WR Julian Edelman - New England Patriots
|6-0, 198||Born: 5-22-1986||College: Kent State||Drafted: Round 7, pick 2009|
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General News (Wed Dec 4): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 14: vs Kansas City Chiefs
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Patriots passing offense over the last four games has been struggling mightily. While Tom Brady threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns last week, that was mostly in garbage time when the game was already out of hand as this was a unit that struggled for most of the game completing just 51% of their passes. Brady has completed 55% or fewer in three consecutive games and while the first two of those three were mostly written off as weather games, the lack of production is starting to become a concern for the Patriots who are desperately trying to find a second receiving option outside of Julien Edelman. While Mohamed Sanu was active, he played just 22% of the plays for the Patriots and caught just three passes for 14 yards as the Patriots are still trying to find a way to get a return on their trade for a second-round pick earlier this year. Philip Dorsett, Jacobi Meyers, and N'Keal Harry all struggled as well as they had a total of just five receptions amongst the three of them on 14 targets. The Patriots turned heavily to James White in the second half while trying to mount a comeback, and if the receiving troubles continue one would have to question whether the Patriots just have to keep White on the field at a rate much higher than the 40% that he is seeing now. The Chiefs pass defense has been one of the bright spots on the season. While it is not a shut-down unit, it is a unit that has been much improved compared to 2018 where it was one of the worst units in football. The Chiefs have allowed the 17th most yards to quarterbacks per game at 253, and the 17th most touchdowns with 1.5 per game. This is a unit that has allowed just three teams to throw for 300 yards on the year two of which were in garbage time performances in Jacksonville and the Chargers. At the cornerback position, they are by no means an elite unit, but one that has been consistent with very little weaknesses, but the real story has been the play of their safeties as Juan Thornhill and Tyrann Mathieu both have been strong in coverage this season. If there is a weakness in this passing game it is the linebackers covering running backs. On the year, no team has allowed more receiving yards to running backs than the Chiefs as Anthony Hitchens and the linebacking group has struggled for most of the season.
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
2019 Week 13 vs HOU (12 / 6 / 106 / 1 rec, 1 / -7 / 0 rush)
Unfortunately, Julian Edelman can't do it all every game. The Texans had him double covered constantly, yet he still managed to kick out over 100 yards and a score on a play where he ran right by a defender. He also had a 44 yard play on a wide open crossing route that the offensive line gave Brady time on. Again, there isn't much more to say - to this point of the season, Julian Edelman has been the Patriots offense, and he needs help.
2019 Week 12 vs DAL (12 / 8 / 93 / 0 rec)
As usual, Julian Edelman was pretty much the entire passing game, especially with Mo Sanu and Philip Dorsett injured. His highlight play was a 20 yard gain on 3rd and 20 with a nice cut route and a nice slide and throw by Tom Brady. He did have another dropsie, which he tends to do, but it's also clear he's playing hurt, as he can't seem to extend his right arm fully overhead at times. He'll continue to be the focal point of the passing game as the clear #1 option.
2019 Week 11 vs PHI (10 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
With a sample size of 1 pass, Julian Edelman was the best quarterback on the field during the game. Kidding aside, Edelman's highlight play was one you've likely already seen, a trick play where he rifled a strike to Philip Dorsett for a touchdown. Beyond that, he was once again the Pats leading receiver and did look a bit banged up here and there, but finished the game and was the best offensive weapon on a sluggish offensive day.
2019 Week 9 vs BAL (11 / 10 / 89 / 0 rec)
With the Pats going pass heavy, Julian Edelman and Mo Sanu were the entire offense. Edelman made several key grabs, including a great hands snare late in the 2nd quarter to move the Patriots down the field. He also made one of the crucial plays of the game, fumbling away a ball for a score which absolutely killed momentum at a time when the Patriots could have taken the lead in the game. He gets a pass since he rarely fumbles, but sometimes fighting for the extra yard isn't worth it.
2019 Week 8 vs CLE (11 / 8 / 78 / 2 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Meet the one consistent offensive skill player for the Patriots. Julian Edelman accounted for most of the yards (that weren't James White's screen) for Tom Brady, catching key passes including two touchdowns. His first was a stutter slant route in one on one coverage in the middle of the field, and with about 10 yards of space to work with, he beat his defender fairly easily. His second was all Tom Brady, who avoided a sack and slung the ball while running to his right side. Edelman also had a nice 4th down conversion, and nearly had another touchdown but was tackled at the 1.
