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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 3): Edelman is the victim of a Patriots passing game and backfield that are too crowded with options to present reliable weekly plays at this point. He'll still be a tempting WR3/Flex at Miami, but we've seen the floor now.
Week 14: at Miami Dolphins
FBG says: Good matchup. Tom Brady is coming off one of his more efficient games of the season, completing 24 of 32 passes for 311 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The yardage total was his fourth-highest total of the year, and his 75% completion percentage was his second best game in that regard. In his first meeting against the Dolphins, Brady threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions, but he was also without Julian Edelman, and Josh Gordon was just getting his feet wet in the New England offense. Gordon has had at least 70 receiving yards or a touchdown in four consecutive weeks. Edelman is starting to come on as of late, averaging 6.2 receptions for 77.6 yards in his last five games, but he has only one touchdown over that span after catching two touchdowns in his first three games of the year. James White continues to be the Patriots most dangerous receiver and is coming off a seven catch, 92-yard performance against Minnesota. White has at least five catches in nine of his 12 games this year and has eclipsed 65+ receiving yards six times. Rob Gronkowski has been a disappointment this year, as it finally looks as though the injuries he has faced throughout his career have caught up to him. He is not creating separation like we have grown accustomed to seeing, and with a much more balanced Patriots attack, he is not seeing the volume that he has in year's past. The Patriots offensive line has been fantastic this year, allowing only 16 sacks on the season while also leading the league in adjusted sack rate (3.7%). The Miami passing defense has been a source of pride for the Dolphins in 2018, as their run defense has been among the leagues worst, yet their secondary is a big part of why the Dolphins are currently 6-6. The Dolphins suffered a big blow as Xavien Howard is out with a knee injury which could create major issues for this Dolphins secondary. The Dolphins rely on turnovers as they rank second in this category behind only the Chicago Bears, and they are tied for 1st in touchdown to interception ratio, allowing 23 passing touchdowns to 19 interceptions. This is even more impressive when you consider that Deshaun Watson lit them up for five touchdowns (with no interceptions), so if you take out that one outlier game, Miami has forced more interceptions than they've given up touchdowns. The Dolphins rank 15th in total passing yards allowed at 267 yards per game but have not allowed many big games, having given up 300+ passing yards only three times on the season. They will have their hands full this week against a Patriots offense that can beat them regardless of whether Miami slows down the pace of the game. Without Howard, this is a completely different defense that should not be feared and one that could be in for a long game this week.
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 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.
Latest NewsPatriots | Nine receptions for Julian Edelman (Sun Dec 9, 04:45 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman caught nine passes for 86 yards and one touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in Week 14. Our View: Edelman helped keep the chains moving and performed a bigger role in the offense than he has been since Rob Gronkowski came back after the bye. He'll be a solid WR2 against the Steelers next week.
link to story Patriots | Not much for Julian Edelman (Sun Dec 2, 11:07 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman posted three catches for just 25 yards on eight targets in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings. link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman off injury report (Fri Nov 30, 04:06 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 30, and is not on the injury report for Week 13. link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman a full participant (Thu Nov 29, 04:43 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 29. link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman takes part in practice (Wed Nov 28, 06:07 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 28. link to story More News
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