Thursday, May 31, 2012
No defense for Edelman, yet
By Mike Rodak
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was a three-way player last season, thrown into the mix at defensive back late last season after injuries hit the position.
This spring, at least initially, Edelman has not taken part in defensive meetings, and has not practiced on defense during the two weeks of organized team activities the Patriots have held.
When asked if head coach Bill Belichick had discussed the potential for moving to defense this offseason, Edelman was coy.
"You'd have to ask Coach (Belichick) on that," Edelman told a reporter on Thursday. "I'm pretty sure that's his cup of tea."
Edelman faces stiff competition at wide receiver this summer, with the team adding a number of established veterans while not seeing any receivers depart this offseason. While he plays the biggest role on special teams amongst receivers -- as a kick and punt returner -- Edelman said he is still focused on becoming a better receiver in order to make the roster.
"It's a receiver competition, I don't know how (being a punt returner) has to do with that," Edelman said. "I'm just trying to become a better receiver right now. When it's punt return, you try to become a better punt returner."
One of the veterans that joins Edelman in the group of receivers is 10-year veteran Brandon Lloyd.
"It's definitely fun to watch and learn," Edelman said. "I was a Brandon Lloyd fan when he was a 49er back when I was a little kid. That tells you how many years he's been around."