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Julian Edelman | Wide Receiver | #11

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 200
College: Kent State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 7 (232) / NE
Contract: view contract details
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Julian Edelman converted only 13.3% of his red-zone targets and 11.1% of his targets inside the ten-yard line last season.
The Patriots' offseason additions of Brandin Cooks and Dwayne Allen as well as two extremely efficient red-zone rushers in Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee should mean a decrease in Edelman's red-zone targets. After Edelman was targeted 15 times in the red zone last season and only converted twice, the efficiency-oriented Patriots will probably scheme more targets toward the now-healthy Rob Gronkowski. You can read more about Edelman in Raymond Summerlin's article "Unreliable Red Zone Receivers" in the link below. Jul 8 - 1:41 PM

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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Julian Edelman's two-year extension is worth $11 million, and includes $9 million in "total" guarantees.

The deal also includes $4 million in "reachable" incentives and a $5 million signing bonus. Even for a slot receiver, it's below market value, but 31-year-old Edelman will take the security in an organization that casts off its veterans at the first sign of aging. We're assuming the "total" guarantee includes Edelman's $3 million 2017 salary. Perhaps Edelman could have done better if he gambled on himself and hit the open market next offseason, but it seems like a solid deal for both sides.
Jun 8 - 6:09 PM

Patriots signed WR Julian Edelman to a two-year extension through 2019.

Edelman had been due $3 million in the final year of his contract. The terms of his extension are unknown. Now 31, Edelman caught 98 passes last season as he appeared in all 16 games for the first time since 2013. Edelman is annually amongst the league leaders in drops, but couldn't be more on the same page with Tom Brady. He's one of the league's most effective slot receivers.
Jun 8 - 4:21 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garofolo reports the Patriots and Julian Edelman are "moving toward" an extension that should be completed "in the next day or so."

The inside dynamo is headed into the final season of the four-year, $17 million deal he signed in 2014. Now 31, Edelman has a lengthy injury history and tons of competition for targets, but a near telepathic connection with Tom Brady. He also managed to play all 19 games last season. The Pats typically let veterans like Edelman walk, but he must be amenable to another team-friendly contract.
Jun 8 - 1:08 PM

Julian Edelman caught 5-of-13 targets for 87 yards in Super Bowl 51 against the Falcons.

He also rushed once for two yards and threw an incomplete pass. Eight straight Tom Brady targets to Edelman fell incomplete in the second and third quarters, but Edelman came through in the clutch with a David Tyree-esque 23-yard reception in the fourth frame that helped send the game to O.T., securing Brady's pass after it hit Robert Alford's foot. Turning 31 in May, Edelman has shown few or no signs of slowdown. He'll be a WR2 in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Feb 5 - 10:50 PM

Julian Edelman snagged eight-of-10 targets for 118 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Steelers.

Edelman has been rolling since Rob Gronkowski went out with a season-ending back injury and that trend continued in Sunday’s AFC title game. He ate up 41 yards on a catch-and-run on the Patriots’ opening drive and never took his foot off the gas. Edelman scored his fifth career playoff touchdown on a 10-yard strike from Tom Brady late in the third quarter. He’s now the Patriots all-time leader in postseason receiving yards with 937 and also set an NFL record with Chris Hogan for the most receiving yards by two teammates in a postseason game. This marks Edelman’s third trip to the Super Bowl.
Jan 22 - 9:59 PM

Julian Edelman caught 8-of-13 targets for 137 yards in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Texans.

Edelman was sitting on one catch for six yards deep into the first half before improvising downfield with Tom Brady and adjusting for a 48-yard bomb, beating Texans CB Kareem Jackson. Edelman got white hot in the third quarter, torching Jackson incessantly in the short, intermediate, and deep passing games. As the Patriots' running game struggled against a stout Texans run defense, Edelman was leaned on to move the chains. He can expect another double-digit-target workload in the Conference Championship Round.
Jan 14 - 11:46 PM

Julian Edelman caught 8-of-13 targets for 151 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 17 win over the Dolphins.

His highlight-reel play was a 77-yard catch-and-run score on which Michael Floyd threw a vicious downfield block, nearly concussing Dolphins CB Tony Lippett. Edelman finishes his age-30 campaign with 98 receptions, becoming the focal point of New England's passing game in the absence of Rob Gronkowski. Edelman will get Week 18 to rest before returning for the Divisional Round.
Jan 1 - 5:17 PM

Julian Edelman delivered five catches for 89 yards on eight targets Saturday in the Patriots' Week 16 win over the Jets.

Edelman was targeted in the end zone during the second quarter but couldn’t reel it in. Jets corner Justin Burris was defending him on the play. Edelman bounced back with a 35-yard catch later in the same quarter. That was his longest gain of the season. He didn’t catch any of Tom Brady’s three touchdown passes but still led the team in receiving yards for the fourth time in the last five games. Edelman is now 45 yards from his second 1,000-yard season. He’ll aim for that milestone next week against Miami.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:43:00 PM

Julian Edelman caught 6-of-12 targets for 75 yards in the Patriots' Week 15 win over the Broncos.

That's not a bad outing against Chris Harris and the Broncos. Edelman now has 67 targets over his past five games. He's going to eat up the Jets in Week 16, and will be a WR1 for the fantasy finals.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 07:55:00 PM

Julian Edelman caught 7-of-15 targets for 73 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 win over the Ravens.

Edelman leads the league in targets since the Patriots' Week 9 bye, seeing target counts of nine, 17, 11, 12, and 15 in the five games. He's easily been the biggest beneficiary since Rob Gronkowski (back) was hurt. Edelman wasn't able to do a whole lot in this one and was chewed out by Tom Brady early in the first quarter after stopping his route on a 3rd-and-20 deep shot down the middle into the end zone. The two quickly made up, and Edelman continues to be an elite PPR player. He'll face a tough Week 15 test at Denver against the Broncos' elite pass defense.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 12:34:00 AM

Julian Edelman (foot) has been removed from the Patriots' injury report.

Edelman never seemed hurt to begin with. He's in the WR1 mix against the Ravens.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 04:26:00 PM

Julian Edelman caught 8-of-12 targets for 101 yards in the Patriots' Week 13 win over the Rams.

He lost a ninth catch on a holding penalty back at the line. The Patriots attacked the Rams with a ball-out-quick passing game in order to mitigate the impact of Los Angeles' talented defensive line. The Pats also put double and triple teams on DT Aaron Donald. Edelman took over as the focal point of this offensive approach and was no match for Lamarcus Joyner in the slot. Edelman has earned every-week WR1 treatment heading into a Week 14 date with the Ravens on Monday Night Football.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 04:33:00 PM

The Boston Herald reports Julian Edelman's oft-troublesome foot has "progressed to the point where (the Patriots) would like it to be."

Howe added, "Don't be surprised if he starts to take off down the stretch," meaning have a big finish. The Patriots certainly need a big finish from Edelman after losing Rob Gronkowski for the season. Edelman's foot has been managed, never turning in full practices and sometimes taking practices off entirely. He has played in every game this season and has showed improved chemistry with Tom Brady in recent weeks. Edelman is now an every-week fantasy WR1.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 11:58:00 AM

Julian Edelman (foot) is active for Week 13 against the Rams.

As expected. He's a WR1 the rest of the way with Rob Gronkowski done for the year.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 11:39:00 AM