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Julian Edelman admits he would rather jump for pass and take hard fall than get hit in knees

Ryan Hannable
December 01, 2018 - 10:03 am

FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman is not afraid to go up in the air to catch a pass thrown his way, even if that means landing awkwardly.

That happened last Sunday against the Jets when he landed hard on his right shoulder, but stayed in the game.

Speaking Friday, Edelman admitted he isn't afraid of those plays because they are better than being hit low in the knees. This is noteworthy considering he missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

“I mean, sometimes you feel like you’re preserving yourself [when you go up in the air] because with the new rules, they’re not going to hit you high," he said. "So I’d rather tumble and fall on a back or a shoulder than have my knees taken out, which is the route this league’s going. So sometimes, that is that kind of decision.”

“I’m going to go out there, and I’m going to play hard,” he added. “And obviously, you’ve got to play smart the older you get in this league. But I go 120 [miles per hour]. That’s just what I do. Unfortunately, it’s a strength and a weakness.”

Since his four-game suspension, Edelman has played in every game and has 44 catches for 510 yards and three touchdowns.

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