Edelman set to start workouts

BOSTON -- Patriots receiver/cornerback/returner Julian Edelman's final playing time statistics broke down like this during the 2011 season:

Offense -- 179 snaps

Defense -- 125 snaps

His multi-faceted role, which also included work as a punt returner, helped the Patriots out in a pinch. As for where things head from here, Edelman isn't sure.

"Have to be prepared for everything, I guess," he said Tuesday morning during a break from serving pancakes to patients at Children's Hospital-Boston.

After much discussion about his role on defense leading into Super Bowl XLVI, Edelman didn't play on that side in the 21-17 loss to the Giants, which could be a sign that he's headed back to offense on a more full-time basis.

After "winding down" and getting away from football mentally over the last few weeks, he plans to start his offseason workouts in the coming weeks.

"I'll be a little bit of everywhere," he said. "I'm obviously going to hit it hard, and study the film on what I have to prepare, and take the coaching from the coaches, and go from there. I'm excited about the opportunity to get better this offseason, and have to take advantage of it."

On the lighter side, Edelman will ride the Zamboni at tonight's Boston Bruins game.

"I'm going to go out there and support the Bruins. I have a couple of buddies on the team and I'm excited to go out there and get to ride that thing," he said.