Tom Brady made headlines for starring in a documentary last offseason, and his favorite receiver is doing the same heading into 2019.
According to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports, a Showtime Sports documentary called “100%: Julian Edelman” is set to air on Friday, June 28 at 9 p.m. The documentary will chronicle Edelman’s path to the NFL in addition to the obstacles he has faced in recent years, which include his four-game performance-enhancing drug suspension last year and the torn ACL he came back from prior to that.
Edelman has always been one of the most interesting stories in football, as he went from being a dual-threat quarterback at Kent State to becoming the 232nd pick in the NFL Draft back in 2009. From there, the Patriots turned him into one of the best slot receivers in football. He has gone on to enjoy incredible success playing alongside Tom Brady and was named the MVP of Super Bowl LIII.
While Edelman is 33 and has battled some injuries, the Patriots recently proved that they still value him a great deal. The documentary should be an interesting one for all football fans.
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The New England Patriots are a bit thin at the wide receiver position heading into 2019, but at least Tom Brady knows he will likely have his favorite target to throw to for the remainder of his career.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that Julian Edelman and the Patriots have agreed to a multi-year extension. Edelman was set to count just $5.4 million against the salary cap for 2019, but the new deal will give him a raise.
Sources: The #Patriots are finalizing a multi-year contract extension with Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman that should keep him in New England for the rest of his career. Tom Brady’s security blanket is now locked in for his 10th season and beyond.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 21, 2019
The #Patriots are giving WR Julian Edelman a two-year extension, source said, potentially taking him to the end of his career and allowing him to retire in New England. A well-deserved raise, too.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 21, 2019
Edelman has dealt with some injuries over the past few seasons and will turn 33 this week. He also missed four games at the start of 2018 due to a performance-enhancing drug suspension, but he remains one of the most hard-nosed and reliable players in football. New England’s offense is significantly better with Edelman on the field, and he and Brady clearly have a great relationship.
The Patriots drafted former Arizona State star N’Keal Harry in the first round last month, so they are hoping he will provide them with a threat on the outside while Edelman continues to serve as their chain-mover.
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Saturday is a big day for New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. Just don’t count on Tom Brady deferentially celebrating with him.
Edelman graduated from Kent State, finishing the degree that he started in 2006. The Patriots wide receiver made the announcement Thursday in a proud post on Twitter.
Two days later, Brady responded in typical fashion by roasting his teammate on his special day.
Congrats on 14 years of college!!! That’s got to be another record you set!!
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) May 11, 2019
It’s worth remembering that Brady and Edelman are incredibly close, and the quarterback has always been quick to discuss how valuable his favorite wide receiver is. It also likely means that Edelman is entirely used to this sort of treatment.
Julian Edelman served as an honorary captain for the Boston Bruins prior to their Game 7 matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, and the three-time Super Bowl champion did everything he could to get the home fans ready for battle.
Not long after the Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the first period, Edelman was shown on the TD Garden jumbotron waving a yellow towel. He then went Stone Cold Steve Austin and pounded a beer. As you might expect, the fans loved it.
Julian Edelman just made TD Garden lose it. pic.twitter.com/8AUkjX3xIo
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) April 23, 2019
The earliest cheers from Bruins fans came when Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen let up an incredibly soft goal, but perhaps it was Edelman’s influence that helped the Bruins take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Julian Edelman missed the first four games of the 2018 season when he was suspended for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, and the star wide receiver never came out and discussed what it was that triggered the positive test. But if you read between the lines, it seems like he either unknowingly took something or believes he was railroaded.
Edelman discussed the adversity he has faced over the past year in an interview with Peter King of NBC Sports, and King said he came away unsure if Edelman is embarrassed by the suspension or believes the NFL made a mistake. Edelman told King he doesn’t know exactly what happened.
“…And then when you’re told you can’t play football for four weeks because of something that happened that you really can’t get into because you really don’t know what happened, it’s tough,” he said. “You learn a lot from that.”
Like he did back in July, Edelman took responsibility for the situation. He added that league rules prevent him from discussing the exact nature of the positive test, which inspired King to ask him if he feels the four-game ban was unjust.
“I’m not going down that road. I served what I had to serve and I accept that,” Edelman said. “I know a lot of people were disappointed in me for it. I apologize. It’ll never happen again.”
Edelman initially tried to appeal his suspension based on a technicality but was denied. His season ended with a Super Bowl MVP award, and he said he understands some people will always view that as tainted. Perhaps the New England Patriots star will share more of his side of the story when he calls it a career.
