Posts Tagged ‘Julian Edelman’

Competition Abounds at Patriots Wide Receiver Position

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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NEPD Staff Writer: Craig Cusson

As the Preseason has neared the halfway mark, there are still a handful of question marks regarding one key position. Who will Tom Brady most rely upon? Will the Patriots have enough offensive fire power to make it back to the promised land? After all, in order for Giselle to get upset about Tom “throwing and catching his own balls”, wide receiver establishment must be made.

Here is how it shakes out with two weeks left.

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2013 Was No Flash in the Pan for Julian Edelman

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
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This former MAC QB has been a versatile pick for the Patriots.

NEPD Staff Writer: Jason Cappell

When Wes Welker signed with the Denver Broncos in 2013, it signaled the end of an era. And when New England opted to sign Danny Amendola from the St. Louis Rams as Welker’s heir-apparent, it became readily evident that the Patriots were indeed moving on. 

The comparisons between the two were endless. Both receivers attended Texas Tech and both were high volume pass catchers who could also contribute to the return game. The Patriots’ move made perfect sense at the time as Amendola was younger, faster and more athletic than Welker. Many believed Amendola would fit in seamlessly and the offense wouldn’t miss a beat. Some even speculated that Amendola was an upgrade.

But there was one slight problem.

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Patriots Wide Receiver Breakdown: Volume in Numbers at OTAs

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

The Patriots’ wide receiving corps was highlighted during the summer of 2013, and it is once again in 2014. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

As organized team activities opened up on Tuesday, May 27, the New England Patriots filled the 90-man roster to maximum capacity by signing two wide receivers. In doing so, one of the positions which grew scarce with attrition and inexperience last season now stands among the squad’s deepest in volume.

It stands at 13.

In a numbers game, though, less than half of that baker’s dozen will ultimately make the 53-man roster. And if the past serves as an indicator of the future, the process will remain a fluid one until then.

That was illustrated last June, as the Patriots stocked OTAs with 10 wideouts. The pool included three incumbents – who combined 21 receptions for the year prior – along with four veteran signings, two rookie draft picks and two undrafted rookies.

The average age of the nucleus was 25 years old.

But by the time OTAs turned into training camp and the preseason, the landscape shifted. Rookie Mark Harrison was never activated from the non-football injury list, incumbent Kamar Aiken and veterans Michael Jenkins, Donald Jones and Lavelle Hawkins were let go. Several more joined only to meet the same fate.

The fate of New England’s 2014 collection is not yet known. Even so, there are some elements that are. (more…)


Patriots Pull Off A Stunner and Land CB Darrelle Revis

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Welcome to Foxboro Mr. Revis.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Less than 24 hour ago many Patriots fans were headed to the Tobin Bridge. Fans were take the leap after the Broncos once again plucked the Patriots top unrestricted free agent and after the Patriots did… well, nothing. Fast forward 24 hours later and not only have the Patriots replaced Aqib Talib, they upgraded.

Early Wednesday night, Bill Belichick swooped in and pulled off arguably the biggest free agent coup in Patriots history, landing All-World CB Darrelle Revis.

Here are my thoughts on the Revis signing, what it means, and where both sides go from here.

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2014 NFL Free Agency: Patriots Open Thead

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Is Darrelle Revis a future Patriot?

NEPD Staff

NFL Free Agency starts in less than two hours. Aqib Talib and Julian Edelman are still unsigned and the Patriots have holes to fill.

Who do you want the Patriots to sign? What roster moves do they still need to make? Tell us what your off-season plan is and what you would do with the Patriots open cap space.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the day.


In the Red Zone: Examining the Patriots Passing Attack vs. Dolphins in Week 15

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Julian Edelman and the productive Patriots passing game met its match in the red zone. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

While 34 completions, 364 yards and two touchdowns convey otherwise, the New England Patriots passing game was condensed in Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Without tight end Rob Gronkowski attracting defenders off the line, without rookie wideouts Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins stretching the edges of the field, and without left tackle Nate Solder enduring blocks off the blind side, New England’s offense was forced to change shape.

The unit did so with backup tight end Michael Hoomanawanui supplanting Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and fourth-round pick Josh Boyce occupying the top three wide receiver spots, and left guard Logan Mankins transitioning to left tackle.

The modifications exchanged size and downfield presence for short, timing routes built to exploit Miami’s off-man and press-ball coverage while preserving quarterback Tom Brady.

The offense remained relatively efficient through the process. Brady was sacked once, hurried 12 times and hit seven times, according to Pro Football Focus, but the Patriots managed to sustain drives of 16, 10, 15 and 12 plays long.

As those four drives merged into the red zone, however, New England’s undermanned and undersized attack revealed its side effects.

Only one drive inside the 20 resulted in a touchdown. (more…)


Breaking One: Julian Edelman and the Patriots Punt Return Unit

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Julian Edelman has found the blocks in front of him, emerging as one of the top punt returners in the NFL.  (Photo: NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The punt return is an overlooked intermediary. It symbolizes the end of one offensive drive and the beginning of another. It is an exchange of possession that leaves one man fielding a fly ball against tacklers with a 50-yard head start.

And for New England Patriots wide receiver and return man Julian Edelman, it is an art.

With 1,242 yards on 98 career attempts, the 2009 seventh-round draft pick out of Kent State finds himself fifth all-time and first among active NFL players with a 12.7 return average. Edelman has cracked off gains of 68, 72 and 94 yards over the last four seasons on his way to three touchdowns.

Yet what’s lost in those numbers is what it takes to attain them.

It takes all 11 players to break one. (more…)







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