What is the Deal with Julian Edelman??

Philip Tor | Pats Militia

For the most part of this season the Patriots offense has been an unstoppable, impenetrable, juggernaut. The additions of Martellus Bennett and Chris Hogan have proved to be genius acquisitions by Bill Belichick, giving the quarterbacks a deep threat outside the numbers, and a big body to throw to in the Red Zone. These acquisitions come with a lot of benefits and few consequences, but one noticeable difference from last year’s team is the role of WR Julian Edelman.

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman runs against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman runs against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass.

At this time last year Edelman had 52 catches on 75 targets for 584 yards and 6 touchdowns.

This year thru 7 games Edelman only has 37 catches on 54 targets for just 321 yards and 0 touchdowns.

These numbers are actually pretty surprising considering right now Edelman leads the team in total targets (54). So then why does is seem like Edelman has not been a consistent factor in the Patriots offense?

The simple answer could be the fact that because of the additions of Martellus Bennett, and Chris Hogan there is not much room left over the middle, where Edelman is known to make the biggest impact.
As for the goose egg in the touchdown column, it may just be a lack of good looks to the WR in the red zone. He is second on the team in red zone targets (6) to Martellus Bennett (8) but has not yet gotten a good enough look in the promise land. Bill’s main reason for bringing in Bennett was to give Brady another big body to target when team double or triple cover Gronk.

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When you look at it from a numbers standpoint, Edelman is still producing, eating yards, and making big catches to keep drives going, but those stats don’t make a fantasy owner particularly happy.

As a big time Edelman guy, I have to believe that this is just a rough stretch of games. He’s been too consistent and reliable for this team for them to just tear him out of the playbook.

He’s Tom’s guy. He will be until he leaves the team. So Pats fans, dont worry. The real Julian Edelman will be back soon enough. Until then just sit back and watch the Pats dominate the rest of the NFL.

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