Edelman checks in at No. 87 on NFL's Top 100, thinks he's Batman


Edelman checks in at No. 87 on NFL's Top 100, thinks he's Batman

Julian Edelman missed the final seven games of last season due to a broken foot, but he was still able to break into the NFL's Top 100 player list that is in the process of being revealed.

NFL Network has listed players No. 100 down to No. 81 as of Wednesday night, and Edelman checked in at No. 87. The player ranked one spot ahead of Edelman was Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart at No. 86. Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward came in one spot behind Edelman at No. 88. Players are ranked by their peers for the list.

Despite his injury, Edelman was still able to climb four spots from his 2015 ranking of No. 91.

"He took over Wes Welker's role," said Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats. "Wes Welker was the guy they would have inside doing what they called the whip routes, where they run right at you, and wherever your leverage is, they're running opposite of that.

"That's what he loves to do. You sit outside? He's bursting in. And if you're sitting inside, he's bursting out. He may have seven or eight catches and all of them are in that five or 10-yard range."

As part of the Edelman montage used by NFL Network during its most recent Top 100 episode, there are a handful of mic'd up segments with the receiver either talking to teammates on the sidelines or talking to opponents on the other side of the line of scrimmage.

At one point, viewers get a quick look at the Edelman's sometimes goofy game-day nature, getting into Patriots receiver Danny Amendola's face and saying, "I'm Batman."

You can watch Edelman's entire vignette -- and see where he stacks up with the other players on the list thus far -- on

Martellus Bennett: NFL players just want to smoke weed and play video games

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Martellus Bennett: NFL players just want to smoke weed and play video games

Martelllus Bennett was released by the Patriots earlier this month after reappearing for a two-game cameo following his controversial exit from Green Bay last season.

As he ponders whether to play again, it's probably to safe to guess what he's been spending his time doing. It's what he says all NFL players want to do in the offseason. 

The outspoken tight end talked about the goals of every NFL player in an interview with Complex's "Out of Bounds". 

"You hand the guy a book and they're like...get that thing away from me!" Bennett said, laughing as he fumbled a book. "That thing is the devil. A book? That's the devil!"

Change to pass-interference rule is WAY overdue

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Change to pass-interference rule is WAY overdue

Yes, please, on the proposed adjustment to defensive pass interference. No, thank you on the revised catch rule.

And I know I'm going to have my dreams crushed on both counts.

Despite all the arm-flapping and breath wasted that "NOBODY KNOWS WHAT A CATCH IS ANYMORE!!!!", long-distance pass interference has been a bigger bugaboo for the league for a much longer time.

In 2017, there were 129 pass interference calls longer than 15 yards. The proposed rule change that will be debated at next week's NFL Annual Meeting will make pass interference a 15-yard penalty unless it's egregious and intentional. In those cases, it will continue to be a spot foul

So overdue. For too long offenses have been rewarded by officials on 50-50 balls where DBs and receivers engage in subtle handfighting. It's absolutely illogical to expect middle-aged officials in okay (or worse) shape to keep pace with Gronk-sized receivers and whippet-quick defenders, then make calls on plays 40 yards downfield.

If you're going to throw a flag that gives the offense 40 yards, there should be an extreme degree of certainty accompanies that flag. And too often, the officials are forced to make educated guesses. Next thing you know, Joe Flacco and Rex Grossman are in the Super Bowl.

It's probably the most difficult penalty to call in football, yet it carries the greatest punishment for a defense? What sense does that make? 

I actually think the NFL should go a step beyond and make pass interference reviewable. I'll even make this concession -- it's reviewable only for DPI that puts the ball inside the 10 and is longer than 15 yards. How's that?

"More reviews?!?!? We don't need more reviews?!?!?!"

Okay, but you'll accept them when a dimwit coach argues a spot on a three-yard run that may or may not mean a first down, but not on a play that hands the offense half the field? Come on. Forward thinking.

As for the contention corners are going to begin bludgeoning receivers once they realize they're being beaten deep -- BAM! -- that's where you get the aggravated pass interference (API . . . trademarked 2018) that can be dropped on their heads.

A DB that doesn't turn to face the ball and runs through a receiver? An arm bar all the way downfield preventing a receiver from getting his hands up? A way-too-early arrival? That's API and it's a spot foul. What are the possible negative consequences?

It will now spawn debate as to what's aggravated PI and just garden variety PI. And it asks officials to make another judgment call.

But the truth is, it already is -- in many cases -- a judgment call. And if I were an official reaching for my flag on a Hail Mary from the 43 at the end of the game where there was jostling, I'd sure as hell be happy that I have the option to call garden variety PI and put the ball at the 28 rather than put the ball at the 1.

It's a rule change that makes the game better. That way you don't have calls like this or this. This 55-yarder would be an API (defender hugs Crabtree).

Tellingly, there's no outcry about the need to reform pass interference NOW like there is about the catch rule. You know what needs to happen? A few more plays like this where the Patriots profit. Then you'll see a damn MOVEMENT!