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WR Julian Edelman - New England Patriots

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

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Summary

While many might worry that Julian Edelman's numbers could drop significantly with the talented Brandin Cooks in town, we think the reverse might be true. With a legitimate number one in town, defenses are going to have to change how they cover Edelman. Cooks for the most part will be running outside routes, which means the secondary is going to have to focus more coverage there. That means fewer safeties or extra corners covering Edelman, and more linebackers. This could result in a more effective Edelman, though with so many weapons his overall yardage production is likely to drop back under 1000 yards. Still, this is a good position to be in and Edelman, facing more mismatches due to defensive scheme, should have a very good season. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 26, 18, 21, 23, 23, 24, 25, 25, 25, 26, 26, 26, 29, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 34, 35, 38, 55
Overall Redraft - 58, 34, 43, 44, 46, 47, 53, 54, 56, 57, 58, 60
WR Redraft PPR - 26, 16, 18, 18, 21, 23, 23, 24, 24, 24, 24, 24, 25, 26, 26, 29, 30, 30, 32, 34, 35, 38, 55
Overall Redraft PPR - 54, 31, 34, 38, 44, 44, 46, 50, 52, 57, 57, 58, 58, 60
WR Dynasty - 50, 37, 41, 44, 53, 54, 54, 58, 78

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2014 NE 14 10 94 0 134 92 972 4
2015 NE 9 3 23 0 88 61 692 7 1
2016 NE 16 12 57 0 159 98 1106 3 2
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 6 * * 81 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 14 2 * * 85 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 70 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 14 * * 81 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 52
WR: 23
Overall-PPR: 50
WR-PPR: 23

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Latest News

Patriots | Julian Edelman sticking around? (Sun May 21, 08:40 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman is in the final year of his contract, but former teammate Heath Evans said he doesn't expect a contract dispute like the one that saw WR Wes Welker leave New England and sign with the Denver Broncos in free agency. 'I don't think we're going to see that with Jules,' Evans said. 'I think Jules embraces the grind-it-out-for-the-common-good mentality.'

Our View: Edelman is underpaid for a wide receiver who consistently produces at a high level. This is his age-31 season, and we expect him to be just as productive as ever since he's Tom Brady's most trusted target. If he wants to stay with the Patriots past 2017, Edelman will likely have to accept some sort of team-friendly deal.
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2017 Schedule

1vs Kansas City Chiefs
2@ New Orleans Saints
3vs Houston Texans
4vs Carolina Panthers
5@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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