re carrying the fate of every single person in the organization, from the marketing guy to the ball boy to the coach, to anyone,” Edelman said. “So the ball is the most important thing on the field.”
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|Julian Edelman is mentally ready to prepare for ‘ferocious’ Legion of Boom secondary||01.25.15 at 4:58 pm ET|
Julian Edelman is more than aware of the challenge ahead of him.
One of the best timing route receivers in the league has to find a way to get open against arguably the most physical secondary in football on the game’s biggest stage. Edelman hasn’t played against Seattle since 2012, when the “Legion of Boom” was coming into its own.
“They’re a little different because they’re all big,” Edelman said. “They’re all big, strong, ferocious players. They play in their scheme. They’re well coached. They play hard. We certainly have some guys that are big, but this a completely different group and like you said, I’ve never played against them. [We’ve] got to take these next few days [to] prepare [and] get ready for them and try to bring out the ‘A’ game.”
How does Edelman feel about the progress in the game plan so far?
“I feel good. Practice has had a high tempo; guys are focused,” Edelman said. “We still have a long way to go. We still have a few days out in Arizona to prepare so we’re going to try to take advantage of that. It’s been pretty good.”
This is Edelman’s second Super Bowl experience. Three years ago, Wes Welker had his job before leaving for Denver. Edelman was returning kicks and playing on special teams. He returned three kicks for 73 yards, including a 31-yarder. What did the experience in Super Bowl XLVI teach him about the crazy week leading up to the game?
“Just all the scheduling of everything, definitely being at one has helped,” Edelman said. “It’s always a little different every year I guess. I’m a little more familiar with what you’ve got going on when you’re there [and] being able to ignore a bunch of distractions and all that kind of stuff. It really is a business trip for us. [I’m] looking forward to that.”
Edelman made it clear that he’s anxious to get out to Arizona and take the game prep to the next level.
“Definitely. You’re anxious to get out there and kind of feel your surroundings, see what you’re going to be working with that week as far as facility, the meeting rooms,” Edelman said. “[You] don’t have to worry about anything else. You should have all your off-the-field stuff taken care of. You’re definitely anxious to get out there and start the preparing process out there. It’ll be nice to be in some 70-degree weather. That’s always nice. [We’ll] go out there and try to win the last game.
“Anytime you go to a Super Bowl it’s pretty exciting so I don’t know. I was really excited last time, I’m excited this time. Probably a little more focused this time as far as knowing what you have to do out there, knowing what’s going on ‘ experiencing all that kind of stuff. That’s how I feel about that question I guess.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Julian Edelman wants to move past Deflategate: ‘I’m more worried about Seattle’||01.23.15 at 2:28 pm ET|
FOXBORO — With all the controversy surrounding the Patriots, Julian Edelman stood at his locker with dozens of media members surrounding him and multiple TV cameras all wanting to ask questions about Deflategate.
“I’m more worried about Seattle and what Seattle does on defense and special teams. That is what I am worried about,” said Edelman.
Did he notice anything different about the footballs between the first half and the second half in last AFC championship game?
“I didn’t notice anything. My mind is on Seattle,” Edelman said.
Seattle finished the season 12-4 — like the Patriots — and won the NFC West. The Seahawks came from behind to stun the Packers in overtime in last weekend’s memorable NFC championship game.
Edelman knows the Seahawks are a tough team and it will be a tough task for New England.
“They are a really good team,” said Edelman. “They came back against an unbelievable team in Green Bay and played the situations out correctly. They executed some tough plays — the onside kick, getting the ball back, scoring, executing the overtime situation — they are a fundamentally sound team when it comes to all that stuff. It is definitely going to be a tough task.”
Next week will be Edelman’s second Super Bowl, as he was in his second year in 2011 for Super Bowl XLVI. He wasn’t even a factor in the offense, as his main role was as a kick returner. He returned three kicks for 73 yards in the game and did not record a catch.
Things will be much different for Edelman this time around, as he is no longer just a kick returner — he is one of Tom Brady‘s favorite targets on offense and a main part of the offensive game plan.
“It’s a different year then and was a different spot for me, so I am probably going to try and do the best I can to prepare myself and how I’ve prepared myself each and every day this year,” said Edelman.
“It’s a crazy week — the Super Bowl,” he added. “The last time I was there I remember kind of blocking out and trying to make it routine and going out and trying to prepare to the best of your ability and unfamiliarity. That is what I am worrying about right now.”
|Video: Julian Edelman shows ‘Growing Pats’ have got each other||01.22.15 at 3:29 pm ET|
If you think there’s any chance Deflategate is tearing the Patriots apart, Julian Edelman has a message for you.
Edelman recalled the show “Growing Pains” and its theme song about having each other in a video titled “Growing Pats” that he posted to his Youtube page Thursday afternoon. Watch it here:
|Julian Edelman remains Tom Brady’s favorite postseason target for fourth straight playoff game||01.20.15 at 7:00 am ET|
Targets have been compiled by the NFL since the start of the 2009 season, and while it remains a vaguely imperfect stat — a badly thrown ball from a quarterback can often go against the record of the receiver as opposed to the quarterback — it remains a good indication of the confidence level a passer might have in his pass catcher. Here’s a look at the target breakdown for two games of the 2014 postseason. (By way of comparison, here’s the target breakdown for the 2014 regular season.)
WR Julian Edelman: 17 catches on 25 targets (68 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 10 catches on 21 targets (48 percent)
WR Brandon LaFell: 9 catches on 13 targets (69 percent)
RB Shane Vereen: 7 catches on 9 targets (78 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 6 catches on 9 targets (67 percent)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 5 catches on 5 targets (100 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
LT/TE Nate Solder: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
FB James Develin: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
For what it’s worth, Saturday marked the fourth straight playoff game for New England where Edelman was Tom Brady‘s top target. The last time Edelman did not lead the Patriots’ pass catchers in targets in a playoff game was the loss to the Ravens in the 2012 AFC title contest.
|Patriots players dismiss talk of deflated footballs||01.19.15 at 2:59 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Patriots players weren’t in the mood Monday afternoon to talk about the report of deflated footballs in Sunday’s AFC title game.
Reports have surfaced that the Colts believe that there were some partially deflated footballs used in Sunday’s game, with a story from WTHR-TV in Indianapolis quoting a source saying the Patriots partially deflated the footballs.
“I don’t know anything about that. I’m glad I caught it,” he said with a smile. “[But] I don’t anything about that. Nothing.”
Wide receiver Julian Edelman was a little more dismissive of the idea that deflated balls played a role in the game.
“No. I don’t even know anything about that. I think it’s just a story. Whatever,” he said Monday. “I don’t know anything about it, like I said. It’s funny.”
According to NFL rules, officials test game footballs two hours prior to kickoff, and they can measure the pressure during the game. As a result, it’s not clear how a team could deflate footballs surreptitiously during a contest.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laughed off the talk on WEEI on Monday morning, saying he had ‘no idea’ what the controversy was all about.
‘I think I’ve heard it all at this point,’ he said.
Added Brady: ‘That’s the last of my worries. I don’t even respond to stuff like this.’