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Julian Edelman

American football player

Julian Francis Edelman[1] (born May 22, 1986) is a former American footballwide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons with the New England Patriots. He played quarterback at Kent State and was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Patriots, where he transitioned to a return specialist and wide receiver role. Edelman became a primary offensive starter by his fifth year in 2013 and was a staple of New England's receiving corps until his retirement following the 2020 season.

Although never selected to a Pro Bowl, Edelman was one of the NFL's most productive postseason receivers. He ranks second in postseason receiving yards (1,442) and receptions (118), along with holding the Super Bowl records for punt returns (8) and first-half receptions in a single game (7). A three-time Super Bowl winner, he was the receiving yards leader during his victories in Super Bowl XLIX, Super Bowl LI, and Super Bowl LIII. Edelman was named Super Bowl MVP of the lattermost where he had 10 catches for 141 yards, more than half of his team's total receiving yardage.

Early years[edit]

Edelman was born in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Redwood City, California, to Angela (née Gole) and Frank Edelman, a mechanic who owns an A-1 Auto Tech.[2] He has two siblings, Jason and Nicole.[3][4][5] Edelman was raised as a Christian and his ancestry includes Greek, English, Scottish, Irish, Ashkenazi Jewish, and German.[6] His mother was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, to German parents who had lived in Belgium.[7]

Edelman played varsity football and baseball at Woodside High School in Woodside, California.[8] He was extremely small as a freshman, weighing under 100 pounds (45 kg) before he hit his growth spurt.[9] He was the quarterback for his high school team, and as a senior he led the Wildcats to a 13–0 record in 2004.[10] During his high school career, Edelman had 2,237 yards and 29 touchdowns passing, in addition to 964 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing.[11]

College career[edit]

After high school, Edelman spent a year attending the College of San Mateo. There, he threw for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns, rushed for a school-record 1,253 yards and 17 touchdowns.[12] He then transferred to Kent State University, where he majored in business management.[13] At Kent State, Edelman was a three-year starter at quarterback. His senior year, Edelman was the Golden Flashes' leading passer, completing 56% of his passes (153 of 275 passes for 1,820 yards), throwing 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He was also their leading rusher, gaining 1,370 yards on 215 attempts (an average of 6.4 yards per carry) and scoring 13 touchdowns. His total offense broke Joshua Cribbs's single-season school record, set in 2003.[14][15]

Statistics[edit]

Season Team GP Passing Rushing Combined
CmpAttPctYdsAvgTDIntRtgAttYdsAvgTDTotal YardsTotal TDs
2006Kent State1113424255.41,8597.71011124.41696583.972,51717
2007Kent State89818951.91,3187.079113.11184553.921,7739
2008Kent State1215327555.61,8206.61311118.82151,3706.4133,19026
Total[16]3138570654.54,9977.13031119.25022,4834.9227,48052

Professional career[edit]

Edelman was not invited to the 2009 NFL Combine. At his March 12 Pro Day, he ran the short shuttle in 3.92 seconds; the fastest time at the Combine that year was 3.96 seconds.[18][19]

2009 season[edit]

The New England Patriots, who had conducted private workouts with Edelman before the 2009 NFL Draft, selected him with the 27th pick of the seventh round (232nd overall), ahead of Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer, who joined the Patriots as a free agent. Several analysts suggested that the Patriots may have selected Edelman for his potential in a Wildcat formation.[20][21] On July 16, 2009, Edelman signed a four-year contract with the Patriots that included a $48,700 signing bonus.[22] Edelman later stated that he knew he lacked the ability to make an NFL roster as a quarterback, so before the draft he prepared himself to play at positions other than quarterback.[23] The BC Lions placed Edelman on their "negotiation list," a list of American players for which they have exclusive negotiating rights,[24] and offered him a three-year, incentive-heavy contract to play quarterback.[24][25]

On August 13, 2009, in a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Edelman returned a punt 75 yards, and he made the team over former Eagles wide receiver Greg Lewis, for whom the Patriots had given up a fifth-round draft pick in 2009.[26]

Edelman missed the Patriots' Week 1 game against the Buffalo Bills with an ankle injury, but he made his first career start in the Patriots' 16–9 loss in Week 2 against the New York Jets, which was also the first game Wes Welker had missed since becoming a Patriot in 2007. Edelman led all receivers with eight receptions for 98 yards, and added 38 yards on two kickoff returns and 2 yards on a punt return, for a total of 138 all-purpose yards.[27]

Edelman broke his arm in the Patriots' 59–0 rout of the Tennessee Titans, and did not accompany the Patriots on their trip to London to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At the time of his injury, Edelman was leading all rookies with 21 receptions. He returned with the Patriots' Week 10 game against the Indianapolis Colts, where he scored his first official NFL touchdown on a 9-yard reception from Brady.[28]

When Welker was sidelined for the season after tearing two knee ligaments against the Houston Texans, Edelman was again called on to fill Welker's role; Edelman caught 10 of the 15 passes thrown to him for 103 yards, the first 100-yard game of his NFL career. He finished the regular season with 37 receptions for 359 yards and one touchdown. He also made six punt returns as well as 11 kickoff returns, gaining 304 yards in all on 17 returns.[29]

In the Patriots' Wild Card Roundplayoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Edelman caught six passes from Brady for 44 yards, including both of the Patriots' touchdowns.[30] Edelman became the first rookie to score two receiving touchdowns in one postseason game since David Sloan did so for the Detroit Lions in the 1995 season.[31]

2010 season[edit]

In the 2010 season, Edelman saw a decrease in playing time; through 15 games, he had four receptions for 14 yards. In the Week 17 game against the Miami Dolphins, with Welker, Deion Branch, and Aaron Hernandez inactive, Edelman capitalized with three receptions for 72 yards and a 94-yard punt return touchdown.[32] It was the first punt return touchdown by a Patriot since Troy Brown returned one against the Carolina Panthers in the Week 17 of the 2001 season, and the longest punt return in Patriots franchise history, eclipsing an 89-yard return by Mike Haynes in 1976.[33]

Edelman set a franchise record by averaging 15.3 yards per return,[34] which was second in the league after the Bears' Devin Hester.[35] For the 2010 season, Edelman played in 15 games with seven receptions for 86 yards and 321 return yards on 21 punt return opportunities.[36] In the Divisional Round against the New York Jets, Edelman had a 12-yard reception in the 28–21 loss.[37]

2011 season: First Super Bowl appearance[edit]

During the 2011 season, Edelman was used primarily as a kick and punt returner. During the Patriots' Week 10 game against the New York Jets, because of injuries to the Patriots' secondary, he was pressed into service as a defensive back during the fourth quarter; he earned his first tackle on defense by stopping running back LaDainian Tomlinson on a play in which Tomlinson injured his knee.[38]

During the Patriots' Week 11 game on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs, he played defensive back in nickel and dime situations. He also returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown, which helped him earn his first AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award.[39] In Week 12, he was nominated for the NFL's "Hardest Working Man" for his Week 12 performance against the Philadelphia Eagles, in which he made an open-field tackle on Vince Young to prevent a touchdown.[40] For the 2011 season, Edelman played 13 games with four receptions for 34 yards and 584 return yards on 40 kickoff and punt returns.[41]

In the AFC Championship, on January 22, 2012, against the Baltimore Ravens, Edelman played on 27 of 67 offensive snaps at wide receiver, catching one pass that converted a third down attempt, and 27 of 73 defensive snaps at cornerback, often covering the Ravens' Anquan Boldin; Edelman was credited with a forced fumble on the Ravens' final drive.[42] The Patriots went on to win the AFC Championship, but lost Super Bowl XLVI to the New York Giants. Edelman had three kickoff returns for 73 net return yards in the game.[43]

2012 season[edit]

Edelman's snap count increased in the first two games of the 2012 season, including a Week 2 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals in which he started over Wes Welker.[44] After suffering a hand injury in the Patriots' Week 3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Edelman was inactive for the next three games.[45] He then saw limited duty until the Patriots' record-tying Week 11 win against the Indianapolis Colts, in which he had one of the best games of his career.[46] Edelman caught five passes for 58 yards and a two-yard touchdown, picked up 47 yards on a single rushing attempt on a reverse play, and returned two punts for a total of 117 yards. The first of those punt returns was a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown, giving Edelman three punt return touchdowns, tying the Patriots franchise mark. Edelman had 105 yards of total offense and 222 all-purpose yards with two touchdowns.[47]

Four days later, on Thanksgiving Day, Edelman scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter of the Patriots' victory over the New York Jets, in which they tied a franchise record with five touchdowns and 35 points in one quarter; he recovered a Jets' fumble and returned it 22 yards on a kickoff return, and then caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady.[48] Although he left early in the third quarter with a head injury, he became the first player since the AFL–NFL merger with both a receiving touchdown and a return touchdown in consecutive games. In a game against the Miami Dolphins on December 2, Edelman broke his right foot and was placed on injured reserve. He missed the remainder of the season.[49] Overall in 2012, Edelman played in nine games with 21 receptions for 235 yards and 301 return yards on 20 kickoff-punt combined return opportunities.[50]

