The New England Patriots are playing the Philadelphia Eagles, and they have roster packed with talent. Julian Edelman is the No. 1 wide receiver. Edelman ranked third in the league in receptions, and has at least seven grabs in five consecutive games. If Edelman is such an important part of the Patriots’ offense, why don’t opponents try to stop him? Easier said and done. Prior to Sunday’s game in Philadelphia, Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox talked about the Patriots receiver and the problems other teams have to stop him.
Other teams can’t contain Edelman even when they are focused on him. According to Maddox, Edelman is very quick and physical. The cornerback also praised Edelman’s hands, his connection with quarterback Tom Brady, and his route running.
Well, that’s true. Edelman and Brady have built a strong relationship, and their chemistry is unique. We haven’t seen anything similar in the NFL, and Brady really likes his favorite target.
“He’s very quick. Physical. Great hands,” Maddox said Friday, via NFL Network’s Mike Giardi. “They (Edelman and quarterback Tom Brady) got a connection between them two that is very unique.
“His route running … it’s hard to know whether he’s going in or out.”
The Eagles cornerback has plan for Julian Edelman
Maddox confirmed pretty much the same Jerry Rice said. The Hall of Famer said Edelman has the best footwork in the NFL, adding his ability to get a separation through quick explosive cuts.
We believe Edelman will be Maddox’s greatest problem Sunday. The 23-year-old plays slot cornerback for the Eagles. Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby play on the outside.
The cornerback knows that staying with the Patriots wideout will be a huge bite to swallow, but he seems to be having a plan for attack for Sunday’s game.
Maddox said he needs to be aggressive in order to get in the receiver’s face. He will probably try to shrink Brady’s space.
“You’ve just got to be aggressive,” Maddox said, via Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times. “You’ve got to get in the receiver’s face. You can’t give him too much room (for Brady) to pick you apart.”
Well, this seems like a big plan, but we believe that head coach Bill Belichick has a plan, too. Let’s see what happens on Sunday. It will be an important game for both teams. The Patriots will try to shut down rumors about their loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and the Eagles will try to defeat the defending Super Bowl champions.