WR Julian Edelman - New England Patriots
|6-0, 198||Born: 5-22-1986||College: Kent State||Drafted: Round 7|
Edelman stands a good chance in 2014 of again seeing most of the punt returns for New England. While the points cannot hurt in a league that gives fantasy points for return yards, punt returns yield fewer yards than do kickoffs making it a slight increase at best.
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 17): Edelman (hip) was able to return to the Week 11 game against the Indianapolis Colts in the second quarter after leaving the game earlier due to an apparent left hip injury. He'll be evaluated further on Monday.
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Edelman wasn't featured as the Patriots steamrolled the Colts, but he did look good and should get more run in matchups against tougher run defenses like the Lions this week and the Jets in Week 16.
General News (Thu Nov 20): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Nov 19): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 12: vs Detroit Lions
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Tom Brady has been leading an explosive offense over the month of November. New England has crushed high-octane Denver and Indianapolis by 22 points in each contest. Brady threw 19/30 for 257 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions at Indianapolis last week, after roasting the Broncos for 33/53 for 332 yards passing, four TDs and one interception (with one sack taken for -1 yard) two games ago against Denver. Predictably, Rob Gronkowski has led the charge as a receiver with 15 targets for 13/176/2 over the last two games, while Julian Edelman (18 for 14/139/1), Shane Vereen (14 for 9/97/1) and Brandon LaFell (17 for 9/115/1) have all gotten a share of the action. The Patriots' offense is red hot entering Week 12. The Lions' rush D shuts down opposing backs, so they tend to get attacked through the air - last week, Drew Stanton wasn't sacked at all on the way to 21/32 for 306 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown. Ryan Tannehill managed 27/38 for 178 net yards, one TD and one interception at Detroit two weeks ago, while taking three sacks for -29 yards. The Patriots' line has surrendered 16 sacks this year (tied for ninth in the NFL), so Brady isn't particularly vulnerable to pass pressure this season. To date, the Lions' secondary has held up well with 221.5 net passing yards allowed per game on average (fifth in the NFL), with 12 passing scores given out balanced by 12 interceptions (tied for sixth in the NFL) and 26 sacks (10th) generated so far. At home against the Lions' stout D, we think that Brady and company have a tougher-than-usual matchup this week. However, he is so hot right now that benching him is only a move if you are stacked at quarterback with the likes of Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck behind Brady.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 9 vs DEN (10 / 9 / 89 / 1 rec)
A week after barely seeing any action, Julian Edelman was one of the focal points of the offense, making tough catches, scoring a touchdown, and narrowly missing another. Edelman's touchdown came on an in cut from 5 yards out were Tom Brady placed the ball perfectly. Edelman's near touchdown was actually called a touchdown by the referees at first, but was overturned when Edelman bobbled the ball on a diving catch. However, his highlight of the day wasn't any of his 9 catches or 89 yards through the air. Rather, Edelman's 84 yard punt return for a touchdown was a huge momentum swing and gave the Patriots a two score lead early in the 2nd quarter, and they would never look back. Edelman fielded the ball, turned on the jets, ran down the right side of the field, then cut back left. Credit the Patriots special teamers as well for some really solid blocks. The touchdown also made Edelman the Patriots franchise leader in punt return touchdowns.
2014 Week 11 vs IND (8 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec, 2 / 31 / 0 rush)
As the run game clicked on all cylinders, the big story for Julian Edelman was that he was limping for a large portion of the game, which is something that warrants monitoring as the week and season goes on. Edelman had a good end around that netted 25 yards thanks to solid blocking from the linemen and Rob Gronkowski. He also had an end zone target that went too wide and a dropped ball that was a bit behind him. A relatively quiet day for Edelman, though it wasn't his fault.
Latest NewsPatriots | Julian Edelman limited again (Thu Nov 20, 04:54 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) was limited again in practice Thursday, Nov. 20. Our View: If he does play, we see him as a WR3 this week. Edelman has been a bit inconsistent week to week this year and had only seen the end zone twice.
link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman limited Wednesday (Wed Nov 19, 04:48 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19. Our View: Edelman could be a big asset for the Patriots this week as they face a tough front seven of the Lions defense. Having a receiver get open quickly on underneath routes will help Tom Brady get rid of the ball before the pass-rushers of Detroit can get to him.
link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman returns (Sun Nov 16, 09:39 PM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (hip) was able to return to the Week 11 game against the Indianapolis Colts in the second quarter after leaving the game earlier due to an apparent left hip injury. Patriots | Julian Edelman shaken up (Sun Nov 16, 08:49 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (hip) left the Week 11 game against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter due to an apparent left hip injury. link to story
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