Came across this article about Julian Edelman that was so schizophrenic that I would like to see the brain of the guy that wrote it to see what the hell is wrong with him. No really. I'd like to smash his skull and carve his brain out to look at. Just kidding that sounds messy.
It starts out....
How does Julian Edelman, that little ball of trash talking and hate, get open so frequently? Thursday night, Edelman lit up the Pittsburgh Steelers for 11 catches on 12 targets for 97 yards, while barking at defensive backs like your neighbor's Pomeranian.
But it's not empty yapping if you can back it up.
Edelman was the No. 16 fantasy wide receiver in my standard WR ranks and No. 13 in PPR. Despite his lack of size and elite athletic skills,
that's likely where he'll stay all year. But upon seeing myself write that sentence, I almost feel as though I need to check myself. Really? Julian Edelman? A guy who had 71 catches combined in his first four NFL seasons? The converted college QB who looked like a special teams lifer until age 27? That dude with the hairdo?
So yeah no size, no athletic skills, bad hair, how can this be?. But then the author later states:
Take a look at Edelman's pre-draft workout from 2009. He ran a 3.91 20-yard shuttle time and a 6.63 three-cone time. Those are extraordinary numbers.
So which is it? Extrodinary workout numbers or lack of athleticism. I'm so confused.
How do the New England Patriots do it? How do they find a little scrap-heap guy, coach him up, and turn him into the unlikeliest of fantasy stars?
Make no mistake, if this were easy to accomplish, every NFL team would do it.
I guess they cheat..
Four of Edelman's 11 catches involved some level of picking on Thursday night.
Again, every NFL team does it.
Antonio Brown is also significantly more explosive on the dead run than Edelman, which explains why he's able to play outside and win so convincingly, while Edelman mostly stays in the slot.
But Edelman shares Brown's quickness.
The whole article is typical of the confused commentary on the state of football that refuses to consider race, and the role it plays in situations like this. Thus the whole article is one big logical mess.