2013 season[edit]

Edelman became a free agent after the 2012 season. He re-signed with New England on a one-year deal on April 10, 2013.[51]

In the 2013 season opener, Edelman scored both of New England's touchdowns in their 23–21 win over the Buffalo Bills. He also had three punt returns for a total of 32 yards, which gave him a career total of 75 returns for 975 yards.[52] Edelman became the NFL's all-time leader in career punt return average, with 13.0 yards per return, surpassing the 12.8-yard average of former Chicago Bear George McAfee, although his average dropped below 12.8 shortly afterward.[53]

Edelman had nine catches on 11 attempts for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a historic Week 12 comeback victory at home over the Denver Broncos; the Patriots overcame a 24-point halftime deficit, scored 31 unanswered points, and kicked the winning field goal in the closing minutes of overtime. Edelman outperformed Denver's triplet star wide receivers combined.[54] In Week 17, Edelman became the third Patriots player in team history to catch over 100 passes in a season in the Patriots' 34–20 win over the Buffalo Bills in their second divisional matchup.[55] 2013 became a breakout season for Edelman as he played in all 16 games making 105 receptions for 1,056 receiving yards and 35 punt return opportunities for 374 yards.[56] The Patriots won the AFC East and faced the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round. In the 43–22 victory, he had six receptions for 84 receiving yards.[57] In the AFC Championship against the Denver Broncos, he had 10 receptions for 89 receiving yards in the 26–16 loss.[58]

Edelman became a free agent after the 2013 season. On March 15, 2014, he re-signed with the Patriots on a four-year deal for $17 million.[59][60]

2014 season: First Super Bowl win[edit]

Edelman started 14 games for the Patriots in 2014. He had 92 receptions for 972 receiving yards, as well as four touchdowns.[61] In a Week 9 matchup against the Denver Broncos, Edelman returned a punt 84 yards for his fourth career return touchdown, passing Troy Brown for the most punt return touchdowns in Patriots history.[62] In a Week 14 game against the San Diego Chargers, Edelman caught a pass from Tom Brady then broke two tackles and ran for 69 yards for a touchdown; it was the final touchdown of the game that led the Patriots to a 23–14 win.[63]

The Patriots won the AFC East and returned to the playoffs. Edelman recorded his first NFL touchdown pass on his first NFL pass attempt in the Patriots' Divisional Round game against the Baltimore Ravens. After receiving a lateral pass from Brady, Edelman threw a forward pass to Danny Amendola, who scored a 51-yard touchdown to tie the game at 28–28. According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, the pass was the longest touchdown pass thrown by a non-quarterback player in NFL playoff history, and makes Edelman one of six NFL players with a perfect postseason passer rating of 158.3.[64] In the AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts, he had nine receptions for 98 receiving yards in the 45–7 victory.[65]

In Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks, Edelman led all receivers in yardage with 109 yards on nine receptions (teammate Shane Vereen had 11 receptions). His touchdown reception with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter—his only touchdown reception of the postseason—was the final go-ahead score of the game, putting the Patriots up 28–24. For the postseason as a whole, Edelman led all receivers in both receptions (26) and receiving yards (281).[66][67]

2015 season[edit]

On September 10, Edelman started for the Patriots against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season-opening game on Thursday Night Football. He led the Patriots in yards and receptions, recording 11 receptions for 97 yards, in the 28–21 victory.[68] In the Patriots' second game of the season against the Buffalo Bills, Edelman got 11 catches, which made it the first time in his career he had back-to-back games with at least 10 catches. Edelman then caught four passes on five targets for 120 yards against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5.[69]

Against the New York Giants on November 15, Edelman suffered an injury to his fifth metatarsal on his left foot that required him to undergo foot surgery on November 16, 2015.[70] He was expected to be back on the field in six to eight weeks, in time for the playoffs, though that was contingent on the recovery process.[71] Through nine games, Edelman had made 61 catches for 692 yards and seven touchdowns.[72] Edelman returned for the Divisional Round against the Kansas City Chiefs. Edelman had 10 catches for 100 yards to help the Patriots defeat the Chiefs 27–20 and advance to the AFC Championship game for the fifth consecutive year.[73] In the AFC Championship, Edelman had 7 receptions for 53 yards, but the Patriots lost 20–18 to the Denver Broncos.[74] For his efforts in 2015, Edelman was ranked 87th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[75]

2016 season: Second Super Bowl Championship[edit]

On September 15, 2016, Edelman was fined $26,309 for a hit on a defenseless player when he hit linebacker Deone Bucannon helmet-to-helmet.[76] In Week 13, against the Los Angeles Rams, he had eight receptions for 101 yards in the 26–10 victory.[77] In Week 17, Edelman got a block by newcomer wide receiver Michael Floyd on a catch and run that led to a career-long 77-yard touchdown in a 35–14 win over the Miami Dolphins.[78] He finished the game with eight receptions for 151 yards, earning him AFC Offensive Player of the Week.[79] He became the first Patriots wide receiver to receive the award since Randy Moss in 2007.[80] He finished the season with a career-high 1,106 receiving yards on 98 catches. For his efforts in 2017, Edelman was ranked 71st by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[81]

In the Patriots' Divisional Round victory against the Houston Texans, Edelman caught his 70th postseason pass, breaking Wes Welker's Patriots franchise record. Edelman recorded eight catches for 137 yards in the win[82] as the Patriots reached the AFC Championship Game for an NFL record sixth consecutive season. In the AFC Championship, Edelman caught eight passes for 118 yards in the 36–17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.[83] The Patriots advanced to an NFL record ninth Super Bowl appearance.

During Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons, Edelman made five catches for 87 yards.[84] The highlight was an unusually difficult catch in the fourth quarter, where the pass was first tipped into the air by cornerback Robert Alford and it appeared that it would fall incomplete, but Edelman and three defenders (Alford, Ricardo Allen, and Keanu Neal) lunged at the ball, and, after it bounced off Alford's leg, Edelman made the reception just inches above the ground. It was ruled a catch on the field and withstood a challenge from Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. NFL Films called the play, which was chosen for the cover of Sports Illustrated,[85] "the greatest catch in Super Bowl history".[86] Edelman's catch sustained a historic comeback for the Patriots, who trailed the Falcons 28–3 late in the third quarter before winning 34–28 in overtime.[87][88][89]

2017 season: Missed season due to injury[edit]

On June 8, 2017, Edelman signed a two-year, $11 million contract extension with the Patriots, with $9 million guaranteed through the 2019 season.[90] On August 25, in the team's third preseason game against the Detroit Lions, Edelman tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which prematurely ended his 2017 season.[91][92] He was placed on injured reserve on September 2, 2017.[93] Without Edelman, the Patriots finished 13–3 and reached Super Bowl LII.[94] The Patriots lost 41–33 to the Philadelphia Eagles.[95]

2018 season: Super Bowl MVP[edit]

In February 2018, it was reported that Edelman expected to be ready to play by the 2018 training camp.[96] On June 7, it was announced that Edelman was expected to be suspended for four games due to a violation of the policy against using performance-enhancing drugs.[97] On June 26, Edelman appealed the suspension;[98] on July 3, his appeal was denied. Edelman missed the first four games of the season, and was activated on October 2. He played on Thursday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts, where he caught seven passes for 57 yards.[99] In Week 8, against the Buffalo Bills, he had nine receptions for 104 yards in the victory on Monday Night Football.[100] In Week 10, in a loss to the Tennessee Titans, he posted nine receptions for 104 yards once again.[101] On December 29, Edelman was fined $63,504 for three personal foul penalties in Week 16.[102] He finished the 2018 season with 74 receptions for 850 receiving yards and six touchdowns.[103] The Patriots finished with an 11–5 record and earned the #2 seed in the AFC in the playoffs.[104]

In the Divisional Round against the Los Angeles Chargers, he had nine receptions for 151 yards in the Patriots' 41–28 victory.[105] In the AFC Championship against the Kansas City Chiefs, he had seven receptions for 96 yards in the 37–31 overtime victory.[106] In Super Bowl LIII, in a 13–3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, Edelman caught 10 passes on 12 targets for 141 yards, an effort for which he was named Most Valuable Player (MVP). He became the first wide receiver to win Super Bowl MVP since Santonio Holmes did so in Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.[107] He finished the postseason with 26 receptions for 388 yards, totals high enough to move him into second place all-time in playoff receptions and receiving yards behind Jerry Rice.[108] Edelman is the first Jewish football player to be named Super Bowl MVP.[109]

