Julian Edelman
Julian Edelman
34-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
New England Patriots
Reserve-Covid-19
Injury Knee
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Age, a history of concussions and a declining Tom Brady couldn't stop Edelman from getting his in 2019. The per-play averages (11.2 YPC, 7.3 YPT) during his age-33 season were in line with his career marks on massive volume (153 targets, 100 catches). But the difficulty bar went up a notch this offseason, with Edelman turning 34 in May and Brady heading to Tampa Bay. Until late June, it looked like Edelman would be catching passes from Jarrett Stidham, but the addition of 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton could give the New England offense a jolt of upside. Edelman runs short routes that are easy for any quarterback to complete, but the rapport he enjoyed with Brady could be lacking and the unprecedented nature of this offseason may slow his connection with Newton. At 5-10, 198, Edelman is small but stout, and his average speed and above-average quickness have likely declined. No one can question his toughness, but he's also dropped too many passes - 19 the last two years. He'll likely return as the team's top option, mostly due to lack of competition. Second-year man N'Keal Harry could develop if he stays healthy, and the team's other options at the position are unproven. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a two-year, $15.5 million contract with the Patriots in May of 2019.
Lands on COVID list
WRNew England Patriots
Knee
November 30, 2020
The Patriots placed Edelman (knee) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
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How do Julian Edelman's 2020 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
64.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.45
 
% Team Air Yards
19.0%
 
% Team Targets
12.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
9.8 Yds
 
Catch Rate
53.8%
 
Drop Rate
12.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.7
 
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Overall QB Rating Against
88.2
 
Cornerbacks
83.6
 
Safeties
96.8
 
Linebackers
91.7
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Julian Edelman's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
198 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.52 sec
 
Shuttle Time
3.92 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.62 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.5 in
 
