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Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders… Julian Edelman?

Jun 18, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

Julian Edelman, Brian Butterfield (courtesy Edelman)

The New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman is the NFL’s lone two-way player, having filled in admirably at cornerback in addition to his wide receiver duties last season. Apparently, that only scratches the surface of his versatility, though.

“He worked out for us at shortstop and took ground balls and fly balls, and he took batting practice with Group Four, and he just wowed us,” Blue Jays third base coach and infield instructor Brian Butterfield told WEEI.com. “He worked unbelievably hard, and was just soaked by the end of batting practice.”

Edelman hooked up with the Blue Jays through friend J.P. Arencibia. Working out with the team on Sunday, he hit five homers during batting practice, including two “absolute bombs” into the middle deck at Rogers Centre.

Butterfield lauded Edelman’s great footwork around the infield and said that of all the non-baseball players to work out with the Jays, he was “far and away the best I’ve seen by a pretty wide margin. He is a really good player.”

Of course, Edelman isn’t really going to try the two-sport thing. He’s not through with baseball just yet, though, as he is hoping to work out with the Red Sox someday soon.

  1. thetylerrose - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    How about a little love for Brian Jordan? That guy was a beast at safety and played for 15+ in the majors!

  2. dawgpoundmember - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    I miss the good old days when NFL and NBA greats were in baseball, it proved how much harder it was to hit a 2 5/8″ ball in a “17 inch” strike zone than anything else

  3. tastybasslines - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    They forgot M Jordan…although career .230 is not much to write home about.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:58 AM

      People really don’t understand how difficult a feat that was. A guy who hadn’t picked up a baseball bat since he was maybe a teenager, gets thrown right into AA where most of the top prospects are. Proceeds to hit .202 and, by some scout’s accounts, was getting a lot better when he left the game.

      If hitting a baseball is the hardest thing in sports, imagine trying to do it against the games top prospects without swinging a bat for 15 or so years.

      • winkeroni - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:16 AM

        Having seen a documentary about Michael Jordan, you could say I’m a MJ expert, when MJ was asked to cross the line and be a replacement player he said no and went back to the NBA.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:05 AM

        as much as i cant stand ESPN, the 30 for 30 series was phenomenal. the one they did on MJ was great. i really liked how they had one reporter from SI on, who wrote an early article trashing MJs decision, only to write a later one talking about his leaps and bounds improvement. of course SI spiked the second column…

  4. adeedothatswho - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    What about Spencer Larson? He plays fullback and linebacker. Also a Patriot.

  5. aintthenazz - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    FYI – Rashied Davis played receiver and cornerback for the Lions last year.

  6. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Very weak. You might want to check out what Julian Edelman actually did in the NFL the last 2 years before you call him versatile. Yeah, he lined up at CB, but how did he do? And he barely touched the ball on offense. I wouldn’t call it versatile unless you’re at least average at more than 1 thing. He’s a good punt returner. That’s it.

    I know the headline is joking, but Bo was a great RB and an all-star OF, Deion is a CB/PR, and Julian Edelman is very average, at best.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      Someone has Julian Edelman envy!

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        Envious that he’s in the NFL and can hit 5 HR’s in BP, yeah, cuz what person sitting at work right now wouldn’t want to do that…

        I mean, great he hit HR’s in BP and people know who Edelman is, so people will read this and i think it is cool that he can do that. But to catergorize him as “the lone two-way player” and say he had WR duties and “filled in admirably at cornerback” is wrong.

    • crimhollingsworth - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga played 42 snaps at fullback for SF, even had an 18 yard catch. He’s also not a backup like Edelman is.

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      *edit “Deion is a hall of fame CB/PR

      • greymares - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        hall of SHAME a defensive player that wouldn’t tackle

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        and clayton kershaw can’t hit.

        tackling is a really really bad way to judge a cornerback.

      • nolanwiffle - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        Tackling is a bad way to judge a cornerback? Last I checked, the primary goal of any NFL defender is to put an opposing ballcarrier on the ground.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        “Ballcarrier” being the key point as to why you’re just flat-out wrong. CB’s primary goal is to not let the WR catch the ball in the first place. And if youre relying on your 190-200 lb. CB’s to tackle then you have some serious issues with the front 7.

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/E/EdelJu00.htm

      Huge contributor.

    • cosanostra71 - Jun 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      why do you care so much

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM

        Facts, or a good story?

        Awesome comment. You’re as much as a contributor as Edelman.

  7. Jason @ IIATMS - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    I heard the Buckeye plant is a “two-way” player. /satire

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/18/ohio-buckeye-state-tree-status_n_1606280.html

  8. jengibre23 - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Not a red sox guy but i am a patriot fan and if Julian played for the Red sox I would watch.

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