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.
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Edelman has been almost as hot in the second half of 2014 as he was in the second half of 2013, and many thought that was impossible. With the Jets deferential secondary up next. Edelman is a terrific Week 16 play.
General News (Sat Dec 20): will miss Sunday's game.
General News (Fri Dec 19): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.
General News (Thu Dec 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Dec 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 16: at New York Jets
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This is an AFC East grudge match, so season records aren't really relevant - the Jets and the Patriots play each other tough every time they clash. Their last meeting was in Week Seven, when the Patriots prevailed 27-25 by blocking a last-second field-goal attempt by the Jets. Tom Brady bombed New York with 20/37 for 261 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions with one sack for -1 yards, finding Danny Amendola (three for 1/19/1 receiving) and Shane Vereen (eight for 5/72/2 receiving) for the TD catches. Since Week Seven the Patriots have won six and lost one game thanks to Brady's prowess as a passer - last week, New England threw 21/35 for 287 yards passing, two TDs and one interception against the Dolphins. Rob Gronkowski (eight targets for 3/96/1 receiving), Julian Edelman (10 for 7/88/1) and Brandon LaFell (eight for 6/66/0) combined to handle most of the targets from Brady last week. The Jets' pass D is ranked 20th in the NFL averaging 242.3 net passing yards allowed per game, with 29 passing scores given up vs. a mere five interceptions and 34 sacks generated (tied for next-to-last in the NFL and 13th in the NFL, respectively). Last week, Tennessee managed 16/35 for 253 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions, with one sack taken for -7 yards. This is a good matchup for the Patriots despite being on the road to MetLife Stadium.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs GB (10 / 7 / 48 / 0 rec)
Similar to last week, the story against the Packers was Julian Edelman's health. He had his thigh dinged up, and as a result, didn't play every snap. Edelman's biggest play was a critical 4th and 3 conversion on an out route from the Patriots' own territory. He also ran a crossing route a yard short of the first down on a third down, something you won't see often. The injury didn't seem severe, but is worth monitoring.
2014 Week 14 vs SD (12 / 8 / 141 / 1 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
It was the Julian Edelman show against the Chargers, giving folks déjà vu of earlier on in the season when Edelman was a monster in the passing game. Edelman took tough hits, ran his usual underneath and intermediate routes, but his highlight of the day clinched the game for the Patriots with the way the defense was playing. Edelman's 69 yard touchdown was a display of a great leaping catch and eluding two defenders, one of which was basically wrapped around his leg. How Edelman avoided that tackle is a mystery, but it was a great play, especially given where in the game it came. He did have one drop, but that's easily forgiven given the rest of his game.
2014 Week 15 vs MIA (10 / 7 / 88 / 1 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Much of the day was the Julian Edelman show, especially the first quarter that saw Edelman touch the ball 4 times in 5 plays, including a jet sweep. He was his usual self, getting pinballed around on hits and running underneath routes. Edelman did fumble on a catch, but luckily recovered his own fumble. He also committed a blatant drop on a 2nd and 11 play, something he could have taken for 15 or so yards. On the plus side, he did score a touchdown in 1 on 1 coverage off play action, simply beating his defender on an out route for an easy score.
Latest NewsPatriots | Julian Edelman not dressing (Sun Dec 21, 11:31 AM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (concussion) is inactive Sunday, Dec. 21. link to story Patriots | Week 16 Inactives (Sun Dec 21, 11:30 AM) - The New England Patriots have declared CB Alfonzo Dennard, OG Dan Connolly, RB James White, OT Jordan Devey, WR Julian Edelman, CB Kyle Arrington, RB LeGarrette Blount inactive for Week 16. Our View: Shane Vereen and Jonas Gray will get more work today, Vereen especially with Edelman and Blount out.
Patriots | Julian Edelman out for Week 16 (Sat Dec 20, 05:58 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 16. Our View: The target structure for the Patriots will be different this week. We should see more targets for Brandon LaFell, plus the Patriots could use more of Shane Vereen as a receiver out of the backfield. Edelman didn't receive final clearance from the concussion protocol to play Sunday, Dec. 21.
link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell questionable (Fri Dec 19, 05:11 PM) - New England Patriots WRs Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion) and Brandon LaFell (shoulder) were both limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and are questionable for Week 16 against the New York Jets. Our View: Edelman should be good to go for Sunday in a terrific matchup, but check back in to be sure on Sunday morning.
link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell limited (Thu Dec 18, 04:58 PM) - New England Patriots WRs Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion) and Brandon LaFell (shoulder) were both limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 18. Our View: We see Edelman as a WR2 with upside this week and LaFell as a low-end WR2. Both face very little in the way of opposition from the Jets 'secondary' which is in quotes because it's really just a title, not a description of what they do.
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