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WR Julian Edelman - New England Patriots

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

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19 vs KC 51 1 11 0 16 10 100 0 0 11.1
20 at DEN 80 0 0 0 13 7 53 0 0 5.3

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 20 vs DEN (13 / 7 / 53 / 0 rec)

A very quiet day for Edelman, as the defense covered him well and Tom Brady had no time to throw. As a result, Edelman's day was unremarkable save for a critical 4th down conversion during the last drive. He should be back and play a key role in 2016, though another good wide receiver complement on the outside should help him with coverage.

2015 Week 19 vs KC (16 / 10 / 100 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)

A healthy Edelman makes a world of difference for the Patriots offense, and it showed, as Edelman's 16 targets and 10 catches paced all Patriots receivers. He had a few early game blatant drops, but settled in nicely thereafter, catching tough balls all over the place and moving sticks. His long was 14 yards, so there were no big plays to speak of, but he did what he does so well after getting the drops out of the way.

2015 Week 10 vs NYG (5 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)

The big news of the day was a broken foot for Julian Edelman. Reports say he may be back for the playoffs, but this is an enormous loss for the Patriots the rest of the way. Edelman has by far the most chemistry with Tom Brady of any player on the Patriots.

2015 Week 9 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 55 / 1 rec)

Most of Edelman's day was the first drive of the game, as he converted two first downs and capped everything off with a touchdown score. His touchdown saw him catch a short pass, dart towards the end zone and dive to barely make it in. Other than that, it was a fairly quiet day for Edelman, as Tom Brady spread the ball around liberally and the running attack was fairly successful.

2015 Week 8 vs MIA (9 / 7 / 81 / 2 rec)

For a small guy, Edelman is sure good at getting into the end zone. His first score was a curl route that saw him in coverage against a linebacker. Edelman caught a pass at the 3 yard line, then dove into the end zone for a score. His second touchdown was a slant route that had him juke outside at first, causing his defender to play catch up in coverage. Beyond that, Edelman looked much better in terms of catching the ball, and it's not unreasonable to think his hand injury is nearly behind him.

2015 Week 7 vs NYJ (9 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)

Partially because of Darrelle Revis shadowing him and partially after-effects of his pinky injury and some big hits, Julian Edelman was not the primary focus of the offense, which is rare. He did have a couple drops, including a bad one that should have been an easy touchdown catch on 3rd down. However, he did make up for it with a stellar 3rd and 17 conversion that saw an improvised in-cut against a zone defense. Edelman will have better days, especially as he puts his licks behind him.

2015 Week 6 vs IND (10 / 6 / 50 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

There was good and there was bad for Edelman. The good was his toughness and determination. Edelman's touchdown saw him get crunched by two defenders, and cameras showed his pinky completely mangled thereafter. This led to Edelman bobbling an easy pass on the next drive, allowing a safety to intercept the ball and return it for 6. However, Edelman also had an amazing 4th down conversion on a rush. He was stymied in the backfield by two defenders as soon as he got the ball, but somehow juked them and dove for a first down. The play put the 'Edelman' in 'Incredelman', and as long as his pinky is in somewhat decent shape, he'll be fine going forward.

2015 Week 5 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 120 / 1 rec)

Though Edelman only saw 5 targets, he made the most of them, including a 59 yard touchdown that some might argue was a pick play. Still, Edelman ran a wheel-type route to get open, and made 4 defenders miss on his way to the endzone. It was a great effort for the Pats' go-to receiver. Interestingly, most of his catches were still chunk plays, something that isn't always seen. His low target count was due to gameplanning and Tom Brady only firing off 27 attempts.

2015 Week 3 vs JAX (11 / 8 / 85 / 0 rec)

Week 3 was Edelman's first game without double digit receptions, perhaps an indicator of the fact that the game was largely over midway through the third quarter. Had the game been tighter, Edelman would have no doubt reeled in 10+ receptions yet again. Still, he operated as normal on short and intermediate routes, making defenders miss and displaying shiftiness all over the field. He did have a drop, but beyond that, Edelman wasn't part of any hugely notable plays.

2015 Week 2 vs BUF (19 / 11 / 97 / 2 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)

19 of Tom Brady's 59 attempts went Julian Edelman's way. No surprise, then, that Edelman had double digit receptions and 2 scores. His first score was mostly Brady, as the QB scrambled right and found Edelman while on the move. Edelman's second score was a short throw that turned into a big gain, eluding a tackler and diving into the endzone. Julian did have a drop or two, but his repeated critical catches and conversions more than made up for those drops. In one instance, right after a drop on a would-be first down, Edelman gained 12 yards on an end around the very next play. Edelman will continue to operate as a high volume target in one of the most pass heavy offenses in the NFL.

2015 Week 1 vs PIT (12 / 11 / 97 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Though Gronk stole the show with his touchdowns, Edelman had a huge impact on the game, reeling in short catch after short catch, taking big hits, and showing the competitiveness he's shown throughout his NFL tenure, constantly jawing and barking at defenders after schooling them. One of the biggest impacts he made on the game was a pass interference from roughly 40 yards out that set the Patriots up at the 1 yard line, allowing Scott Chandler to score 2 plays later. Whatever injury bothered Edelman in the preseason didn't show up against the Steelers, as he was Brady's favorite target on the night.


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