Edelman's MVP award drew criticism as it came in the same season he was suspended for using an unspecified performance-enhancing substance,[110][111][112] although some articles noted that much of the criticism came from baseball writers.[113] The NFL prohibits players suspended for PED use from receiving awards given by the league or the NFL Players' Association.[114] In a post-Super Bowl interview, Edelman apologized, saying, "It'll never happen again."[115]

His performance in the 2018 playoffs has also led to debate over whether he should be considered a viable candidate for the Hall of Fame, despite a relative lack of regular-season production.[116]

2019 season[edit]

On May 21, 2019, Edelman signed a two-year, $18 million contract extension with the Patriots with $12 million guaranteed, keeping him under contract through the 2021 season.[117] In Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Edelman caught six passes for 83 yards and threw one pass for 32 yards in the 33–3 win.[118] In Week 3 against the New York Jets, Edelman caught seven passes for 62 yards and his first receiving touchdown of the season in the 30–14 win.[119] However, he suffered a rib injury in the second quarter that forced him out of the game.[120] Edelman rebounded from his injury in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins; he had eight receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown; he became the first Patriot to record at least 100 yards all season.[121] In Week 6 against the New York Giants, Edelman recorded nine catches for 113 yards in the 35–14 win. In the game, Edelman surpassed Stanley Morgan for the third most receptions in Patriots history.[122] In Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns, Edelman caught eight passes for 78 yards and a season-high two touchdowns in the 27–13 win.[123] In Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Edelman caught five passes for 53 yards and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett II in the 17–10 win.[124] In Week 13 against the Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football, Edelman caught six passes for 106 yards and a touchdown during the 28–22 loss.[125] In Week 17 against the Miami Dolphins, Edelman caught three passes for 26 yards during the 27–24 loss. In the game, Edelman reached 100 catches on the season.[126] He finished the 2019 season with 100 receptions for 1,117 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns.[127] In the AFC Wild Card game against the Tennessee Titans, Edelman caught three passes for 30 yards and rushed two times for 12 yards and a touchdown during the 20–13 loss.[128]

2020 season[edit]

During Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks, Edelman finished with eight receptions for a career-high 179 receiving yards as the Patriots lost a close game 30–35 on NBC Sunday Night Football.[129] In Week 6, against the Denver Broncos, he completed two passes in the game on trick plays in the 18–12 loss.[130] On October 31, 2020, Edelman was placed on injured reserve after undergoing minor knee surgery.[131] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on November 30, 2020,[132] and moved back to injured reserve on December 10.[133] On December 16, 2020, Edelman was designated to return from injured reserve, opening a 21-day window for the Patriots to activate him to the active roster,[134] but head coachBill Belichick announced on January 1, 2021, that he would not be activated before the end of the season.[135]

Retirement[edit]

Edelman announced his retirement on April 12, 2021, following 12 seasons with the Patriots.[136] His retirement occurred after the Patriots terminated his contract due to a failed physical.[137] Following this announcement Bill Belichick issued a statement that praised Edelman's competitiveness and mental and physical toughness, calling him the "quintessential throwback player" due to his versatile skill set, and said that it was a privilege to coach him. Robert Kraft, in his statement, called Edelman "one of the great success stories in our franchise’s history".[138] In a social media post Tom Brady wrote about his affection for Edelman as a player and friend,[139] and Cam Newton posted that Edelman would be missed.[140]

Following his retirement, he did a series of podcast interviews reviewing his career, including Pardon My Take[141] and Green Light with Chris Long,[142] a teammate of Edelman during the 2016 season. Shortly after retiring from the NFL, he announced he would start a media career, and would join the cast of Inside the NFL on Paramount+.[143] Speculation immediately emerged that he would later return to the NFL to play with former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including a remark by Brady himself; Edelman denied the rumors, claiming he's "a one-team guy".[144]

His retirement also re-triggered debate over whether he should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame; the discussion began following his MVP performance in Super Bowl LIII.[145] Those arguing against point to his lack of Pro Bowl nominations and other usual metrics for evaluating NFL careers.[146] Those arguing for pointing to his roles on three Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams[147] and his ranking second all time in post-season receptions and receiving yards.[148]

NFL career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Returning Passing Fumbles
GPGSRecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDRetYdsAvgLngTDCmpAttPctYdsTDIntRtgFumLost
2009NE117373599.7291252.55066310.535010
2010NE15378612.34002147.01302132115.394110
2011NE1304348.5110482.0604058014.572131
2012NE932123511.256344511.34702030115.068111
2013NE16111051,05610.14462115.5703537410.743060
2014NE14139297210.669410949.42502529912.084150
2015NE996169211.35973237.712010818.119011
2016NE1613981,10611.377312574.890181799.923032
2017NE00Did not play due to injury
2018NE12127485011.5366910711.9200201547.725022100.04300118.710
2019NE16131001,11711.24468273.49011919.019022100.04710158.331
2020NE612131515.049022211.023022100.03800118.700
Total137856206,82211.07736584137.14702072,61212.694566100.012810158.3256
Source:[149]

Postseason[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Returning Passing Fumbles
GPGSRecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDRetYdsAvgLngTDCmpAttPctYdsTDIntRtgFumLost
2009NE116447.324212828.028000
2010NE1111212.012011111.011024221.041000
2011NE302199.51101−1−1.0−10710815.431000
2012NE00Did not play due to injury
2013NE211617310.82715367.215000
2014NE332628110.82312199.5120914315.945011100.05110158.320
2015NE22171539.019011111.011011616.016000
2016NE332134216.34812147.01207669.4260010.000039.600
2017NE00Did not play due to injury
2018NE332638814.93502157.58010777.716000
2019NE1133010.02002126.07110
Total19151181,44212.248511817.41214251612.34501250.05110135.430
Source:[149]

[edit]

In 2016, Edelman became one of three Patriots (along with Malcolm Mitchell and Martellus Bennett) to publish a children's book. Edelman's book, Flying High, is about a squirrel named Jules who learns to overcome his physical limitations through hard work and the assistance of a goat named Tom.[150] A sequel, Flying High 2, loosely based on Edelman's "greatest Super Bowl catch" against the Atlanta Falcons, was released in December 2017.[151]

On October 24, 2017, Hachette Book Group published Edelman's memoir, Relentless, written with Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston.[152]

Edelman also has his own clothing brand, JE11. He has collaborated with Joe's Jeans on a line of shirts and jeans, and with Cutters Sports on a line of football gloves.[153]

He has also made a number of cameo appearances on TV, including episodes of the HBO sports dramedyBallers[154] and the reality competition America's Next Top Model.[155] He has also presented twice at the Grammy Awards, in 2015 with teammate Malcolm Butler[156] and 2019 with teammate Devin McCourty.[157] He also appeared in a Puma advertisement campaign in 2015.[158]

Together with Danny Amendola, he was featured in a 30-minute NFL Network special, NFL Going Global: Edelman & Amendola, chronicling their promotional trip to Mexico City ahead of the Patriots' 2017 game there.[159]

Coast Productions[edit]

In 2019 Edelman co-founded a production company, Coast Productions, with ad executive Assaf Swissa. Their first venture was the 2019 documentary 100%, about Edelman's recovery from a 2017 ACL tear and the 2018 NFL season; it aired on Showtime.[160] In April 2021, after Edelman's retirement, ViacomCBS signed a multi-year development deal with Coast Productions. As part of the deal, Edelman will join Inside the NFL as an analyst as it moves to Paramount+.[161]

Legal issues[edit]

Paternity suit[edit]

In July 2016, Edelman was named in a paternity suit filed by Swedish model Ella Rose, with whom he had a casual relationship, naming him as the father of her unborn daughter.[162] After initially contesting paternity, Edelman eventually acknowledged it and his daughter was born in November,[163] though he was not named on the birth certificate.[164]

Vandalism[edit]

Around 9:00 p.m on January 11, 2020, Edelman was cited by Beverly Hills Police Department after he allegedly jumped on the hood of a car in Beverly Hills, California, causing damages. Edelman was cited for misdemeanor vandalism. In April 2020 the charge was dropped by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office since the car owner had been compensated for the repairs and Edelman had no criminal record.[165]

Personal life[edit]

Edelman dated Brazilian model Adriana Lima on-and-off from 2016 to 2017.[166][167] In an interview with the magazine Haute Living in 2019, Edelman went into detail about how challenging and rewarding he finds being a father. He explained that fatherhood has changed his perspective on life.[168]

Edelman's paternal great-grandfather, Harry Edelman, was Jewish; after emigrating from Poland to England, he married Mabel Hennessey, a woman of Irish Catholic background, Julian's great-grandmother.[169][170][171] As an adult, Edelman has experienced what he described as a "Jewish awakening."[172] During an NFL Network interview in December 2013, Edelman stated that he identifies as Jewish and celebrates Hanukkah; he has become "more attuned to the religion and history."[7] In 2014 he wore an Israeli-American flag pin on his hat during a game against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium.[173][174] He also voiced support for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: he wore an Israeli flag hat following the Patriots' win against the Green Bay Packers on November 4, 2018,[175] and wore a pair of customized cleats bearing the hashtag #strongerthanhate in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 16, 2018.[176] Edelman shared a photo of the cleats on Instagram and listed the names of all the victims in the photo's caption.[177]

In response to Meyers Leonard's use of an Antisemitic slur during a Twitch stream,[178] Edelman posted an open letter inviting Leonard to a Shabbat dinner with him in Miami.[179]

See also[edit]

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Julian Edelman was re-signed by the New England Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 18, 2014 ... Originally drafted by New England in the seventh round (232nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft ... Re-signed by New England as an unrestricted free agent (4/11/13).

