Julian Edelman’s toughness draws Bill Belichick’s praise

Andy Hart
October 07, 2019 - 11:24 am

During his Monday morning appearance on The Greg Hill Show on WEEI, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady declared that receiver Julian Edelman was one of the top players to ever don a New England uniform.

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“He's one of the best players in the history of the franchise,” Brady said. "When you think of some of the great receivers we've had, Julian is right up there at the top."

Edelman added to his ever-growing legend in Sunday’s 33-7 win in Washington. Dealing with a chest/rib injury that’s limited in practice the last two weeks and had him displaying obvious signs of discomfort after nearly every snap, Edelman hauled in eight of the nine passes thrown his way against the Redskins for 110 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown.

Gritty. Gutty. Whatever you want to call it, it didn’t seem to surprise Bill Belichick, who raved about his veteran receiver during his Monday morning conference call with the local media.

“Julian is a tough kid,” Belichick said. “Always has been. He showed that in college. He showed it his rookie year here. And all the way through his career. He fights for every yard. He’s a competitive blocker. He’s got excellent playing strength and plays bigger than what his size is because of his leverage, pad level and just overall physical and mental toughness. He’s done great job for us, continues to do that. And he’s one of the most competitive players I’ve coached.”

A follow-up question alluded to the idea that the Super Bowl MVP Edelman is “often overlooked” in the wide receiver conversation league wide and wondered what other wideout could have done what Edelman did in Washington.

Belichick didn’t hesitate with his response, a name that’s near and dear the hearts of Patriots fans.

“Troy Brown,” Belichick declared.

Of course Brown is not only a Patriots Hall of Fame player who filled the key slot role early in Brady’s career, but also is currently serving as Edelman’s coach, helping work with the wide receivers in his first season as a member of Belichick’s coaching staff.

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