The New England Patriots have been the most successful team in the league over the past twenty years. If you ask Adam Gase, he will tell you that this continuity feels like it comes from creating clones.
The New York Jets head coach talked to reporters yesterday about the upcoming game against the Patriots. When a reporter asked him if Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman reminded him of a certain player, Gase shared his take and it’s interesting, to say the least:
“Either Wes (Welker) or Danny (Amendola). I mean, it’s like they’re cloning guys up there, it feels like sometimes.”
Playing against Edelman will be quite the challenge for the Jets, as Gase explained:
“What makes him such a tough cover is he does a great job with the stem of his routes. The way he plays every play, he plays extremely hard. He makes things look the same. He does a great job after he gets the ball of getting vertical. His run-after-catch has really been something that he’s created a lot of yards. There’s so much he can do, inside and outside… He does exactly what those guys need him to do.”
In the last two games, Brady has completed nearly 71 percent of his passes to Edelman, and if you take out a bad pick by the QB, his passer rating on those throws was 113.7. At the same time, Edelman has been the target for a third of New England’s first downs through the air.
Wes Welker was once Brady’s go-to receiver on the team. He amassed 672 catches over six seasons in New England from 2007 to 2012. As soon as he left the team, Edelman took his place to make 105 catches for 1,056 yards in 2013. It’s safe to say there are many similarities between Edelman and Welker, so we kinda get where Gase is coming from.