2019 Week 7 vs NYJ (12 / 7 / 47 / 0 rec, 3 / 20 / 0 rush)
A bunch of quick passes, a smattering of first down catches, and one blatant drop. Sound familiar? This wasn't a big game for Edelman due to game script, and besides a blocking penalty that nullified a touchdown, he didn't do a ton of note. This was even with Josh Gordon out. In more competitive games, you can be sure he'll be heard from in a louder fashion.
2019 Week 6 vs NYG (15 / 9 / 113 / 0 rec)
The basically-one-man offensive show continued, as Julian Edelman led the Pats passing attack and offense. Edelman drew defensive penalties, made a diving catch near the goal line on a deep ball, made contested and open catches over the middle - you name it. With Josh Gordon getting banged up, the show was his, and he ran with it. He will continue to be the focal points of the offense with all the injuries around him.
2019 Week 5 vs WAS (9 / 8 / 110 / 1 rec)
It was only a matter of time before we saw Julian Edelman bust a big game, and bow howdy did he do it against the hapless Redskins defense. His touchdown was a classic case of zone coverage knowledge, as he simply found a soft spot in the middle of a short field. His biggest gain on the day was a slant to the inside in 1 on 1 coverage, where he simply beat his defender on his route and had good run after the catch. Edelman also drew a deep pass interference call that helped set up the Patriots deep in Washington territory, which doesn't show up in the box score. Other than that, when Brady had time to throw, Edelman was often open, and will likely continue to be the #1 option for the offense.
2019 Week 4 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Edelman didn't do much of anything against the Bills, but the same could be said for the entire offense. It wasn't clear if he was less effective because of his injury, but he wasn't the same Julian Edelman, especially since this was the type of slugfest that Edelman thrives in at times (i.e. the Rams Super Bowl). Tom Brady had to get the ball out quick often, but didn't look Edelman's way as much as expected. He'll be fine.
2019 Week 3 vs NYJ (10 / 7 / 62 / 1 rec)
The game started off as the Tom Brady and Julian Edelman show, as the duo was easily on pace for 10+ catches for the game. This included an out route from Edelman on a short touchdown that Brady fired to him despite pressure. However, late in the second quarter, Edelman departed with an injury, cutting short what was likely going to be a big day on the field. Early reports are that he avoided a major injury, but it is definitely worth monitoring the news cycle, as much of the offense flows through him.
2019 Week 2 vs MIA (4 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
With the Pats purposely getting Antonio Brown involved early, Edelman didn't see huge volume in the passing game. He caught each one of his targets, and should see more consistent volumes in competitive games where Tom Brady needs someone to trust.
2019 Week 1 vs PIT (11 / 6 / 83 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Edelman did typical Edelman things against the Steelers, including a trick play showing off his arm, which seems to happen once or twice a season. Edelman did miss a catch, but also caught one in the second half where he was absolutely whacked and still hung onto the ball. There wasn't much rust to speak of, but with all the weapons the Patriots have, it's fair to wonder if he will be as consistent as he usually is in the stat column. That said, the trust he has with Tom Brady is unrivaled.
Latest NewsPatriots | Julian Edelman a limited participant (Wed Dec 4, 07:12 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman tops the century mark (Mon Dec 2, 02:44 AM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (shoulder) had six catches, 106 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 13 loss to the Houston Texans. link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman ready to play (Sun Dec 1, 06:49 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (shoulder) is officially active for the team's Week 13 game. link to story Patriots | Questionable tag for Julian Edelman (Fri Nov 29, 06:02 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is listed as questionable for Week 13. link to story Patriots | New England's Week 13 injury report (Fri Nov 29, 05:05 PM) - New England Patriots TE Ryan Izzo (illness) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Houston Texans. LB Kyle Van Noy (illness) did not practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is listed as questionable. S Patrick Chung (illness, heel, chest), LB Jamie Collins (illness), OL Jermaine Eluemunor (illness), CB Stephon Gilmore (illness), LB Dont'a Hightower (illness), CB Joejuan Williams (illness), OT Isaiah Wynn (illness), LB Ja'Whaun Bentley (knee), OT Marcus Cannon (illness), WR Phillip Dorsett (concussion), S Nate Ebner (ankle, back), WR Julian Edelman (shoulder), CB Jason McCourty (groin), WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring) and OL Byron Cowart (head) were limited in practice Friday and are also listed as questionable. QB Tom Brady (elbow) returned to a full practice Friday and has been removed from the injury report. DE John Simon (elbow) was not given a practice designation for a second straight day but also no longer appears on the injury report. Our View: About a third of the Patriots roster is questionable in another typical chapter of Belichickian gamesmanship. All of the key names on this list should be available on Sunday.
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