Julian Edelman Emerging As Primary Possession Receiver For New England Patriots

Julian Edelman

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Nobody saw this coming, but Julian Edelman is the leading receiver for the New England Patriots through the first 11 games of the season.

Edelman has 61 receptions for 610 yards and four touchdowns thus far. That’s only good for 10 yards per reception, but it is not completely bad as Edelman is a possession receiver. The one thing that Patriots fans can take out of these numbers is that Edelman has been a more consistent producer than free agent import Danny Amendola.

Although Edelman and Amendola play together when Josh McDaniels calls for three wide receiver sets, it is clear to everybody watching that the two both play best when lining up in the slot. McDaniels does not care about this, though, as he has previously stated that he prefers to have more than one slot receiver on the field at the same time. That idea is not sustainable, however.

Amendola’s production has suffered because of Edelman’s presence. Amendola has only had two games in which he has tallied over 50 receiving yards. A lot of that has to do with Amendola’s recurring injuries, but Edelman has still outproduced Amendola when Danny has been healthy.

The most logical reason for Edelman’s surge is because Tom Brady seems to have more chemistry with him. Edelman has almost played five full seasons with Brady and has not missed a game this season. So now Brady knows what Edelman is going to do and vice versa, which is similar to what Brady had with Wes Welker.

Edelman is no Welker and is not as naturally talented as Amendola. However, he has been the most consistent wide receiver on the roster thus far. If this persists, Edelman could be looking at a huge payday in the upcoming offseason, and it might be at the expense of Amendola.

Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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