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Julian Edelman is one of the toughest wide receivers for NFL defensive backs to cover, just ask one of his former New England Patriots teammates.

Miami Dolphins cornerback Aqib Talb, who spent a little more than one season with the Patriots from 2012 through 2013, was asked Tuesday on FOX Sports 1's "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" about which wide receiver is the toughest to cover. It didn't take long for Talib to mention Edelman.

"He cuts off his inside foot -- he'll go this way, and it's supposed to be a left-foot stick and go this way, but he goes (with) a right-foot stick. His feet are so weird. He changes directions, and then, to put the icing on the cake, he got Tom Brady," Talib said. "And they're like joined at the hip or something, joined at the head. He knows when to throw him the ball. He knows when to wait a little bit longer and let him get to the second window. It's just weird. He runs his routes -- he's not the fastest guy, he's not the quickest guy, but he's super strong. You have to tackle him once he catches it. Just knowing which way he's going to break is super weird."

Edelman gave Talib and the Los Angeles Rams defense fits during Super Bowl LIII. The veteran receiver tallied 10 receptions for 141 yards on 12 targets. The Patriots won 13-3 and Edelman was named Super Bowl MVP. The video below provides one great example of how Edelman tormented Talib in Super Bowl LIII:

 

The 33-year-old wideout is having a tremendous 2019 season, too. He's caught 63 passes for 663 yards and four touchdowns through the first nine games. Edelman has tallied an average of 8.4 receptions and 84.7 yards over the last five games.

The Patriots have the best record (8-1) in the AFC entering their Week 10 bye.

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