NFL Rumors: Julian Edelman

Latest Patriots FA buzz 

February, 23, 2014
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Per ESPN's John Clayton, the 2014 salary cap is projected to be $132 million. That means all teams will have a little more leeway in spending this offseason, but teams still will have some difficult decisions to make regarding free agents.

Will Edelman test FA market? 

January, 31, 2014
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WR Julian Edelman will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and after a breakout campaign during which he racked up 105 receptions for 1,056 yards and 6 TDs, he could be in for a decent payday. On the other hand, he had more receptions, yards and TDs this season than his previous four campaigns combined (75 catches, 714 yards, 4 TDs) and missed 16 games during the previous four season, so general managers may be skeptical about his ability to recreate those stats for their team.

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Finances and Pats WR corps 

December, 24, 2013
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During the 2013 offseason, the New England Patriots signed free-agent WR Danny Amendola to help replace Wes Welker, who fled for the Denver Broncos. Predictably, considering his lengthy injury history, Amendola missed a chunk of games earlier this season. His usage and production have been all over the map since then. For instance, he had 10 catches and 131 yards in Week 15 but took part in a season-low 32 snaps (2 receptions for 45 yards) in Week 16.

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Possible '14 FA WR, TE targets for Pats 

September, 13, 2013
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As the replacement for Wes Welker's replacement (Danny Amendola), Julian Edelman is sort of like Jon Favreau's character Mike in "Swingers". You know, "The guy behind the guy ... behind the guy."

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Latest buzz on Amendola 

September, 10, 2013
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We have noted before on Rumor Central how the notion that Danny Amendola is a Wes Welker clone is misguided. Yes, they are both smaller in size and terrific slot receivers -- which is why Amendola was a logical replacement for Welker by the New England Patriots and a high-end fantasy option in PPR leagues -- but they couldn't be any more different when it comes to staying healthy.

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How Washington signing impact Pats 

September, 7, 2013
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The New England Patriots re-signed veteran running back/kick returner Leon Washington today in a move that likely guarantees him a spot on the roster for the entire season. Washington will likely be third in line for carries, especially with the injured Brandon Bolden questionable for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills. Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen will start the season as the Nos. 1 and 2 options in the backfield though the situation is probably fluid and can change more easily because of varying performances.

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Expectations for Dobson, Pats WRs 

September, 6, 2013
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Rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson had his ups and downs during the preseason, and it will be interesting to see exactly what role he will have in the youthful New England Patriots WR corps early during the regular season. It sounds like he should have his chances in Week 1, though they may be sporadic.

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Amendola's replacement when he sits 

August, 23, 2013
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UPDATE: ESPN NFL Insider Tim Hasselbeck agrees that Julian Edelman carries plenty of upside this season. He also comes at a much cheaper price in Fantasyland than does Danny Amendola. You can read his thoughts at the bottom of this post.
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When the New England Patriots replaced iron-man wide receiver Wes Welker with the ever-brittle Danny Amendola, they had to know they were taking a terrific risk. Yes, Amendola is one of the better slot options in the league, when he's actually on the field, but he missed five games last season and all but one in 2011. So to whom will the Pats turn if when Amendola misses regular-season action? Well, we got a glimpse of that situation, when the Pats faced the Detroit Lions Thursday evening sans Amendola, who is out with an unknown injury.

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WR upgrade for Patriots? 

July, 2, 2013
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As a tumultuous offseason continues for the New England Patriots at TE, there has been a lot of talk of particular players that could be brought in as an upgrade at that position -- both FAs and possible trade targets have been identified. But the team also appears to have an underwhelming cast of characters at WR, so the natural inclination is to ponder whether they'll make an addition there as well prior to the start of the season.

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Another angle on Pats' WRs 

June, 24, 2013
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As we project ahead to the start of the 2013 season, quite a lot of players currently on the roster of NFL clubs will no longer be there by then; the 90-man offseason rosters will be trimmed to 53, from which a group of 45 makes up each week's game-day roster. We have to wait until the preseason for the position battles to get rolling again, but that leaves us with plenty of time to assess which players are in danger of being released. For the New England Patriots, some of those cuts will likely come from the WR ranks.

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Fleshing out Pats WR corps 

June, 16, 2013
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We've been able to count on Tom Brady to lead the New England Patriots' impressive passing attack for years, but its unclear whether the pass-catchers he has right now will be up to the task this season. Gone are Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd, and it remains thoroughly unclear when we will see Rob Gronkowski back on the field. Time will tell whether Gronk is ready for Week 1, but in the meantime, the Pats are going to have to flesh out their WR corps beyond presumptive top target Danny Amendola, who, of course, has his own well-documented injury concerns.

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Clean slate in New England? 

June, 1, 2013
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Wes Welker is in Denver. Danny Woodhead is in San Diego. Rob Gronkowski may end up with more surgeries than catches in 2013. If you put him in front of a lineup right now, Tom Brady might not be able to identify any of his potential receivers for the upcoming season.

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More talk on the Pats' WRs 

May, 9, 2013
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After the Tennessee Titans added Justin Hunter in the second round of the draft, there was talk that there would be an odd man out from amongst the veterans already on the roster; Lavelle Hawkins was that man, and he was released by Tennessee last week, only to land with the New England Patriots on Wednesday. So how does he fit in to the Patriots' mix at the position?

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Fleshing out Pats WR corps 

May, 8, 2013
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If you take a look at the New England Patriots WR depth chart, you may not see many familiar names. Veterans Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd are gone, which leaves them with the likes of Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Michael Jenkins, Donald Jones and rookies Aaron Dobson (second-rounder) and Josh Boyce (fourth-rounder). Of course, the Pats have been successful over the years at making no-namers into quality producers, so it wouldn't be surprising to see some of the lesser-known pass-catchers make a splash in 2013.

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Impact of Edelman's setback 

May, 7, 2013
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After floating in the choppy waters of free agency for a spell, WR Julian Edelman re-signed with the New England Patriots this offseason, and he continues to rehabilitate from a season-ending foot injury. Given that the team lost Wes Welker to the Broncos in free agency, some believe that Edelman could see an increased role. Unfortunately, it appears that he's hit a setback.

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