Broncos DB Mike Adams: Julian Edelman doesn’t compare to Wes Welker

Julian-Edelman-PatriotsWhen Danny Amendola went down with an injury early in the season, Julian Edelman was the next man up for the New England Patriots. Playing under a one-year, $750,000 contract that has been boosted to about $1 million with incentives, Edelman stepped in and caught 105 passes and became Tom Brady’s most reliable target.

Some would venture to say that Edelman has replaced Wes Welker, who averaged 112 catches per year in his six seasons with the Patriots. Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams isn’t willing to go there.

“I can’t compare the two because Wes is — he’s something special,” Adams said Monday, via Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com. “He can jive up the ball and then speed out and have you off balance. Edelman, he doesn’t do that. He’s a one-speed guy. He doesn’t have the same ability or the quickness that Wes has in the slot. I guess that is the main difference between them. But I don’t know if they use him the same as they used Wes because they’re totally different players.”

As Curran pointed out, Edelman is actually faster than Welker. They are different players in some ways, but Edelman has essentially played the role of Welker in 2013. When Brady needs a first down or a short yardage completion, he has been looking for Edelman.

I agree with Adams that Edelman is not as good a player as Welker. That said, Welker was 26 years old when he was traded to New England by the Miami Dolphins. Edelman is 27. If the Patriots re-sign Edelman this offseason and he catches 100 passes again in 2014, the debate could get a little more interesting.

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  • MikeInMaine

    You agree with Adams…? Seriously?? Wes isn’t HALF the athlete that
    Edelman IS!! He was a quarterback throughout college, came to NE and
    played DB, then kick returner, then WR, and has excelled; like one of
    the best in the entire league in EVERY role!! He is bigger than Wes, yet
    faster!! As a DB he hit people like Rodney Harrison!! And played back –
    as a safety/LB type.. OR even rushing the QB.. and pressured, and damn
    near sacked a QB two or three times in ONE game 2 years ago. (can’t
    remember, but I couldn’t believe my eyes) Wes is a great player, but he
    has been in decline for over two years now. Look up the stats. He
    dropped the 2nd most balls of ANYONE targeted at least 60 times last
    year. And he shriveled up in the game against Baltimore in the AFCCG
    last year. He looked scared to death half way through the 3rd quarter.
    He was getting punched in the mouth because he wasn’t as quick as he
    used to be – to avoid the hits. I LOVE Wes!! But I’d take Julian every
    friggin time over Wes. Adams is a moron. Wes is still quick, but Julian
    will break your freakin’ ankles. That’s why he set the record for
    run-backs in no time. And guess what? Wes couldn’t compete with him
    because.. wait for it… Edelman is QUICKER, Adams.