The addition of cornerback Darrelle Revis will not only make the New England Patriots secondary better, he will also make their receivers better. In a guest appearance on NFL Network’s “Total Access” on Monday night, Patriots receiver Julian Edelman expressed his admiration for Revis and how great it is to have a player of his caliber on the team.
“I mean Darrelle is one of the best corners in the NFL,” Edelman said. “He showed it in camp. He did very well. He’s a very instinctive player. He’s great in the locker room. I like competing against him every day. It’s good to have another player like that.”
Edelman, who was the team’s leading receiver last season, signed a long term deal with the Patriots just days after the team rocked the NFL world by agreeing to a deal with Revis. Edelman knows the type of competitor he is after competing against him while he was a member of the Jets and last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now he gets to compete against him daily in practice. It will only make Edelman and the rest of Tom Brady’s young receivers better players going up against one of the elite corners in the game.
As Revis has been thrown into the debate of which cornerback is the best in the game, Edelman didn’t offer his opinion in the debate mostly because he has yet to face players like Patrick Peterson, Richard Sherman, and Joe Haden. He does know Revis and simply said, “You know I haven’t played against some of those guys. After playing against Darrelle in OTAs and minicamp, I can tell you that he’s pretty darn good. That’s all I have to say on that one, really.”
Julian Edelman went on to discuss other issues surrounding the team, particularly the health of his pal Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady’s desire to play until he’s 40. He also addressed the overall improvement of his team. On the Patriots as a team, Edelman said, “We’re a lot better than before we started minicamp and organized team activities. It was good to go out there and compete against the defense. So it was an overall success to go out there and learn your team.”