Brown: Edelman proving Belichick was right about him

Brown: Edelman proving Belichick was right about him
December 30, 2013, 6:30 am
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Julian Edelman hit two very big marks this season: 100-plus catches, and 1,000-plus receiving yards.

Those are the marks of a great receiver, and Edelman has proven this year that he is one of the better slot receivers in the NFL.

It's been a long time coming for Edelman, who has dealt with his fair share of injuries over his career. This year, though, he stayed healthy. And the numbers followed.

He finished the season with 105 catches for 1,056 yards.

The guys on Postgame Live discussed Edelman's emergence this season. Troy Brown says he's surprised - but not for the reason that you think.

"I'm more surprised that it took him this long to get to that point, because I remember coming in when he was a rookie and Bill [Belichick] drafted this guy and how ecstatic Bill was about having him on his roster," Brown said. "And I said a few things about him, he's quick, he's that, he's this and that, and he said, 'No, he reminds me more of you. He's got a powerful first step, he does this, he gets separation, he makes things happens when he catches the ball'. And that's what Bill said about him.

"He just couldn't stay on the field for health reasons. Making that transition from quarterback to wide receiver is not the easiest thing to do, and he's been able to do that. Now he's to the point now where he's stayed healthy all year long, he's out there, he's producing, he's showing people like Ty Law from last year that said he couldn't do this. He's showing people now that Belichick was right by taking him in the draft and giving him the opportunity to be the player he is right now because he can make things happen offensively with the ball in his hands and on special teams."

Edelman took plenty of criticism over the years too. Last season, it looked as if the Pats were trying to replace Welker with Edelman - or at least seeing if they could. Edelman didn't have the same production, and many were down on him.

"Watching him last year, I always looked at him and said well he can't do this, he can't do that," Mike Flynn said. "He's changed everything this year. It's what he can do. He can make tough catches over the middle. He can run after the catch. He can get you big third downs. He can be physical with defensive backs. The guy has had a great season.

"Brady is always going to be the quarterback that he is, but really where are you without this guy? Who is the consistent producer in this offense? Because Gronkowksi hasn't been there, Amendola's been hurt, Vereen's up and down, Ridley fumbles, without him where are you? Great season, deserves to get paid, but it's not what he can't do, it's what he can do. And no matter where he goes, here or moves on and gets a big deal, he's going to be effective and have a good career in the NFL."

The guys all agree that Edelman will be Tom Brady's go-to guy in the postseason this year as well.