Sunday, May 27, 2018
Sports

Pat reprises versatile role

INDIANAPOLIS — Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and the other Giants receivers can't wait to go against the Patriots' Julian Edelman during Sunday's Super Bowl.

And why not? The receiver/punt returner also plays cornerback, a position he's still learning.

Manningham said it will be a mismatch in New York's favor any time he or his fellow wideouts are covered by the former Kent State quarterback, a seventh-round draft pick in 2009 by the Patriots.

"He plays wide receiver," Manningham said. "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."

Cruz, the Giants' top receiver with 82 catches for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns, also said Edelman will be targeted.

"I see he's very raw at that position, obviously, because it's not his dominant position. But he's quick. He's fast, and he carries over a lot of the receiver stuff over to (cornerback)," Cruz said.

"Obviously, it's going to be a position and an area that we'll test out really early and see how it goes and how the game flows."

Edelman is following in the footsteps of former Patriot Troy Brown. Primarily a receiver and punt returner, injuries in 2004 prompted coach Bill Belichick to give Brown snaps at cornerback. (He intercepted three passes.)

Early this season, injuries to cornerback Devin McCourty and safety Patrick Chung prompted Belichick to give Edelman snaps in nickel and dime situations. (He has 22 tackles but no interceptions.)

Before this season, Edelman last played defensive back as a freshman in high school.

"It's ultimately a foreign thing for me," he said. "You're doing everything backward from covering a guy to terminology on the defensive side of the ball. The coaches and the players surrounding me have helped me out a bunch."

Belichick says Edelman is adjusting well.

"He has a knack for it. He picked it up quickly," he said. "He's a smart, hardworking guy. If you ask him to do something, he'll work really hard to get it right and try to do it."

Patriots corner Kyle Arrington said teammates are confident when Edelman moves to defense.

"He has that mentality, that beast mode in him," Arrington said. "He's tough. He's fast. He's physical. I have no worries about Julian. He's good."

Comments
Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

THE BASEBALL LABORATORY IN ST. PETERSBURG — Up is down. Down is up. Hello is goodbye. Goodbye is hello. A reliever is a starter. A starter is a reliever.These are your 2018 Tampa Bay Rays.You never know what's going to happen. And just when you...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have had to get creative in how they start games. Now, after Friday's trade of closer Alex Colome, they might have to get creative in how they finish them.How they handle the ninth inning going forward will be a fluid ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who was trying to resurrect his career with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, said Saturday that he is retiring from football.Freeman, 30, was a first-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2009 and was their starting ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Interesting decision by the Rays to start RH reliever Ryne Stanek on Saturday. The Orioles' Nos. 1 through 5 hitters were righties, and Stanek came in allowing a 1.228 OPS against righties and a .592 OPS against lefties. It ended up working.How ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

What in the name of the 0-26 Bucs is going on here?The breathtaking Vegas Golden Knights are the greatest expansion team in professional sports history. They are the best (or worst) thing to ever happen to our games, having won 51 times during the re...
Updated: 10 hours ago
RAYSREPORT

RAYSREPORT

Today: vs. Orioles1:10, Tropicana FieldTV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)Tickets: $15-$275; available at Tropicana Field, raysbaseball.com, surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of gamePromotion: Raymond children’s book for kids 14 ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Rays Tales: What the trade of Alex Colome and Denard Span leads to next

Rays Tales: What the trade of Alex Colome and Denard Span leads to next

The reality of Friday's surprising trade of Alex Colome and Denard Span to Seattle is, of course, between the extremes.One side is screaming this is the latest proof the Rays are driven more to pocket money than winning games (and, for the loudest, o...
Updated: 12 hours ago

For starters: Rays vs. Orioles; Ryne Stanek makes first start, Carlos Gomez returns

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' bullpenning experiment continues, with right-hander Ryne Stanek to open this afternoon's game against the Orioles at Tropicana Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10.It is the first career start for Stanek, who has ...
Published: 05/26/18

Captain’s Corner: Redfish bite strong on afternoon high tide

Early morning stops at jetty rock piles have produced excellent action for a variety of species. Snook, redfish and trout are the targets. Free-lining live pilchards against the rocks at the strong part of the tide is your best opportunity for snook,...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Bucs rookie CBs quickly catching on

Bucs rookie CBs quickly catching on

TAMPA — If the first few days of organized team activities are any indication, the Bucs secondary could be much improved.Completions may be down, interceptions should be up."A lot of interceptions,’’ coach Dirk Koetter said Thursday after practice. "...
Updated: 12 hours ago