Julian Edelman was re-signed by the New England Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 18, 2014 ... Originally drafted by New England in the seventh round (232nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft ... Re-signed by New England as an unrestricted free agent (4/11/13) .

  • Became just the seventh wide receiver to be named Super Bowl MVP for his performance in Super Bowl LIII vs. the Los Angeles Rams (2/3), catching 10 passes for a total of 141 yards as the focal point of the offense in the franchise's sixth Super Bowl victory.
  • Through 2019, sits second in Patriots history with 599 receptions, fourth with 6,507 receiving yards and eighth with 36 touchdown receptions.
  • Selected to the New England Patriots 2010s All-Decade Team at receiver and returner.
  • Recorded his second-career 100-reception season and set a new career mark with 1,117 yards in 2019 while adding another six touchdowns on the year. Joined Wes Welker (5) as the only two Patriots receivers to record multiple 100-catch seasons in team history. Also posted his third career 1,000-yard receiving season, behind only Wes Welker (5) and Rob Gronkowski (4) for most in Patriots annals.
  • Joined Troy Brown and Wes Welker as the only Patriots with 90-plus receptions in consecutive seasons. Through 2019, has recorded four 90-reception seasons, second-most in franchise history behind Wes Welker's five.
  • Holds the franchise record for postseason receptions with 118, second-most in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (151).
  • Set a new franchise record and moved into second place all-time for most postseason receiving yards (1,442) behind Jerry Rice (2,245).
  • One of 14 players in NFL history with 1,000 yards receiving (1,442) in the postseason.
  • Registered the most receptions from Tom Brady in the quarterback's career with 571 connections between the two.
  • In 2018, surpassed Deion Branch and Rob Gronkowski for most 100-yard receiving games by a Patriot in the playoffs with six. Six 100-yard receiving performances in the postseason are tied with Michael Irvin for second-most in NFL playoff history behind Jerry Rice (8).
  • Completed a 51-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola in the AFC Divisional Playoff win vs. Baltimore (1/10/15), setting an NFL playoff record for the longest pass completion and touchdown pass for a non-quarterback. It was his first career pass attempt and the first touchdown pass by a Patriots player other than a quarterback since 2004.
  • Scored on his first career rushing touchdown and became the second Patriot wide receiver to ever rush for a touchdown in the postseason with a 5-yard rushing touchdown during the 2019 AFC Wild Card Round. Joined Deion Branch (2005) as the only receivers to accomplish the feat.
  • Has compiled 56 rushing attempts for 391 yards in his career, most ever by a Patriots wide receiver.
  • Posted the longest rush by a wide receiver in franchise history - a 47-yard run in a win vs. Indianapolis (11/18/12).
  • Earned his first career Pro Bowl invitation in 2014 after finishing eighth in the NFL with 92 receptions.
  • In 2010, set a franchise record for the highest punt return average in a single-season with a 15.3-yard average, which led the AFC and finished second in the NFL behind Chicago's Devin Hester (17.1-yard return average). Also had a 15.5-yard return average in 2012 but was limited to 17 punt returns in nine games due to injury.
  • Has totaled 177 punt returns for 1,986 yards during his career, an 11.2-yard average, which is third-best in Patriots history and 17th-highest in league annals.
  • Currently holds the team record with four punt return touchdowns.
  • Set a franchise record with a 94-yard punt return for a touchdown vs. Miami (1/2/11).
  • Was forced into action as a defensive back due to injuries for eight games in 2011 and made 14 tackles.
  • Caught five passes for 57 yards in the season-opening win over Miami (9/13). Reached 600 career receptions on his first catch of the game, becoming the second player in team history to reach the plateau (Wes Welker - 672). Also had one rushing attempt for 23 yards, his third rushing attempt for 20 or more yards.
  • Set a career high for receiving yards with 179-yards on 8 receptions. Edelman had a Patriots long 49-yard reception in the fourth quarter and averaged 22.40yards per catch in a loss at Seattle (9/20)/
  • Made two catches for 23 yards, highlighted by a 15-yard grab on a second quarter drive that led to a field goal in a win over Las Vegas (9/27).
  • Made three catches for 35 yards, highlighted by a 19 yard grab that put the Patriots deep into Kansas City (10/5) territory. Now has at least one reception in his last 90 games and is one of the seven players with at least one catch in their last 90 games.
  • Had two receptions for 10 yards in a Week 6 loss vs. Denver (10/18). Also threw two passes on the Patriots final drive, one to James White for 22 yards and another back to Cam Newton for 16 yards. It is the first time in his career that he has two pass attempts in a single game. Including the postseason, Edelman is now 7-8 for 179 yards with two touchdowns for a perfect passer 158.3 passer rating. Edelman is 6-6 for 128 yards and one touchdown pass in the regular season. Edelman joins RD Andy Johnson (Sept. 6, 1981 vs. Baltimore) and RB Dick Christy (Nov. 18 1960 vs Dallas Texans) as the three non-quarterbacks who had completed 2 passes in a game.
  • Started at wide receiver for the first time this season in a Week 7 loss vs San Francisco (10/25). Made on catch for 13 yards.
  • Was placed on IR ahead of Week 8
  • Played in all 16 regular-season games with 13 starts and totaled 100 receptions (fifth in NFL) for a career-high 1,117 yards and six touchdowns. Averaged 6.25 receptions per game, fifth-most in the NFL. Also rushed eight times for 27 yards and returned one kickoff for 19 yards.
  • Completed both passes he attempted for 47 yards and a touchdown. Overall, Edelman is now 4-for-4 for 90 yards with one touchdown in the regular season for a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
  • Caught at least one pass in each game, bringing his streak of 86 consecutive games with at least one reception into 2020. That mark is the seventh-longest streak in the NFL heading into 2020.
  • Posted three 100-yard receiving performances in the regular season:
  • Week 5 at Washington (110)
  • Week 6 vs. N.Y. Giants (113)
  • Week 13 at Houston (106)
  • Posted one 10-reception performance in the regular season:
  • Week 9 at Baltimore (10)
  • Started and was a key contributor on offense making six catches for 83 yards, rushing once for eight yards and completing a pass to RB James White that went for 32 yards and helped set up the game's first touchdown in the season-opening victory vs. Pittsburgh (9/8). Became the sixth Patriot player to reach 500 career receptions.
  • Started and contributed offensively with four catches for 51 yards in the victory at Miami (9/15). His 8-yard reception in the first quarter moved him into fifth place all-time in franchise history for all-purpose yards, surpassing Irving Fryar's 8,464 yards.
  • Hauled in seven passes for 62 yards including a 3-yard touchdown reception from QB Tom Brady before exiting the game due to injury late in the first half of the win vs. the N.Y. Jets (9/22).
  • Finished with eight catches for 110 yards and a touchdown in the win at Washington (10/6). Moved past Rob Gronkowski into fourth place on the Patriots all-time receptions list and tied Irving Fryar for fifth place on the all-time yardage list with his performance.
  • Finished with over 100 yards receiving for the second consecutive game with nine catches for 113 yards in the win vs. N.Y. Giants (10/10). Moved past Irving Fryar for fifth place on the all-time yardage list and passed Stanley Morgan for third in franchise history in receptions (537) with his performance. His second consecutive 100-plus yard performance also marked the second time in his career that he surpassed 100 yards receiving in back-to-back games.
  • Started at wide receiver and caught eight balls for 78 yards and two touchdowns in the win vs. Cleveland (10/27). His two receiving touchdowns tied a career-best for a single game and marked the fifth time in his career that he's reached that level.
  • Made a season-high 10 catches for 89 yards in the loss at Baltimore (11/3). Had 10 catches in a game for the eighth time in his career and passed Troy Brown (557) with 562 career receptions, second in team history. Also became the fifth player in team history to eclipse 6,000 career receiving yards.
  • Started at wide receiver and hauled in five receptions for 53 yards in the win at Philadelphia (11/17). Threw his first regular-season touchdown pass on a 15-yard completion to WR Phillip Dorsett II in the third quarter, which proved to be the game-winning score in the 17-10 victory.
  • Recorded eight catches for 93 yards in the win vs. Dallas (11/24). Also lined up to return punts for the first time during the season due to an injury to WR Mohamed Sanu Sr.
  • Caught six passes for 106 yards in the loss at Houston (12/1). With six receptions, Eclipsed 100 receiving yards for the third time in 2019 and 14th time in his career. Edelman's touchdown catch gave him 35 career touchdown connections with QB Tom Brady, moving him past Wes Welker (34) for the third-most touchdown connections with Brady.
  • Started at wide receiver and caught eight passes for 95 yards and one touchdown on a 37-yard flea flicker in the loss vs. Kansas City (12/8). Passed Troy Brown for fourth on the Patriots all-time receptions list and eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards on the season for the third time in his career. Extended his streak of consecutive games with at least five receptions to nine games.
  • Started at wide receiver and registered five catches for 72 yards in the win vs. Buffalo (12/21). Left the game in the third quarter due to injury and returned in the fourth quarter, making a 30-yard reception on the game-winning drive and catching the two-point conversion to give the Patriots a 24-17 lead late in the game. His first reception broke a tie with Wes Welker to give Edelman the most career connections with Tom Brady at 568.
  • Caught three passes for 26 yards in the loss vs. Miami (12/29). His three catches helped him reach the 100-catch mark on the season and joined Wes Welker as the only receivers in franchise history to have multiple seasons reaching the mark. Finished the regular season with 1,117 receiving yards, setting a new career-high.
  • Started at wide receiver and caught three passes for 30 yards while carrying the ball twice for 12 yards including a 5-yard touchdown run in the AFC Wild Card loss vs. Tennessee (1/4). Edelman's touchdown run was the first rushing touchdown of his career and made him the second wide receiver in Patriots history to run for a touchdown during the playoffs (Deion Branch, 2005). Edelman's three receptions moved him to 118 career postseason receptions, second-most all-time (Jerry Rice, 151). Also returned one kickoff for 10 yards in the game.