Broad Jump
123 in
 
Bench Press
14 reps
 
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The Super Bowl MVP had a big year on per-game basis last season. His final 108-74-850-6 line looks modest, but don't forget that was in 12 games thanks to his four-game suspension to begin the year. Prorate that over a full 16 games and you get 144-99-1,133-8, career highs in every category except catches, which he surpassed once in 2013. And those numbers don't include a postseason tear when he went 35-26-388-0 in three games. At 5-10, 198, and with 4.52 speed at the 2009 combine, Edelman is neither big nor fast. He's still fairly quick, but he's hardly T.Y. Hilton or Brandin Cooks. Edelman's best assets are his toughness, his precise route running and his excellent rapport with Tom Brady, who trusts him completely and especially when the stakes are highest. Edelman won't make plays down the field, and while he sees excellent volume near the goal line - 20 targets inside the 20 (7th), 11 inside the 10 (T-3rd) and six inside the five (T-5th) in only 12 games - he scored only six times. For 2019, there's no reason to think the 33-year-old wideout won't see another big target share from Brady. Just keep in mind Edelman's age and extensive injury history, including several concussions, before you draft him.
Edelman's 2017 season ended before it began with a torn ACL in a preseason game. Back in 2016, he was far and away Tom Brady's top target - his 159 looks were good for third in the NFL. Assuming the 32-year old regains his prior form, he's a good bet for another heavy workload after the Patriots traded Brandin Cooks (114 targets) and let Danny Amendola (86 targets) walk in free agency. At 5-10, 200, Edelman is small and tough, and he has to be with only 4.52 40 speed and good but unspectacular quickness. Edelman's strength lies in his rapport with Brady, his sharp route running, good hands and willingness to take punishment while making the catch. Accordingly, he has a history of concussions to go along with a broken foot three years ago and last season's torn ACL. Edelman isn't going to make plays down the field and isn't much of a red-zone presence - especially with the great Rob Gronkowski still around - but in PPR formats, Edelman's as consistent as they come when he can stay on the field. He participated in offensive drills at spring OTAs and is expected to be healthy for training camp, so his bigger problem is a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance enhancing substances policy. Edelman likely will have to wait until Week 5 to make his season debut.
Edelman was once again Tom Brady's top target by a mile in 2016 -- Edelman's 159 looks were third in the NFL, ahead of Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton, despite Brady missing four games. Don't expect a repeat in 2017, especially with the wideout having suffered a potentially season-ending injury in late August. Here's what Edelman is looking at if he managed to avoid an ACL injury: With Rob Gronkowski slated to return and former Saint Brandin Cooks likely to have a significant role, there are simply too many mouths to feed in this offense. At 5-10, 200, Edelman has only average size, and he's not especially fast (4.52 40). But he runs great routes, has good hands, is quick, tough and competitive and most importantly, has a great rapport with Brady, who relies on Edelman for short, quick throws. Edelman isn't much of a red-zone threat (15 targets, two scores) and he's not going to score from long range, either (only one catch of 40-plus in each of the last two seasons), so his value is higher in PPR formats. The question is to what extent Cooks, who has game-breaking speed, but also short-area quickness, runs Edelman's routes. Cooks will stretch the field at times, cutting into Chris Hogan's role, but if Cooks proves more effective as Brady's safety valve, Edelman's targets would drop more significantly. Moreover, running backs James White, Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead are all capable short-pass catchers, and Gronkowski should siphon off at least 100 targets, if he stays reasonably healthy.
Edelman was off to a great start before breaking his foot in the first half of the team's ninth game. Double his production from his eight full games and he would have had 114 catches for 1,278 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also had 17 red-zone looks, prorating to 34 (easily the most in the NFL), and he had a (modest) career-high 7.9 YPT. At 5-10, 200, with only average speed (4.52 40), Edelman makes his living on quickness, toughness and his rapport with Tom Brady. Rarely will he beat anyone deep (six catches of 40-plus over the last three seasons), but the target volume and red-zone work ensure a high floor, especially in PPR leagues. That should remain the case in 2016 as the Patriots did little to shore up their receiving corps - Brandon LaFell and Scott Chandler are gone, and Martellus Bennett and Chris Hogan are the favorites to absorb their targets. Of course, Rob Gronkowski is still around, but Edelman has co-existed harmoniously with Gronkowski for years. The bigger concerns are Tom Brady's looming four-game suspension and Edelman's history of concussions, as well as last year's foot injury which required a second surgery in February. At press time, Edelman is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, however.
Once such an afterthought he saw most of his snaps as a reserve defensive back, Edelman has been quarterback Tom Brady's No. 1 target the last two years. While Rob Gronkowski will reprise his role as the team's touchdown catcher, Edelman's sure-handedness and reliable route running provide a high-floor in PPR formats — he's racked up 197 catches over his last 30 games. Don't expect many big plays from the 5-10, 200-pounder. While Edelman has good quickness, his small stature and average (4.52 40) speed have limited him to a possession role (only 16 catches of 20-plus yards on 285 targets the last two years.) Edelman also poses some injury risk as he has a history of concussions, notably one suffered in December that cost him two games last year, and he seemed to play through another in the Super Bowl, though the injury was never confirmed.
With Wes Welker gone and Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski often hurt, it was Edelman who did his best Welker impression and became Tom Brady’s most reliable target. The pedestrian per-play numbers (10.1 YPC, 7.0 YPT) are somewhat beside the point as Edelman was running short routes and lacked the speed (4.52 40) to turn them into big gains (only nine of his 105 receptions went for 20-yards plus). While the 5-10, 198-pound Edelman saw 21 red-zone looks (T. 6th), only six of those were from inside the 10. He signed a four-year deal to remain in New England with $8 million guaranteed so it’s likely he’ll be Tom Brady’s security blanket again. But he’ll have to compete with a healthy-for-now Danny Amendola, and Aaron Dobson, Brandon LaFell and a few others could get into the mix. Moreover, a healthy Shane Vereen and Rob Gronkowski would command a big portion of Tom Brady’s targets.
The Patriots have retooled their wideout corps in 2013, adding Danny Amendola, Michael Jenkins and rookies Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce. At minimum, Edelman provides the Pats with good insurance in the slot behind Danny Amendola, similar to Edelman's role when Wes Welker was in town. If he can stay, healthy this coming season, Edelman has the playmaking ability to make an impact in the team's transitioning offense.
Edelman made his mark as a jack-of-all trades last season, returning punts and kickoffs and seeing part-time work as a defensive back. His role in the New England offense has been limited, however, by the good health of Wes Welker, who he essentially backs up. The team brought in reinforcements at wideout this past offseason, so Edelman must fight to retain his spot on the team, with his versatility his best defense for sticking.
With Wes Welker staying healthy, Edelman was limited to seven catches for 86 yards overall during the regular season in 2010. When given touches, as he was as a rookie when he caught 37 passes for 359 yards in 11 games, Edelman can make plays, but heading into 2011, his fantasy value will clearly be dependent upon the health of those ahead of him on the Patriots' wideout depth chart. His best bet for fantasy relevance would be another Welker injury, as Edelman demonstrated in 2009 that he can do many of the things his veteran counterpart does, albeit in a less polished fashion.
After Wes Welker tore his knee in Week 17, Edelman stepped in and performed like his clone with 10 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Edelman also had an eight-catch game in Week 2 when Welker was out. All told, in the three games of which Welker missed substantial parts, Edelman had 21 catches for 221 yards and two scores. At 6-0, 198, the former quarterback isn’t quite as quick as Welker, but he’s more stout, able to break tackles and run through defenders who don’t square up on him. Edelman also showed an excellent rapport with quarterback Tom Brady and is likely to line up again as the team’s slot man this year — at least until Welker’s able to return. The signing of Torry Holt complicates things as it’s unclear to what extent the 34-year-old ex Pro Bowler will cut into Edelman’s targets. But the slot receiver gets a lot of work in New England’s offense, and so long as Edelman has the role to himself, he should be a factor.
The Patriots like Edelman's athletic ability (think Wild Cat formation potential) and if they can keep him away from other teams, he's an intriguing project who they can develop on the practice squad if he doesn't make the cut.
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Not practicing to begin week
WRNew England Patriots
Knee
November 25, 2020
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."
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Not practicing yet
WRNew England Patriots
Knee
November 18, 2020
Edelman (knee) wasn't designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
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Might practice Wednesday
WRNew England Patriots
Knee
November 18, 2020
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.
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Making progress
WRNew England Patriots
Knee
November 16, 2020
Teammate Cam Newton said Monday that Edelman (knee) is "getting better," Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.
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Moving around well in rehab
WRNew England Patriots
Knee
November 15, 2020
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.
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