WR Julian Edelman - New England Patriots
|6-0, 198||Born: 5-22-1986||College: Kent State||Drafted: Round 7, pick 2009|
Week 21: at Los Angeles Rams
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Tom Brady continues to show that in the playoffs he is just a different quarterback than the regular season. In each of his last two games, Brady has thrown for over 340 yards in both games and has now thrown for over 300 yards in 11 of his last 14 playoff games. This is a unit that has been able to identify the pre-snap read and get the ball out of Brady's hands quickly to James White, Julian Edelman or even Rob Gronkowski who had a vintage Gronkowski game against the Chiefs last week. This is a unit that will take whatever mismatch the defense is willing to give up with the variety of playmakers that the Patriots have on the field. The Rams secondary continues to be a unit that has largely underperformed this season. While the unit has dealt with injuries primarily to Aqib Talib who missed a large portion of the year, the Rams have been a unit that has been a merely average team against the pass compared to the expectations heading into this season with the acquisitions of Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. Peters has been extremely disappointing and will be matched up this week against a combination of Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan. The good news for the Rams this week is that their strength is at the slot corner position as Nickell Robey-Coleman has been one of the best slot corners in the league this year and could pose problems for Julian Edelman in this game. The one concern for the Rams could be their ability to cover Rob Gronkowski in this game as the team has allowed seven tight ends this season to go for over 50 yards and five tight ends to go for over 90 yards.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Julian Edelman's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 20 vs KC (10 / 7 / 96 / 0 rec)
Edelman taketh, but Edelman certainly giveth. Beyond a couple boneheaded plays, Edelman was absolutely clutch once again, and is now one of the all-time leaders in most postseason receiving stats. His grabs in overtime were huge plays in tough spots, and both came on 3rd and long situations. However, he did almost cost the Patriots on a couple plays. One was a punt 'muff' that Edelman went for on a bounce, but on replay, it avoided his fingertips by about an inch. The Chiefs would have recovered otherwise and the game would have totally turned around. Edelman also had a pass go off his fingertips and into a defender's hands, causing an interception. Still, in 1 on 1 situations, Edelman was a go-to in his usual middle of the field. He will be the core piece of the game against the Rams for the Pats.
2018 Week 19 vs LAC (13 / 9 / 151 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Of all the great performances by the Patriots against the Chargers, Julian Edelman may have had the best of them all. Edelman whipped the Chargers secondary, getting open constantly for huge plays. His best play was probably his 35 yard gain on a double move, where he snared a ball many receivers would not have caught on an absolutely gorgeous throw from Tom Brady. Edelman also took a huge body-folding hit on one of his catches, but hung onto the ball and looked no worse for wear. It was just one week, but it was a great sign to see Edelman getting open against a scheme that he should beat.
2018 Week 17 vs NYJ (6 / 5 / 69 / 1 rec, 2 / 24 / 0 rush)
Though Josh Gordon's departure left Edelman as the 1A receiver in New England, he was utilized less than Chris Hogan, who the Pats made a concerted effort to get the ball to. Still, Edelman had a good day, catching his usual short and medium passes, and was left wide open on his touchdown catch in the 4th quarter.
2018 Week 16 vs BUF (10 / 6 / 70 / 1 rec)
Julian Edelman was the Patriots leading receiver against the Buffalo Bills. Edelman moved the chains from the slot and added a long touchdown. The touchdown was a bit of a fluke, as Edelman was tackled to the ground, but rolled over two Buffalo defenders without contacting the ground. Edelman was able to get back to his feet and run untouched into the endzone. Edelman was the clear focal point in the passing offense, after Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely during the week. Edelman will face the Jets next week.
2018 Week 15 vs PIT (11 / 7 / 90 / 0 rec)
Edelman was the loan catalyst for the Pats offense and was close to an even bigger day. With Edelman getting open easily, Tom Brady started funneling targets towards Edelman even if it was a detriment to the offense. Edelman's longest play of the day came when Edelman was running up the seam and two Pittsburgh defenders crashed into each other. Edelman also almost tied the game up for the Pats. On his last shot at the end zone, Tom Brady fired down the middle of the field towards Edelman. If the pass was even three feet lower Edelman might have made the reception and tied the game.
