The Seattle Seahawks’ secondary is battling to the finish line.
Strong safety Kam Chancellor has worked back to an All-Pro level after groin ankle injuries followed offseason hip surgery. Four-time All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas has fought through a shoulder injury that currently lists him as questionable. And three-time All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman is now listed as probable after playing through an elbow injury that left him bracing for each snap in the NFC Championship Game last Sunday.
Seattle’s ‘Legion of Boom’ is dealing with the impact of their own impact. In the 22nd week of the NFL season, that is expected. But Julian Edelman doesn’t expect anything less of them next Sunday in the Super Bowl.
“Seattle’s secondary is ferocious back there. They cover a lot of ground, they’re all big,” the New England Patriots wideout said during his Monday appearance on WEEI’s Middays with MFB. “They play in their scheme, they’re well-coached, they play hard. So, you know, it’s definitely gonna be a battle, and we’re going to have to bring our A-game to compete with these guys.”
Edelman reeled in 92 passes for 972 yards and four touchdowns over 14 games during the regular season, before a lingering thigh injury compounded with a concussion to sideline him for the final two.
He’s notched 17 catches for 172 yards, a 51-yard touchdown pass and a 12-yard end-around in two postseason games since then. And while he no longer finds himself on the injury report, the concept itself is relative at this stage, according to No. 11.
“Everyone’s got a little something. Everyone’s sore. Everyone’s this, everyone’s that,” Edelman said. “You expect nothing but their best because this is the last game of the year. You know they’re going to be fired up, they’re going to be prepared, they’re gonna be ready to go.”
Feb. 1 will be the first time Edelman faces the Seahawks, after not suiting up in October of 2012 due to a hand injury, and it will also be his second time in the Super Bowl.
But he’s taking the same approach he would if it were any other opponent, any other game.
“You really just go in, you’re managing your expectations, being level-minded, focusing on your fundamentals, finishing,” Edelman added. “Just going out there and trying to do everything you can each and every day to prepare for this game like it’s another game. It’s not another game, but if you go in with that mentality, it makes it easier.”