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New England Patriots OTAs: Julian Edelman Has Yet to Work Out at Cornerback

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 11:  Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots competes before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on August 11, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIMay 31, 2012

Despite playing more cornerback than wide receiver a year ago, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has yet to workout in the secondary during New England's OTAs thus far, according to ESPN Boston

This is rather surprising considering that New England's wide receiver corps is stacked with talent with new additions of Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and Donte' Stallworth, along with Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Chad Ochocinco and Matthew Slater. 

With that kind of talent and that number of bodies at one position, I would have expected to see Edelman workout at cornerback at least a little bit during OTAs. 

When asked about potentially moving to the defensive side of the ball, Edelman had this to say to a reporter on Thursday:

"You'd have to ask Coach (Belichick) on that. I'm pretty sure that's his cup of tea." 

Edelman enters 2012 with a ton of experience at multiple positions, including wide receiver and cornerback, as well as special teams as a return man. The 26-year-old has recorded 48 career receptions for 479 yards and one touchdowns while averaging 22.8 yards per-return on kickoffs and 12.4 yards per-return on punts. 

There is no reason why Edelman wont be on New England's 53-man roster, as he's the ultimate utility player. All in all, Edelman is a football player—he simply can play the game, and he can do several things well. He is exactly what head coach Bill Belichick wants in a player. 


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