2018 Week 14 vs MIA (12 / 9 / 86 / 1 rec)
Julian Edelman was a big part of the reason the Pats had as many points as they did, working the short field particularly well against the Dolphins. He was targeted a whopping 12 times, and caught most of those targets, though many were single digit gainers to set up better situations. His touchdown was a spinning move mid-route that saw him get open on the side of the end zone against single coverage. Business as usual for one of Tom Brady's top targets.
2018 Week 13 vs MIN (8 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec, 2 / 35 / 0 rush)
It wasn't Edelman's best day through the air, as he didn't contribute much by way of yards or catches. He also dropped a critical third down pass, as the game was still in question at that time. However, he did have 2 designed runs which saw big chunk gains, highlighting his versatility in other ways.
2018 Week 12 vs NYJ (5 / 4 / 84 / 1 rec)
Though he only caught 4 passes, Edelman certainly made them count, as they included a touchdown and a couple chunk gains. His touchdown was a catch and run where he simply barreled over defenders near the end zone, while his long catch saw him wide open in a soft zone spot. He was upended in a scary tackle on the play, but got up no worse for wear. Edelman will continue to be a high value receiver moving forward.
2018 Week 10 vs TEN (12 / 9 / 104 / 0 rec)
Though his stat line was big, Edelman's totals are a bit misleading, as he was funneled targets due to a big Pats deficit early in the game and continuing throughout the game. As a result, most of his catches weren't necessarily manufactured, but many of them came with the game out of hand. Edelman also left in the 4th with an ankle injury, something worth watching. He does have the bye week to get right, however.
2018 Week 9 vs GB (10 / 6 / 71 / 0 rec, 2 / 28 / 0 rush)
Two reverses. A passing completion. A reception off a flea flicker. Oh, and his usual complement of tough catches. All in a day's work for Julian Edelman, who was utilized in a variety of different ways. His passing play was a cross-field completion to James White on a screen play, while Edelman was left open on his flea flicker reception. Edelman did see 10 targets, which may have been slightly inflated due to Gronk being an inactive, giving Edelman the middle of the field to himself for several plays. As Gronk's health is a concern, Edelman will continue to play his normal important role.
2018 Week 8 vs BUF (10 / 9 / 104 / 0 rec, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)
Along with James White, Edelman dominated the short and middle of the field, routinely catching passes and moving the chains. He converted a 3rd down run thanks to a Tom Brady "block" as well. Edelman certainly has a chance for more big games even though the Pats do have plenty of weapons.
2018 Week 7 vs CHI (8 / 5 / 36 / 1 rec)
Though he had 8 targets and Gronk was out, Edelman's only significant play was his touchdown. The play was a designed screen with Edelman bull rushed into the end zone, running over defenders in the process. Other than that, all of Edelman's catches were extremely short, and he could not get much going after the catch. Credit the Bears for shutting him down fairly well.
2018 Week 6 vs KC (7 / 4 / 54 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
With Tom Brady spreading the ball around, Edelman didn't have a monster day, but he shouldn't be expected to now. His touchdown was a nicely lofted ball by Tom Brady in which Edelman simply ran past his defender for an easy score with nice separation. He also converted a critical third down in the 4th quarter, but beyond that, actually played less snaps than Josh Gordon.
2018 Week 5 vs IND (9 / 7 / 57 / 0 rec)
Back but with some rust to show for it, Edelman was integrated right away into the game plan, catching 3 passes on the first drive of the game. The rust showed on a huge drop on a third down that could have easily gone for 20+ yards, along with a couple other routes that weren't quite 100%. As he gets more and more comfortable out there, he and James White will form a great security blanket duo for Brady.
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