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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman hauled in 10 receptions for 141 yards on 12 targets in a 13-3 Super Bowl LII victory over the Los Angeles Rams, ultimately earning the game’s MVP honors.
It was a well-deserved award as Edelman was the cream of the offensive crop on Sunday evening, out-gaining all other players from each team and coming up big on several third downs. However, in the mind of Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Edelman was a non-factor.
“He’s an elite player, plays hard, found some holes in our defense in the first half and pretty much the third quarter,” Suh said via WEEI. “In my opinion, just thinking back, we eliminated him, even though he got yardages. We just have to not allow points to get on the board and give our offense more opportunities to score.”
The Rams did hold the Patriots to just 13 points and held Edelman out of the end zone, but double-digit receptions and nearly 150 yards is hardly “eliminating” anyone. And on the drives in which the Patriots did score, Edleman hauled in three receptions for 44 yards, so he most certainly factored in.
Needless to say, if that was being “eliminated,” Edelman will take that 100 times out of 100.
For the better part of the last two decades, Super Bowls have been close contests that rarely go according to expectations. Super Bowl LIII was no different as the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams locked into a defensive battle that raged from the opening kickoff to the final play.
In the end, the Patriots won their sixth title — tying them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most all-time — by downing the Rams, 13-3, in one of the lowest-scoring Super Bowls in recent memory. Certainly the lowest scoring of the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady dynasty era.
But how did the Patriots get there? Who did they ride? And what led to the win? Here are five big reasons why New England is on top of the football world again.
5. Experience of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady
Sean McVay is an extremely intelligent young head coach with a bright future and Jared Goff is an up-and-coming quarterback, but Super Bowl LIII displayed the value of experience — and both Belichick and Brady have that in spades. Beyond just the nerves that come with playing in the Super Bowl, McVay seemed to be out-smarting himself early, while Goff took more than his fair share of untimely sacks. The Patriots also seemed to be ahead of the curve when it came to making in-game adjustments, with several coming even prior to halftime and then again late in the third quarter. The evolution throughout four quarters was a Belichick staple, and no amount of film and preparation could have prepared McVay for it.
4. Lots of new looks, pressure for Jared Goff
Expanding on Belichick out-smarting the Rams defensively, Goff faced a nightmare scenario in Super Bowl LIII as the Patriots threw countless new looks at him. And because of the confusion created by New England’s secondary, it allowed their front seven to repeatedly pressure Goff, force him out of the pocket and make quicker decisions than the play was designed for. Ultimately, he was sacked four times as the Patriots played zone coverage more than 55 percent of the time, which is substantially down from their league-leading average of 62 percent. And even when Goff did have a little time or an open man, he was dealing with happy feet and a lack of confidence due to the consistent pressure.
3. Winning time of possession
Never underestimate the value of winning the time of possession, especially against a potent offensive team like the Rams. No matter how handcuffed they appeared throughout the game, they had definitively proven to be a quick-strike team — even having a few of those moments on Sunday night. However, the Patriots did just enough all game to remain ahead in time of possession, keeping their defense fresh and the Rams’ gassed. That paid dividends late in the fourth quarter as the pounding began to take a toll on Los Angeles, and some of the numbers began to really add up — 3-of-13 on third down, seven penalties for 50 yards and 3.7 yards per play for Los Angeles.
2. Julian Edelman rising to the occasion
In a game that lacked any real offensive explosion, Julian Edelman was the standout player and likely Super Bowl MVP. Not only did he rack up 10 receptions for 141 yards on 12 targets, he routinely came up with big plays in big moments, converting on key third downs and helping to spark and otherwise lackluster offense. Moreover, when the film review of Super Bowl LIII winds down, many will see Edelman making key blocks downfield, running rub routes that opened up other potential plays and coaching up his teammates both on the field and on the sideline. On this night, Edelman refused to be denied, and both he and running back Sony Michel carried the Patriots offense.
1. Grit and determination
Statistics and analytics are golden nuggets in the sports world today, but the human element is still ultimately what determines winners and losers. Never has that been more apparent than in Super Bowl LIII, where the game could have legitimately gone either way at any moment. The Patriots, like the Rams, had their backs up against a wall throughout, knowing full well that even the most simple of mistakes could cost them a Lombardi Trophy. But given the poise and experience of their leaders — Bill Belichick and Tom Brady — New England remained calm, cool and collected. Time and time again the Patriots came up with a big play when they had to, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. It was clear they would not be denied on this Sunday evening, and there’s no amount of statistics or analytics in the world that matter more than that sort of determination and grit.