WR Julian Edelman - New England Patriots
|6-0, 198||Born: 5-22-1986||College: Kent State||Drafted: Round 7, pick 2009|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 7): Edelman is over his chest injury and looks comfortable on the field again, scoring and racking up yards against Washington. He should run free in the Giants pass defense and continue his productive ways on Thursday night.
General News (Wed Oct 9): partially participated in Wednesday's practice and is questionable to play this week.
General News (Tue Oct 8): partially participated in Tuesday's practice.
Week 6: vs New York Giants
FBG says: Great matchup. Tom Brady and the Patriots put on a show in the second half against the Redskins after struggling in the first half which has been somewhat of a trend this season as Brady is averaging just 6.8 yards per attempt in the first half of games compared to 8.8 yards per attempt in the second half. Outside of the game against Buffalo which has one of the best secondaries in football, Brady has thrown for 300 yards or more in all but one game this season and that one game he threw for 264 yards in a 43-0 blowout against Miami in which if the game was close would have easily surpassed 300 yards. It seems that the Patriots will once again be without speedster Phillip Dorsett who is dealing with a hamstring injury that also kept him out of the Redskins game. Without Dorsett, the Patriots went with just a two wide receiver set for over 50% of the snaps last week as third receiver Jakobi Meyers only saw 46% of the plays. This is an offense that will run through the three-headed monsters of Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and James White who saw a combined 65% of the targets headed towards those three players. The Giants passing defense has struggled for most of the season as shown by last week's performance in which they gave up 306 yards to the run-heavy Vikings on just 27 pass attempts as Kirk Cousins had the best day of his 2019 season seemingly connecting with Adam Thielen the entire game. This marks the fourth time that the Giants have allowed a quarterback to throw for 250 yards or more and the third time for 300 yards or more ultimately leading to the 5th most passing yards allowed per game in the NFL this season. The issue of the Giants is just a lack of overall talent in the secondary as top corner Janoris Jenkins is no longer the feared cornerback he used to be, and opposite of Jenkins is first-round rookie Deandre Baker who may be the worst cornerback in the NFL has looked like he is not ready to be a starting cornerback. This is a unit that has allowed four wide receivers to go for over 100 yards so far this year as while the cornerbacks have struggled, the safeties have not been much better as Jabrill Peppers is a run-stopping specialist and 35-year old Antoine Bethea is simply average at this point but is overmatched due to the struggling cornerback play. This should be a mismatch from the start for the Patriots passing offense.
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 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 comes up big on TNF (Fri Oct 11, 12:53 AM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (chest) had nine receptions for 113 yards during the team's win over the New York Giants on Thursday, Oct. 10. Our View: Edelman is the clear #1 in the offense and Tom Brady is relying on him with little else working consistently for good gains in the passing game. He's a strong WR2 in PPR leagues heading into a matchup with the Jets.
link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman listed as questionable (Wed Oct 9, 03:39 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (chest) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 9, and is listed as questionable for Week 6. link to story Patriots | New England's Tuesday practice report (Tue Oct 8, 05:41 PM) - New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) did not practice for a second straight day Tuesday, Oct. 8. RB Rex Burkhead (foot), S Patrick Chung (heel), DB Nate Ebner (groin), WR Julian Edelman (chest), WR Josh Gordon (knee) and LB Shilique Calhoun (ankle) were limited. link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman a limited participant (Mon Oct 7, 04:52 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (chest) was limited during practice Monday, Oct. 7. The Patriots did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation. link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman posts 110 yards, TD (Sun Oct 6, 05:18 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman registered eight receptions for a season-high 110 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins. Our View: Edelman appears to be over his chest injury and should be a strong WR2 going forward. The Giants are a great matchup for wide receivers and they are up next.
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