  • Started all 12 regular-season games he appeared in and totaled 74 receptions for 850 yards and six touchdowns. Also tallied nine rushing attempts for 107 yards and completed the first two regular-season pass attempts of his career for 43 yards. Returned 20 punts for 154 yards on special teams.
  • Started all three postseason contests and led the team with 26 receptions for 388 yards and rushed twice for 15 yards. Returned 10 punts for 77 yards on special teams.
  • Missed the first four games of the season due to NFL suspension.
  • Posted two 100-yard receiving performances in the regular season:
  • Week 9 at Buffalo (104)
  • Week 11 at Tennessee (104)
  • Compiled two 100-yard receiving performances in the playoffs:
  • AFC Divisional Playoff vs. L.A. Chargers (151)
  • Super Bowl LIII vs. L.A. Rams (141)
  • Started his first game back from a four-game suspension and contributed with seven receptions for 57 yards while also handling punt return duties, with two punts returned for 20 yards during the victory vs. Indianapolis (10/4).
  • Started and caught four balls for 54 yards, including a 17-yard second quarter touchdown reception to give the Patriots a two score lead late in the first half of the victory vs. Kansas City (10/14).
  • Started at receiver and finished with a game-high 104 yards on nine receptions, marking his first 100-yard effort of 2018 in the win at Buffalo (10/29).
  • Started and caught six balls for 71 yards, while also rushing twice for 28 yards in the victory vs. Green Bay (11/4). Also completed his first regular-season pass to RB James White for a 37-yard gain. In the fourth quarter with the score tied at 17, that put the Patriots deep into Green Bay territory on the go-ahead touchdown drive.
  • Started and caught a game-high nine passes for 104 yards, while also completing a pass that went for 6 yards to QB Tom Brady for the second straight week in the game at Tennessee (11/11).
  • Started at receiver and caught four pases for 84 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown reception that broke a 13-13 tie in the third quarter of the win at N.Y. Jets (11/25).
  • Started and caught a game-high nine passes for 86 yards at Miami (12/9), including a 2-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter that helped QB Tom Brady pass Peyton Manning for the most touchdown passes all-time (regular season and playoffs combined) in NFL history.
  • Started and made six receptions for 70 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown reception on a catch-and-run effort on fourth down in the third quarter that gave the Patriots a two-score lead in the win vs. Buffalo (12/23). His six receptions moved him past Ben Coates and into fifth place all-time on Patriots receptions list. Also handled punt return duties with two returns for 37 yards.
  • Caught nine passes for a postseason career-high 151 yards, setting a new Patriots mark with his fifth career 100-yard postseason receiving game in the AFC Divisional Playoff win vs. L.A. Chargers (1/13).
  • Caught a game-high seven passes for 96 yards, including two clutch receptions on third down during the game-winning overtime drive in the AFC Championship victory at Kansas City (1/20).
  • Became just the seventh wide receiver to be named Super Bowl MVP for his performance in Super Bowl LIII vs. the Los Angeles Rams (2/3), catching 10 passes for a total of 141 yards as the focal point of the offense in the franchise's sixth Super Bowl victory. Eight of his 10 receptions resulted in first downs. His 141-yard performance gave him 1,412 career postseason receiving yards and pushed him into second place all-time on the postseason receiving yards list, trailing only Jerry Rice (2,245). His sixth 100-yard receiving game in the postseason pushed him into a tie with Michael Irvin (6) for second-most in NFL postseason history, trailing only Jerry Rice (8).
  • Suffered a knee injury in the preseason at Detroit (8/25) and was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 2.
  • Appeared in all 16 regular-season games with 13 starts and led the team with 98 receptions for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. Also rushed 12 times for 57 yards, returned 15 punts for 135 yards, three kickoffs for 44 yards and made one special teams tackle.
  • Ranked fourth in the NFL with 98 receptions and posted seven or more receptions in a game nine times.
  • Started all three postseason contests and led the team with 21 receptions for 342 yards and one touchdown. Also rushed twice for 14 yards, returned seven punts for 66 yards and attempted one pass that fell incomplete.
  • Posted two 100-yard receiving performances in the regular season:
  • Week 13 vs. Los Angeles (101)
  • Week 17 at Miami (151)
  • Compiled two 100-yard receiving performances in the playoffs:
  • AFC Divisional Playoff vs. Houston (137)
  • AFC Championship Game vs. Pittsburgh (118)
  • Caught four passes for 37 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady in the third quarter to mark his first score of the season in the win at Buffalo (10/30). His first quarter rushing attempt was the 36th of his career, pushing him in front of Irving Fryar for the most rushing attempts by a Patriots receiver.
  • Led the team with eight catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in the win at San Francisco (11/20).
  • Led the team with eight receptions for 83 yards in the win at N.Y. Jets (11/27).
  • Finished with a team-high eight receptions for 101 yards to mark his first 100-yard game of 2016 in the win vs. Los Angeles (12/4).
  • Led the Patriots with five receptions for 89 yards in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (12/24) and also returned two punts for a total of 12 yards.
  • Set a career-long when he scored on a 77-yard touchdown in the third quarter of the win at Miami (1/1) to finish with eight total receptions for a career-best 151 yards. The performance marked Edelman's 11th career 100-yard game and also led him to finish with his second career 1,000-yard receiving season after setting a single-season best with 1,106 yards. Earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.
  • Set a franchise record for most postseason receptions with 76 after turning in an eight-catch performance for 137 yards in the Divisional Round victory vs. Houston (1/14). Marked his third career 100-yard postseason game and also added one rush for 12 yards in the win.
  • Hauled in nine catches in the Patriots AFC Championship victory vs. Pittsburgh (1/22). Moved past Deion Branch for the most receiving yards in Patriots postseason history. His 118 receiving yards in the game marked the fourth 100-yard game of his postseason career and his second straight 100-yard game of the 2016 postseason. The game also marked Edelman's ninth-straight postseason contest with six or more receptions which is the second-longest such streak in postseason history (Wes Welker, 10 - 2008-14).
  • Started at wide receiver and hauled in five passes for 87 yards, including a miraculous bobbling 23-yard catch between three defenders on the game-tying drive at the end of regulation vs. Atlanta in Super Bowl LI (2/5). Also returned three punts for 40 yards. His five receptions gave him 89 career postseason catches, good for third all-time in NFL postseason history.
  • Started all nine games he played in and finished the regular season with 61 receptions for 692 yards (11.3 avg.) and a career-high seven touchdowns. Also returned 10 punts for 81 yards (8.1 avg.) and rushed three times for 23 yards (7.7 avg.).
  • Started both playoff games and led the team with 17 receptions for 153 yards (9.0 avg). Also returned one punt for 16 yards.
  • Missed the final seven games of the regular season with a foot injury.
  • Posted two 10-reception and one 100-yard receiving performances:
  • Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh (11 rec., 97 yds.)
  • Week 2 at Buffalo (11 rec., 97 yds.)
  • Week 5 at Dallas (4 rec., 120 yds.)
  • Started at wide receiver and posted a game-high 11 receptions for 97 yards in the win vs. Pittsburgh (9/10).
  • Led the team with 11 catches for 97 yards and added two touchdowns at Buffalo (9/20).
  • Caught four passes for 120 yards and one touchdown in the win at Dallas (10/11).
  • Posted seven receptions for 81 yards and two touchdowns vs. Miami (10/29).
  • Caught four passes for 53 yards before leaving the game with a foot injury on the final play of the first quarter in the win at N.Y. Giants (11/15).
  • Returned to action after missing seven games with a foot injury and tied his career postseason high with 10 catches for 100 yards in the Divisional Playoff victory vs. Kansas City (1/16).
  • Earned his first career Pro Bowl invitation.
  • Played in 14 regular-season games with 13 starts and led the team with 92 receptions for 972 yards and four touchdowns. Also the team's chief punt returner, Edelman returned 25 punts for 299 yards (12.0 avg.) and one touchdown. Also compiled 94 yards rushing on 10 attempts (9.4 avg.).
  • Finished ranked in the NFL's top-10 in receptions (8th), receiving yards (10th) and punt return avg. (2nd) despite missing the final two games of the regular season due to injury.
  • Started all three postseason contests and led the team with 26 receptions for 281 yards and one touchdown. Caught eight or more passes in all three games. Also returned nine punts for 143 yards and rushed twice for 19 yards. Edelman also attempted his first career pass - a 51-yard touchdown to Danny Amendola in the AFC Divisional Playoff vs. Baltimore (1/10).
  • Was inactive at N.Y. Jets (12/21) and vs. Buffalo (12/28) due to injury.
  • Eclipsed 100 yards receiving once:
  • Week 14 at San Diego (141)
  • Posted 10 or more receptions twice:
  • Week 3 vs. Oakland (10)
  • Week 12 vs. Detroit (11)
  • Compiled five or more receptions in 11 of 14 regular-season games.
  • Started in the season opener at Miami (9/7) and led the team with six receptions for 95 yards, all in the first half. His 95 receiving yards were a personal best for a first half. Also had two rushes for 21 yards.
  • Led the team with six receptions for 81 yards and one touchdown in the win at Minnesota (9/14), including a 44-yard catch for the second straight week.
  • Led the team with 10 receptions for 84 yards in the win vs. Oakland (9/21), his fourth career game with 10 or more catches.
  • Led the team with nine receptions for 91 yards and rushed once for 10 yards in the win at Buffalo (10/12).
  • Posted nine catches for 89 yards and one touchdown in the win vs. Denver (11/2). Also earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors after returning a punt 84 yards for a touchdown, setting a new franchise record for most punt return touchdowns (4).
  • Led the team with a game-high 11 receptions for 89 yards in the win vs. Detroit (11/23). It was his fifth career game with 10 or more catches.
