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WR Julian Edelman - New England Patriots

6-0, 198Born: 5-22-1986College: Kent StateDrafted: Round 7

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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.

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Jan 19): Edelman left Sunday's AFC Championship Game in the second quarter due to a hip injury, but later returned to action and finished the game. He'll be evaluated further on Monday, but this appears to be a minor injury at first blush.

Week 21: vs Seattle Seahawks

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Tom Brady threw 33/50 for 367 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions vs. Baltimore in the Divisional Round of the playoffs; Julian Edelman also threw a TD pass (1/1 for 51 yards and one TD) to Danny Amendola. Rob Gronkowski had 13 targets for 7/108/1 receiving, while Amendola (six for 5/81/2) had one of his best games as a Patriot receiver. Edelman also saw 14 targets for 8/74/0 receiving, while Brandon LaFell handled seven for 5/62/1. Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (four for 4/43/0) and Shane Vereen (five for 4/39/0) also helped out here and there. Against the Colts during the Conference Championship, the Patriots rushed for 40/177/3 while Brady tossed 23/35 for 226 yards, three TDs and one interception (with one sack taken for -6 yards, and three rushes for 13 yards). Edelman led the team in receiving with 11 targets for 9/98/0 receiving, while Vereen (four for 3/41/0), LaFell (six for 4/28/0) and Gronkowski (eight for 3/28/1) were all very involved. The other two TD passes went to offensive tackle Nate Solder (one for 1/16/1) and fullback James Develin (one for 1/1/1). All told, eight Patriots caught passes against the Colts - Brady is utilizing a diverse array of targets during the playoffs. The Seahawks field the league's number one ranked pass D, averaging 185.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores allowed during regular season offset by 13 interceptions (tied for 18th in the NFL) and 37 sacks (20th) generated. They intercepted Cam Newton twice during the Divisional Round game (23/36 for 230 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two fumbles forced by Seattle and two sacks taken for -16 yards, along with another eight hits on Newton by the Seahawks). During the Conference Championship, the Seahawks limited Aaron Rodgers and company to 19/34 for a mere 178 yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -7 yards - they put on two crucial goal-line stands during the first quarter of the game, limiting the Packers to 18- and 19-yard field goals the first two times the Packers penetrated the red-zone. Shaun Hill was intercepted twice, sacked four times for -40 yards, had a fumble and threw zero TDs during the season finale in Seattle (26/37 for 203 net yards passing). Seattle's defenders go for turnovers as well as covering opposing receivers extremely well, having allowed three passing TDs and generated six interceptions over their past three games played. There are injury issues for the Seattle secondary entering this game, though - FS Earl Thomas is playing through a separated shoulder (he'll be in a brace and hasn't practiced much during the run-up to the Super Bowl), while CB Richard Sherman has some degree of elbow injury (conflicting reports have ranged from torn elbow ligaments to an ulnar nerve problem) - Sherman has practiced in full leading up to the big game though and insists the elbow won't be a limiting factor, while Thomas has spoken about needing to rely on his teammates more than usual on Sunday. Even though the Seahawks have some walking wounded in the secondary, they are extremely tough in this phase of the game - advantage, Seattle.

Recent Stats and Projections

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19 vs BAL 0 0 0 14 8 74 0 0
20 vs IND 1 12 0 11 9 98 0 0
21 vs SEA PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 6 * * *
21 vs SEA PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * 7 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 19 vs BAL (14 / 8 / 74 / 0 rec)

Yes, 'Minitron' did drop a pass in the end zone. However, the story of his day wasn't his 8 catches or chain moving or taking tough hits as usual. It was a trick play that completely swung momentum for the Patriots. Tom Brady threw a backwards bubble screen pass to Edelman, who then flicked the ball to Danny Amendola downfield for a 51 yard score. The defense was completely caught off guard, and Edelman, a college quarterback, threw a beautiful ball that some quarterbacks were probably jealous of. You'll see highlights of the play all week, and rightly so.

2014 Week 20 vs IND (11 / 9 / 98 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)

When you have nearly 44% of your team's receiving yards and 9 catches, you're doing something properly. Julian Edelman dominated the Colts passing defense, converting critical third downs aplenty, displaying his usual shiftiness despite playing through a hip injury that briefly saw him go to the locker room. This was just another display of his extreme toughness, as he was clearly favoring his hip at times. His one blemish on the day was a red zone drop, but that was forgiven as the day wore on. Tom Brady also underthrew Edelman on a 22 yard pass that could have gone for more.

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Latest News

Patriots | Julian Edelman returns to game (Sun Jan 18, 08:07 PM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (hip) was able to return to the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Jan. 18, after suffering a hip injury.

Patriots | Julian Edelman heads to locker room (Sun Jan 18, 07:21 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (undisclosed) left the AFC Championship Game in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Jan. 18, due to an undisclosed injury. He walked off to the locker room under his own power.

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