Words With Frenz mailbag: Julian Edelman has ably replaced Wes Welker
I wasnt even thinking about that, Edelman said of taking on a new role as the top receiver. Like I said, youre just trying to think about beating your guy and getting open to catch the ball. And thats exactly what Edelman was able to do on a night when his receiving counterparts struggled with ball security amid a driving second-half rain. Its always a little harder when the rain comes, but we practice that in the spring, little bit of summer, you have those days and you try to take advantage of those opportunities, and we tried to do that tonight, he said. Edelman has taken advantage of his opportunity to finally develop a consistent — and prominent — offensive role. He worked harmoniously in tandem with Amendola during a Week 1 win, scoring twice and catching seven passes while weaving in and out of combination patterns with his fellow receiver. But on Thursday, there was no Amendola, and at times Edelman appeared to be the one receiver Brady could trust.
Julian Edelman figures to be Brady’s primary target against Jets
Where’s the love for Edelman? Thompkins is great, but #11 is catching all the passes! #WordsWithFrenz @ErikFrenz Niki Chimberg (@nikchim) October 3, 2013 Consider this Julian Edelman Appreciation Day in the Words With Frenz mailbag. Edelman is on pace for 115 receptions, 1,133 yards, 9.8 yards per reception and six touchdowns. Wes Welker last year had 118 receptions, 1,354 yards, 11.5 YPR and six touchdowns. In the creepy department, Edelman and Welker both have the same yards per route run (1.78), according to Pro Football Focus. Brady is 36-of-48 (75 percent) for 354 yards and two touchdowns, giving him a passer rating of 109.2 when targeting Edelman. Brady’s rating on the season overall is 80.5, so Edelman has been one of Brady’s most efficient targets.
Without so many options on offense tight end Zach Sudfeld could also miss Thursdays game with a hamstring injury Edelman is one of the few veteran faces healthy enough for Brady to throw to. Will that mean anything? I think Tom looks for the open receiver, Edelman said. Im just trying to win a route every time, and if the ball comes to me, it comes to me. And if it doesnt, Im going to go out and try to make a block, do my job. With Edelman coming off a game in which he caught seven passes for 79 yards and the two touchdowns, an assumption can be made that he is expecting to ride that momentum and build off the season opener. That assumption would be wrong. Its in the past, regardless if you do good or webpage bad, said Edelman. Its a new game and a completely different team.
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Edelman is charged
The man and the woman were ejected from the club, followed by Edelman, police said. Nightclub staff told police that bouncers had thrown out the man and the woman and Edelman to calm the situation. When police arrived, Edelman denied that he had touched the woman inappropriately, police said. Judge Raymond Dougan yesterday ordered Edelman released on personal recognizance pending a pretrial hearing Jan. 10. Brian R.
Versatile Julian Edelman ready for his biggest role?
It’s a whole new defense pretty much. We’re a different team. It’s completely different circumstances.” Jets coach Rex Ryan recently scoffed at the notion that the Pats’ passing game is struggling. He described Amendola and Edelman as “a couple of Wes Welker clones” who can give defenses plenty of trouble. Edelman brushed off the compliment, saying, “Wes is a good buddy of mine, and it’s unfair to say that for a guy like that who’s done it consistently for a long time . . . I’m not trying to replace Welker.