  • Led all receivers with eight catches for a career-high 141 yards, including a career-long 69-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to help seal a 23-14 win at San Diego (12/7). It was his sixth career 100-yard game and the first of 2014, while his 69-yard touchdown was the longest reception by any Patriots player that season.
  • Led the team with seven receptions for 88 yards and one touchdown in the win vs. Miami (12/14).
  • Started at wide receiver in the AFC Divisional Playoff win vs. Baltimore (1/10), leading the team with eight catches for 74 yards and returning three punts for 45 yards. Edelman also threw his first career NFL pass, catching a lateral from Tom Brady and then completing a 51-yard touchdown pass up the left sideline to Danny Amendola, the longest pass by a non-quarterback in NFL postseason history. It was also the Patriots' first touchdown pass by a non-quarterback since 2004 and the first by a wide receiver since 2001.
  • Started at wide receiver in the AFC Championship Game win vs. Indianapolis (1/18), leading the team with nine catches for 98 yards. Also rushed once for 12 yards and returned three punts for 71 yards (23.7 avg.), with a long of 45.
  • Caught the game-winning, 3-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady with 2:06 left to play in the fourth quarter of the Patriots' 28-24 Super Bowl XLIX win vs. Seattle (2/1). Started the game at wide receiver and tallied nine catches for 109 yards and one touchdown. Also rushed once for seven yards and returned three punts for 27 yards. Hauled in two crucial third-down passes during a key fourth-quarter drive in the Super Bowl. He caught a 21-yard pass on third-and-14 and a 21-yard pass on third-and-8 on a drive that ended in a touchdown pass to bring the Patriots within three points at 24-21.
  • Played in all 16 regular-season games with 11 starts and led the team with then career-highs in receptions (105), receiving yards (1,056) and receiving touchdowns (6). Also returned 35 punts for 374 yards.
  • Appeared in both postseason contests with one start and led the team with 16 receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown.
  • Caught seven or more passes in 10 games.
  • Eclipsed 100 yards receiving four times:
  • Week 4 at Atlanta (118)
  • Week 12 vs. Denver (110)
  • Week 13 at Houston (101)
  • Week 15 at Miami (139)
  • Posted 10 or more receptions twice:
  • Week 2 vs. N.Y. Jets (13)
  • Week 15 at Miami (13)
  • Scored two touchdowns twice:
  • Week 1 at Buffalo
  • Week 12 vs. Denver
  • Caught seven passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns at Buffalo (9/8), marking his first regular-season contest with two TD catches.
  • Caught a career-high 13 passes for 78 yards and rushed once for four yards vs. N.Y. Jets (9/12). Also returned six punts for 72 yards.
  • Registered his second career 100-yard receiving performance at Atlanta (9/29) after finishing with seven receptions for 118 yards including a season-long 44-yard catch that helped set up a Patriots touchdown.
  • Caught nine passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns vs. Denver (11/24), marking his third career 100-yard receiving game and second of the season. It was also his third career two-touchdown game and second of the season.
  • Posted his second straight 100-yard receiving performance at Houston (12/1), catching nine passes for 101 yards.
  • Caught six passes for 64 yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the comeback win vs. Cleveland (12/8). Edelman's TD came with 1:01 remaining in the fourth quarter and drew New England to within one possession.
  • Tied a career high with 13 receptions and set a career high with 139 receiving yards and a touchdown at Miami (12/15).
  • Caught nine passes for 65 yards vs. Buffalo (12/29) and in the process, eclipsed the 100 reception and 1,000 yard receiving marks for the first time in his career. Joined Wes Welker and Troy Brown as the only Patriots receivers with 100 receptions in a season and became the 10th receiver in team history with 1,000 yards receiving in a single season.
  • Totaled 10 receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown in the AFC Championship Game at Denver (1/19).
  • Played in nine games with three starts and caught 21 passes for 235 yards (11.2 avg) and three touchdowns. Returned 17 punts for 263 yards (15.5 avg) and tied a team record with his third career punt return for a touchdown.
  • Also rushed four times for 45 yards and returned three kickoffs for 38 yards.
  • Caught four passes for 28 yards and his second career regular-season touchdown reception at Baltimore (9/23). Also returned one punt for 11 yards.
  • Was inactive due to injury at Seattle (10/14), vs. Denver (10/7) and at Buffalo (9/30).
  • Scored on a 68-yard punt return in the second quarter and also had a 2-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter vs. Indianapolis (11/18) to become the first Patriots player to score on a return and have a touchdown reception in the same game since Irving Fryar vs. Indianapolis on Nov. 10, 1985. Had the longest run from scrimmage for a wide receiver in Patriots history with a 47-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. Also added a 49-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.
  • Recorded his second straight game with two touchdowns - a 22-yard fumble return on a kickoff and a 56-yard touchdown reception in the win at N.Y. Jets (11/22). Also returned two punts for 32 yards (16.0 avg) and had one rush for three yards. Left the game in the third quarter with a head injury and did not return.
  • Was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury on Dec. 4, after suffering the injury in the win at Miami (12/2).
  • Appeared in 13 regular-season games and played offense, defense and special teams throughout the season.
  • Appeared in all three postseason games and caught two passes for 19 yards and rushed once for -1 yards on offense. Combined for two tackles on defense. On special teams, returned four punts for 35 yards, three kickoffs for 73 yards and made one special teams tackle.
  • Caught four passes for 34 yards and rushed four times for 30 yards on offense.
  • Compiled 14 tackles during eight appearances at defensive back.
  • On special teams, returned 28 punts for 296 yards and a touchdown, 12 kickoffs for 284 yards and made five tackles.
  • Was inactive vs. N.Y. Jets (10/9) and Dallas (10/16) due to injury.
  • Was a healthy scratch at Pittsburgh (10/30).
  • Saw his first action on defense at N.Y. Jets (11/13).
  • Earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Wk. 11) after returning a punt 72 yards for a touchdown on Monday Night Football vs. Kansas City (11/21).
  • Played as a reserve at wide receiver, return specialist and defensive back in the Divisional Playoff game vs. Denver (1/14). Caught one pass for 11 yards, made one defensive tackle and returned two punts for 28 yards (14.0 avg).
  • Saw time in all three phases of the game in the AFC Championship vs. Baltimore (1/22). Caught an eight-yard pass, rushed once for a loss of a yard, made one tackle and returned two punts for 7 yards.
  • Played in a reserve role at wide receiver and on special teams in Super Bowl XLVI vs. N.Y. Giants (2/5). Returned three kickoffs for 73 yards with a long return of 31 yards.
  • Played in 15 games with three starts in three-wide receiver sets.
  • Finished the season with 21 punt returns for 321 yards and set a franchise record for the highest punt return average in a single-season with a 15.3-yard average. Led the AFC and finished second in the NFL behind Chicago's Devin Hester (17.1-yard return average) with the 15.3-yard average.
  • Also had 14 rushing yards on two carries and 86 yards on seven receptions.
  • Set a franchise record with a 94-yard punt return for a touchdown vs. Miami (1/2). Recorded a then-career-high 40-yard reception from Tom Brady in the first quarter against the Dolphins and a 13-yard rush. Finished with three catches for 72 yards, 13 rushing yards, four punt returns for 112 yards and a touchdown, and two fair catches against the Dolphins.
  • Registered a then-career-long 42-yard punt return in the second quarter at Chicago (12/12). Also had a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown called back due to a penalty in the second quarter.
  • Started at wide receiver in the postseason game vs. N.Y. Jets (1/16). Had one rush for 11 yards, one reception for 12 yards and returned two punts for 42 yards, including a 41-yard punt return.
  • Played in 11 games with seven starts and finished the year with 37 receptions for 359 yards and one touchdown, 11 kickoff returns for 241 yards, six punt returns for 63 yards and two rushing attempts for five yards.
  • Started in the postseason game vs. Baltimore (1/10) and led the team with six catches for 44 yards with two touchdown receptions. Also returned one punt for 28 yards. Became the first Patriots rookie to catch two touchdown passes in a postseason game when he scored on a 6-yard pass from Tom Brady in the second quarter and a 1-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.
  • Was inactive for the season-opener vs. Buffalo (9/14) and missed four games due to injury: at Tampa Bay (10/25), vs. Miami (11/8), at New Orleans (11/30) and at Miami (12/6).
  • Made his NFL debut at the N.Y. Jets (9/20) when he started in place of an injured Wes Welker. Led the team with eight receptions for 98 yards.
  • Hauled in his first career touchdown reception at Indianapolis (11/15) on a 9-yard pass from Tom Brady in the second quarter.
  • Set then-career-highs with 10 catches for 103 yards in the regular-season finale at Houston (1/3), seeing increased action following a first-quarter injury to Wes Welker.
  • Played in 31 games to finish his career at Kent State with 4,997 yards passing and 2,664 yards rushing.
  • Compiled a career high 3,190 yards of total offense in his senior season with the Golden Flashes and finished his career with 30 touchdown passes and 22 rushing scores.
  • Was the Golden Flashes' starting quarterback as a senior in 2008, playing in 12 games and completing 153-of-275 passes for 1,820 yards and 13 touchdowns with 11 interceptions.
  • Posted record-setting numbers as a redshirt freshman quarterback at the College of San Mateo in 2005 before transferring to Kent State.
  • Named the Most Valuable Player in All-State Region I by the California Community College Football Coaches Association.
  • Passed for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for a school-record 1,253 yards and 17 scores.
  • Helped lead San Mateo to an 8-3 record and second-place finish in the NorCal Conference.
  • Born May 22, 1986, to Angie and Francis Edelman.
  • As senior at Woodside (California) High School in 2004, led the Wildcats to a 13-0 record and Central Coast Section championship and was named first-team all-league and all-county.
  • Totaled 2,237 passing yards and 29 touchdowns in his high school career and also rushed for 964 yards and 13 touchdowns.
  • Majored in business management at Kent State.
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April 13, 2021 03:52 PM

