Speaking on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan, Tom Brady weighed in on Julian Edelman and Wes Welker after a game in which both of them had at least five receptions and successfully helped keep the chains moving for the New England Patriots together. Some are wondering if the two possession receivers can co-exist together, especially after Edelman emerged from the game with a solid statistical outing that included a touchdown reception.
Based on what Brady says, it looks like Patriots fans should be expecting a lot of three wide receiver sets and some more precision passing from Brady and the Pats offense.
He said, “I think Julian plays to some different strengths. I don’t think they’re a similar player. I think they’re different players with different skill sets. They’re both very good in their own right. Wes is one of the best players to ever play at that position, if not the best player to ever play at that position. I think he is. Julian plays a different role for us. That’s why you can have them out there really at the same time doing different things both very effectively.”
Edelman is more of a short-range receiver than Welker looking at their career numbers, and it’s going to be great to watch them aligning as twin-threat receivers to consistently get chunks of yardage against defenses. The New York Jets do a good job of forcing opponents to throw it to the outside, especially teams like the Pats. Last time these two teams played, the Jets were able to blanket Brandon Lloyd with Antonio Cromartie, and Rob Gronkowski was the main source of offensive production for the Patriots. With Edelman back in the fold and presumably better than ever, they will be hoping to crack the Jets scheme the second time around.
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