Edelman's 4 phases of work

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Just call him "Slash."PHILADELPHIA – Julian Edelman’s contributions to the Patriots’ 38-20 win over the Eagles came in four different areas.

The breakdown:

Defense – Plays 16 snaps as the sixth defensive back in the dime, and later as the fifth defensive back in the nickel. Finishes with 3 tackles -- one of which was a nice takedown of Vince Young close to the goal-line -- and also blitzes at one time.

Offense – Plays 23 snaps as the third receiver, mostly in the 3 WR/2 TE hurry-up package. His knowledge of the system coupled with Tom Brady’s comfort level with him earns him the time, although he has no catches and no targets.

Punt return – Has two for 13 yards, and adds a fair catch.

Kickoff coverage – Is part of the coverage unit, with Stephen Gostkowski’s strong leg producing 5 touchbacks on seven kickoffs.

It’s no wonder that safety James Ihedigbo now refers to Edelman as “Slash.”