Julian Edelman: Ends playing career

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edelman (knee) announced his retirement from football Monday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Edelman noted in a statement that the knee injury he suffered in 2020 prompted him to end his playing career. The 34-year-old thus concludes a productive NFL run that began in 2009, when the Patriots selected him out of Kent State in the seventh round. The three-time Super Bowl champion finishes up his career with 620 catches for 6,822 yards and 36 touchdowns in 137 regular-season NFL games, all with New England.

April 12, 2021 04:48 PM

Julian Edelman: Era with Patriots comes to an end

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Patriots are releasing Edelman (knee) with a failed physical designation, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Edelman's time in New England is up after 12 seasons. The Super Bowl LIII MVP and three-time 1,000-yard receiver's recent failed medical checkup represents his most recent misfortune in recovery from a chronic knee issue, which limited him to just six games in 2020. Recently, serious doubt has surfaced as to whether Edelman will be healthy enough to suit up for the start of the 2021 campaign. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Edelman's release is believed to be a prelude to a forthcoming announcement about his future in the NFL.

April 8, 2021 03:36 PM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Plans to play this season

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edelman plans to "to try and gut out another season with (his) chronically troubled knee" according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald.

While it appears as though Edelman, who turns 35 next month, will give it a go this coming season, it remains to be seen how the Patriots plan to proceed with him after signing Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne in free agency. When healthy enough to suit up, Edelman has the savvy to get open and rack up catches, but Guregian relays concerns regarding the veteran pass catcher's ability to make it through the entire season without his knee issues flaring up. Look for further context clues regarding Edelman's future with the Patriots to surface no later than the NFL Draft, which runs April 29 through May 1.

February 26, 2021 03:04 PM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Wants to play, health permitting

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edelman (knee) wants to continue his career but is 'still trying to see if he is healthy enough to be out there for the 2021 season,' Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Rapoport said that Edelman is progressing in his rehab process and wants to play in 2021, but that 'no decision has been made yet' about whether or not his knee injury will allow him to suit up. Edelman only played six games in 2020 before landing on IR, and though he was designated for return mid-December, he never progressed enough in his recovery to make his way back to the active roster. The Patriots also have a potential out from Edelman's contract this offseason, as cutting him would only result in a $2.7 million dead cap hit. Next season will mark Edelman's age-35 campaign.

January 1, 2021 12:36 PM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Not returning for Week 17

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edelman (knee) won't be activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's season finale against the Jets, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.

The 34-year-old was designated to return from injured reserve in mid-December, but he never progressed enough to warrant activation. Edelman finishes the 2020 campaign with 21 catches for 315 yards and zero touchdowns to go with two carries for 22 yards in six games.

December 28, 2020 08:04 PM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Not playing Monday

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Patriots will not activate Edelman (knee) from IR ahead of Monday night's game against the Bills, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The Patriots have until Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline to activate Edelman, but the 34-year-old veteran ultimately won't be available Monday. Rapoport describes Edelman's chances of returning Week 17 as "unlikely," noting that his future with the team also could be up in the air. Of course, given that the Patriots are already eliminated from playoff contention, the team has no real incentive to rush Edelman back to the field.

December 24, 2020 11:52 AM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Not seen at practice

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edelman (knee) wasn't spotted at practice Thursday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Per Reiss, that would appear "to lessen the chances" that Edelman, who resumed practicing last week, will play Monday night against the Bills. Though we'd expect that Edelman is eager to return to game action, the Patriots have no incentive to rush the veteran receiver back, with the team eliminated from playoff contention.

December 19, 2020 03:00 PM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Not set to return yet

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edelman (knee) will not be activated ahead of Sunday's contest against the Dolphins, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.

Edelman returned to practice earlier this week, kicking off a 21-day window in which the veteran receiver can practice without counting against the active roster. With the Patriots barely clinging onto their playoff hopes, it remains to be seen whether the team will choose to activate the longtime stalwart or simply let the 34-year-old get completely healthy after also spending a multi-week stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this season.

December 17, 2020 02:40 PM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Returns to practice

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Patriots designated Edelman (knee) for return from injured reserve Wednesday, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

The transaction kicks off a 21-day window wherein Edelman can be evaluated at practice without counting against the active roster. He can be activated at any time, so it's possible that the veteran slot man could be available for Sunday's contest against the Dolphins. Edelman hasn't suited up for regular-season action since Week 7, but Doug Kyed of NESN.com relays that head coach Bill Belichick said the veteran will reclaim a starting role "when he's ready."

December 10, 2020 06:48 PM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Still on IR

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edelman (illness/knee) has been removed from the reserve COVID-19 list but remains on IR, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

This past Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter noted that Edelman was "still a couple of weeks" away from returning to the field. With that in mind, the receiver still has his sights set on playing again down the stretch, but such an outcome is not imminent.

December 7, 2020 07:08 PM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Not yet ready to return

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edelman (knee/illness) intends to play again this season, but the receiver is believed to be "a couple weeks away" from returning from injured reserve, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

In that scenario, Edelman -- who hasn't played since Week 7 -- could be back for the final two or three contests, which would provide a boost to the offense. In Edelman's continued absence, New England's wide receiver corps will be headed by Jakobi Meyers, Damiere Byrd and N'Keal Harry.

