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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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 18 vs TEN (5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec, 2 / 12 / 1 rush)
Still playing hurt, Edelman did score the Pats' lone touchdown on a sweep play. However, what he'll be remembered for is a critical drop that basically ended the Pats' potential go-ahead drive and any chance of winning. It was a bad one too - right in his chest. Beyond those two plays, he couldn't do much playing hurt and with so much defensive focus on him. He sorely missed Rob Gronkowski in 2019, as well as other weapons.
2019 Week 17 vs MIA (7 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Once again, Edelman wasn't his normal self, as he's likely playing hurt. Without him, the passing game is really struggling, and it's unlikely one week will get him back to full strength.
2019 Week 16 vs BUF (6 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)
Though he was more involved than last week, Edelman is still clearly playing hurt. He did commit a drop and left the game in the 3rd quarter for a while with an injury, but as usual, he played it tough. A potential bye in the playoffs will really help.
2019 Week 15 vs CIN (5 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
One never wants to speculate, but given how poor Edelman looked on some plays, it's clear his injury designations prior to the game likely played a role in his limited effectiveness. Health will be a huge topic to watch for Edelman. If he is hobbled, the passing game will really struggle.
2019 Week 14 vs KC (12 / 8 / 95 / 1 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
It says something when you have 56% of the receiving yards on your team. That's what Edelman had against the Chiefs, as the was the only consistent option on offense, as usual. His touchdown was on a flea flicker from Tom Brady. He also narrowly missed another on the last play of the game on a nice play from his defending cornerback. He'll continue to be the focal point of the offense, but needs help from players around him.
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 played injured most of 2019 (Sun Jan 12, 02:23 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (rib) played most of 2019 season with a partially torn rib cartilage, according to sources. Edelman suffered the injury during the Week 3 game but did not miss any time. Our View: Edelman is certainly tough as rib injuries often come down to how much pain one can tolerate. He is slated to have offseason knee surgery after dealing with a banged up knee in 2019 too.
link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman arrested Saturday (Sun Jan 12, 01:16 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman was arrested in California Saturday, Jan. 11, and has been charged with misdemeanor vandalism. He allegedly jumped on the hood of a car and caused damage. Our View: Edelman was out and about with former teammate Danny Amendola and former NBA superstar Paul Pierce. He'll likely have to pay a fine and pay for the damages but we don't see the NFL taking any sort of disciplinary action.
link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman will undergo surgeries (Fri Jan 10, 04:46 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee, shoulder) will undergo surgeries on his knee and shoulder this offseason, according to sources. Our View: Edelman is under contract through the 2021 season but the future is unclear for the Patriots at the quarterback position. If Tom Brady moves on then it will be interesting to see what kind of chemistry Edelman can establish with a new quarterback. Either way, Fantasy GMs will be considering Edelman his normal WR2 in PPR formats.
link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman joins rare club (Thu Jan 9, 11:24 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman became only the fourth receiver in league history to catch at least 100 passes in his age-33 season in 2019, joining Jerry Rice (122 in 1995), Larry Fitzgerald (107 in 2016) and Derrick Mason (103 in 2007). Of that group, only Rice's 1,848 receiving yards topped Edelman's 1,117. link to story
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