Giants' WR Mario Manningham knows the Patriots need Julian Edelman in their secondary to match up with their speed. The fact that Edelman is a WR playing defense has the Giants seeking opportunities.
“It’s not just me, but us as a receiving corps," Manningham said. "We know he’s a great player, but we want to go out and do what we have to do to win. No matter what it takes. He plays wide receiver. He’s not a real defensive back. Did he get drafted as a defensive back? We have a little bond going on knowing that we can beat somebody. We’re confident. I hope he’s out there.”
Edelman has kind of become the Patriots' everyman, playing on all of their units - offense, defense and special teams. He has no time for opponents' criticism. He is too busy keeping up with with his multiple responsibilities.
“Depending on the week and stuff, depending on my role in the situation of each game, sometimes I have to be in the offensive meetings, and sometimes I have to be in the defensive (meetings)," Edelman told reporters today. “I am not really worried about what Mario Manningham is saying right now. I am more focused on doing my job, and that is preparing right now. We will see if that opportunity comes ahead of us in the game.”
Manningham backed off his stance, but only slightly. Trained defensive backs have had trouble keeping up with his quickness and ability to get separation.
“It’s not like that. I respect him as a player. I understand that he’s a good player. He plays wide receiver and defensive back. I don’t take anything from him but he plays offense. So I know he’s a competitive player, but I’m going to try to win. No matter who lines up in front of me, I’m going to try to win.”
Edelman said he is surprised opposing offenses haven't targeted him more...
“You would think, but I don’t think I’ve had that many balls caught on me. Not to say that I’ve been doing such a great job, but the coaches have done a great job of helping me out with the scheme and preparing me each week on what I have to focus on, instead of focusing on the big picture of the defense. (They) are just giving me my little things to focus on when I have my opportunity to get in there and have a chance to play.”
He is not concerned the Giants will be sending their big three his way on Sunday...
“I am not really thinking about that, but we will see on Sunday," Edelman said. "I am thinking more about just preparing.”
The way the Giants have chewed up defenses this year, he better learn fast. But, if anyone can turn an WR into DB is Bill Belichick. Stay tuned.