November 30, 2020 04:56 PM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Lands on COVID list

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Patriots placed Edelman (knee) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Edelman was already on injured reserve after undergoing a procedure late October to address a bone-on-bone issue in his knee, so he'll now have an additional layer of requisite medical clearances to progress through before being able to return. He has yet to resume practicing. Coach Bill Belichick said earlier Monday that Edelman "has made a lot of progress in the last couple of weeks" and said his recovery is being handled "day-by-day," per Ryan Hannable of WEEI 93.7, but those comments may not reflect the veteran receiver's current situation now that he's been placed on the COVID list.

November 25, 2020 11:16 AM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Not practicing to begin week

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Edelman (knee) won't be designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday, making him ineligible to participate in the Patriots' first practice of Week 12, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports. "Julian's definitely headed in the right direction. I spoke with him and he's feeling better every day, [and getting] confident, stronger," head coach Bill Belichick told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. "We'll just take it day by day. When he's ready to go, we'll put him out there, but we don't want to rush it."

Edelman is still recuperating from the procedure he required in late October to address a bone-on-bone issue in his knee, and though he hasn't hit any reported snags in the rehab process, he's apparently not ready to get back on the field. Given that he's already missed four games, Edelman likely will need a full week of practice before the Patriots feel comfortable clearing him to play, so he presumably won't be option for Sunday's contest versus the Cardinals. Look for Jakobi Meyers to continue playing most of the snaps at slot receiver until Edelman is activated from IR.

November 18, 2020 03:56 PM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Not practicing yet

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edelman (knee) wasn't designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.

Coach Bill Belichick suggested there was a possibility that Edelman might be cleared to practice Wednesday, but any plans for his return to the field have been put on hold for at least another day. That said, Edelman is believed to be progressing well from the knee procedure he required in late October, and he should be ready to play at some point before the season ends. He'll have two more chances to hit the field before Sunday's game against the Texans, but the fact that he wasn't present for Wednesday's session doesn't bode especially well for him coming off IR in Week 11.

November 18, 2020 11:56 AM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Might practice Wednesday

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Bill Belichick said that Edelman (knee) will warm up ahead of Wednesday's practice before the Patriots determine whether he's fit to participate in the session, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston reports.

Since Edelman has already missed three games after undergoing what was termed as a "precautionary procedure" in late October to address a bone-on-bone issue with his knee, he'll first be eligible to return to practice this week. While recent reports have suggested that Edelman has progressed well from his rehab, the Patriots are still apparently weighing whether to designate him to return from injured reserve. If the Patriots do decide to designate him, it would initiate a 21-day window for the team to evaluate Edelman in practice, leaving the door open for the wideout to return to action as soon as Sunday's game in Houston.

November 16, 2020 01:12 PM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Making progress

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Teammate Cam Newton said Monday that Edelman (knee) is "getting better," Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.

Edelman has missed New England's last three games after undergoing surgery to address a bone-on-bone issue in his knee. The 34-year-old veteran is technically eligible to retake the field as soon as Week 11 against the Texans, though the Patriots haven't yet provided a timetable for his recovery. For Edelman to have any shot at making his return versus Houston, the Patriots would first have to designate him for a return from injured reserve, which would allow the team a 21-day window to monitor him at practice.

November 15, 2020 08:48 AM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Moving around well in rehab

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sources close to Edelman (knee) have been optimistic with how the receiver has responded to recent on-field work since he underwent a precautionary knee procedure Oct. 29, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Edelman is reportedly moving around well on the field, but it's unclear if that will be enough for the Patriots to clear him to practice during the upcoming week. If Edelman does take part in practice next week, he would have a shot at rejoining the roster ahead of a Nov. 22 matchup with the Texans, but his activation shouldn't be considered a guarantee. Whenever Edelman is designated to return from injured reserve, the Patriots would have 21 days to either add him back to the roster or keep him on IR for the rest of the season.

November 1, 2020 10:28 AM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Bone-on-bone issue in knee

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Edelman's knee injury is a bone-on-bone issue.

The Patriots placed Edelman on injured reserve Saturday, meaning that he'll miss at least three games. With that in mind, coach Bill Belichick has said that he expects the veteran pass catcher back this season, but there's no clear timetable for Edelman's return.

October 31, 2020 11:16 PM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Moving to IR

by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edelman (knee) is expected to be placed on injured reserve later Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Coach Bill Belichick suggested Edelman "will be back this season," which certainly seems to indicate a longer stay on injured reserve than the minimal three weeks, but the Patriots have also been coy regarding the details surrounding Edelman's recent precautionary knee procedure. With N'Keal Harry also out this Sunday with a concussion, the team will have to get by with the likes of Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski as the top three options at wideout .

October 29, 2020 02:56 PM

Patriots' Julian Edelman: Sidelined following knee procedure

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Edelman underwent a precautionary procedure Thursday to address a chronic knee injury and is expected to miss "some period of time," Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

While a formal timeline for Edelman's return hasn't been established, both Schefter and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network are reporting that the wideout won't be available for at least Sunday's game against the Bills. Additionally, N'Keal Harry is iffy this week due to a concussion, leaving Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski as the Patriots' healthiest options at wide receiver. The knee issue has reportedly been bothering Edelman all season, and the combination of the injury and the quarterback change from Tom Brady to Cam Newton has resulted in a dramatic decline in the slot man's production. Aside from a blowup performance Week 2 in Seattle (eight receptions for 179 yards), Edelman hasn't surpassed five catches or 60 receiving yards in any of the Patriots' other five games.

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Height/Weight:
5-10/198
Birthdate:
05/22/1986
Age:
35
Hometown:
Redwood City, CA
School:
Kent State
NFL Experience:
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Patriots receiver Julian Edelman considered doubtful to play entire 2021 season due to knee, per report

The New England Patriots are in a pickle with receiver Julian Edelman. The veteran has been a key contributor during three Super Bowl titles and has been with the club throughout his NFL career, which began in 2009. However, knee injuries have significantly thrown a wrench in Edelman's impact with the offense and ability to hit the field the past few seasons, including 2020 where he was limited to just six games before going down for the year. The soon-to-be 35-year-old plans to try and give the 2021 season a go, but the knee could rear its ugly head once more. 

According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, it is doubtful Edelman will be able to play the entire 2021 season due to the knee. She adds that while surgery provides temporary relief, nothing will be able to truly solve the underlying problem. Edelman underwent a procedure on his knee in October to alleviate issues but was never able to get back onto the field, despite briefly returning to practice. Guregian explained that the knee could force Edelman to be available one game, but be gone the next in 2021. 

This puts the Patriots in a tricky situation. Do they give a roster spot to someone where it's essentially a coin flip whether or not he'll be able to play? Moreover, do they want someone like that accounting for roughly $6.1 million against the cap next season? If New England chooses to trade or release Edelman, who has one more year remaining on his deal, it would be able to clear around $3.5 million in cap space while being on the hook for about $2.6 million. 

The club did bring in receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne in free agency and both are looked at as virtual roster locks for the coming season and 2019 first-round pick N'Keal Harry is currently still in the fold, as is Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski. That's also not mentioning the possibility of the Patriots bringing in another young face via the 2021 draft. Could Edelman serve as a mentor to this group? Absolutely. However, Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels will need to think long and hard about whether or not having the strong presence of Edelman to help mold this unit is worth a spot on the 53-man roster or not going forward. 

This is hardly an easy decision. Not only is Edelman one of the faces of the franchise but a valuable piece to the current fabric of the organization as it enters a critical season in 2021. If he's able to play through this injury -- as we've seen him do in the past -- he's absolutely worth keeping around. Whether or not that's a realistic thought, however, seems to be very much in doubt. 

Sours: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/patriots-receiver-julian-edelman-considered-doubtful-to-play-entire-2021-season-due-to-knee-per-report/

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The Patriots are likely shutting down Julian Edelman for the 2020 season

As the Patriots get set to take on the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, New England did not activate receiver Julian Edelman from injured reserve. As noted by Ian Rapoport of NFL network, it is unlikely that he plays next week.

This season, Edelman recorded 21 catches for 315 yards. His best game of the season came against Seattle on September 20. In that game, he caught eight passes for 179 yards, a career-high.

With New England shutting him down for the rest of the season, one has to wonder what his time in New England will look like over the next couple of months.

The #Patriots are not activating WR Julian Edelman from Injured Reserve today, which is not a surprise. And it’s unlikely that he plays next week. Edelman’s season is almost certainly over — and at age 34, his future is uncertain, as well.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 28, 2020

With over 6,000 receiving yards and a Super Bowl MVP to his name, he has made the most of his 12 seasons in New England. One has to wonder what the future holds for 2021.

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Sours: https://patriotswire.usatoday.com/2020/12/28/the-patriots-are-likely-shutting-down-julian-edelman-for-the-2020-season/
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