Edelman Earned It
Julian Edelman is short and small and really had no business to be on an NFL field the last five seasons. Ever since he was drafted in the seventh round by the Patriots in 2009, the 5-foot-10, 198 pound college quarterback-turned-slot receiver made the most of his time in New England.
His first four seasons in the league was spent as pro bowl slot receiver Wes Welker’s understudy.
“I think he really had a great mentor in Wes, someone he could really look up to,” said Tom Brady after practice Tuesday. “They play a little bit similar; different players, but they both work extremely hard. Football is so important to the both of them and I think that really wore off on Julian.”
Last season, after Welker left New England via free agency, Edelman help Patriots fans forget about Welker very quickly. The 2013 season became a breakout season for Edelman. He played in all 16 games making 105 receptions for 1,056 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He also had 35 punt returns for 374 yards. In comparison, Welker missed three games last season and finished with 73 receptions for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Edelman has also been one of the standouts on offense during training camp. Brady said he has been pleased with Edelman’s production this summer.
“Julian has worked his tail off to get where he’s at,” Brady said. “I think he’s really taken advantage of every opportunity that he’s gotten, Julian has. I’m really proud of him. He keeps coming out and making plays and he’s done such a great job being so dependable and reliable for our team, it’s great to have him.”
Every step Edelman takes on an NFL field in 2014 has been earned.
Kevin Saleeba is the senior editor and columnist for Patriots Insider. A former beat writer for local media, Kevin has extensive knowledge of the team and experience covering the Patriots. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinSaleeba or like him on Facebook.
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