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Edelman and a full-time role at CB

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Julian Edelman was around the ball Sunday.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- During CBS' broadcast of the Patriots' victory over the Eagles, analyst Dan Dierdorf said the following after Julian Edelman blitzed and put a good hit on quarterback Vince Young: "If Edelman doesn't watch out, his days as a receiver might be over for a while."

It's a question that has been asked by several Patriots followers in recent days; would the team consider Edelman in a full-time role as a slot cornerback?

Bill Belichick didn't rule out the possibility when asked Wednesday, but added that it's too early in the process to make any firm decision.

"I’d say that’s a good question," Belichick answered. "He’s certainly been competitive, I’ll say that. I think the question with young players always is, when does it start to level out? Any player, at any position. And once it starts to level out, you have to say to yourself, ‘OK, is that good enough? Is that leveled out or that small incline, is that good enough?’

"If it is, then great, you can leave him there. If it isn’t, then ‘OK, are we going to come up short there?’ As long as the curve is climbing, where is it going to stop? Well, I don’t know. Is it going to stop here? How far up is it going to get? As long as it’s moving in that direction ... I think you kind of have to [have] enough time, enough experience, enough reps to where you can try to make a decision as to whether you think that it’s leveled or it’s going to continue to improve.

"I think we’re too early in the running to know that so we keep going until we can figure it out."