Originally posted on The Rap Sheet  |  Last updated 11/22/11
The Patriots got a big play from their special teams, finally, yesterday, as Julian Edelman took a punt back for a 72-yard touchdown. It was impressive, as colleague Karen Guregian noted. Edelman summed it up pretty nicely by saying, “You have to make someone miss and then get back to your return side so we executed the play really well.” But how did it break down? Just as you’d expect. With a big move, some key blocks, and with WR Wes Welker running into his own man. Really. Welker was lined up about 20 yards in front of Edelman, serving as his bodyguard, which was a relatively new look. I asked coach Bill Belichick today about the effectiveness of that scheme, and he detailed it — while cracking a joke right off the bat. (more…)
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