Bruschi: Edelman is no Wes Welker

January, 5, 2010
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ESPN analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi talked about what the injury to Wes Welker means for the Patriots and what the team will be missing with Julian Edelman in his place.

“This is a huge loss for the Patriots offense,” Bruschi said. “This offense is better with Wes Welker and Tom Brady is a better quarterback with Wes Welker. It’s his uncanny ability to run option routes, to read zone coverage, to read man coverage.”

And Bruschi on Edelman, the rookie receiver who figures to fill in for Welker:

“In comes Julian Edelman, a rookie receiver that used to play quarterback at Kent State,” Bruschi said. “People like this guy but he’s no Wes Welker. Let’s make no mistake, he isn’t as quick as Wes. He isn’t as smart as Wes. And the countless hours that Tom Brady and Wes Welker have spent on the practice field to develop that continuity that you see on game day, that’s what Edelman and Brady don’t have.

“It will be interesting to see how [offensive signal caller] Bill O’Brien ... adjusts and targets other receivers.”

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