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Friday, December 13, 2019

Articles tagged: Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman releases hype video with clear message for Patriots doubters

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The New England Patriots have seemingly been criticized more than any 10-2 team in NFL history, and you know they are going to take every bit of that criticism and try to use it to their advantage down the stretch. If you want proof of that, look no further than the hype video Julian Edelman released prior to Sunday’s game.

Edelman shared a compilation video on social media that showed several analysts talking about what a mess the Patriots’ offense is. The video also included Tom Brady’s famous quote from last year’s playoffs, when he said “everyone thinks we suck” after New England advanced to the AFC Championship Game.

The talk surrounding the 2019 Patriots is quite familiar, even if it is valid. Their offense has not been good, but their defense is elite and has carried them to 10 wins in 12 games. If Brady and his receivers can somehow get on the same page, New England would become even more dangerous.

Pundits and talk show hosts have prematurely written the Patriots off in the past, and Brady has made it no secret that he uses all that talk as motivation. Whether their analysis this year has been accurate or not, it’s no surprise the Pats are using the naysayers as fuel once again.

Several Patriots players show support for Antonio Brown’s latest apology

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Antonio Brown issued yet another lengthy statement on social media Friday essentially begging NFL teams to give him another shot, and several New England Patriots players rushed to show support for him once again.

In his latest Instagram post, Brown acknowledged some of his past mistakes and called his behavior “inexcusable.” He also said he regrets the way he handled himself after “false information and allegations” came out.

“I do take full responsibility for my actions and I’m working everyday to repair what I broke,” Brown wrote. “I do know that if I’m ever given the opportunity to play the game that I love, I’m going to work extremely hard to show the world how much I appreciate another chance. To the organizations that I offended, I offer my sincere apology to you and my hope is that you forgive me and help me move on from this minor setback. I look forward to competing and helping a team reach their goals.”

As has often been the case when Brown posts on social media this season, a number of prominent Patriots players “liked” the post. Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, James White and Stephon Gilmore were among them.

Brown’s latest apology was more general than the one he issued a few weeks ago, which was directed at the Patriots. Several players “liked” that post as well, and there have been reports that players and coaches in New England would welcome the star receiver back.

Brown had ripped Robert Kraft in a since-deleted tweet when the team released him back in September, and he recently reposted something from a fan that included criticism of the Patriots owner. He also showed love to Tom Brady with a post, and the Patriots could certainly use him with their offense struggling.

In all likelihood, Brown is going to have to wait until the offseason to sign with a team. The NFL still has not announced whether or not he will be suspended, but he probably will be at some point.

Watch: Julian Edelman throws first career regular season touchdown pass

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Julian Edelman played quarterback in college and showed once again that he still maintains his strong passing skills.

Edelman threw a go-ahead touchdown pass in the third quarter of Sunday’s New England Patriots-Philadelphia Eagles game to make it 15-10. On a 3rd-and-11 play in the red zone, he took a backwards pass from Tom Brady and fired a perfect strike in the end zone to Phillip Dorsett.

Edelman began throwing passes in the Patriots’ offense in the playoffs in 2014 and threw a touchdown pass against the Ravens that postseason. He attempted another in the 2016 postseason and missed. Last year, Edelman went 2-for-2 on passes in the regular season. He’s now 4-for-4 on passes since last season. And yes, he has a perfect passer rating in the regular season. What’s up, Tom?  

Rob Gronkowski says squirrel Julian Edelman ‘gets that nut’

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Rob Gronkowski made his broadcasting debut for the NFL on FOX ahead of the Thursday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, and he did not disappoint.

Gronk spoke about his former teammate Julian Edelman and explained why the receiver is nicknamed “squirrel.” Gronk got intense as he talked, like he was cutting a wrestling promo.

“He’s furry. He’s cute. He’s elusive. He’s feisty. And most importantly, whenever he gets a chance, he gets that nut!” Gronk said.

The energy and phrasing by Gronk is exactly what FOX signed up for. Of course, get that nut could have multiple meanings beyond just going after a football, which is probably where Gronk’s mind was.

Gronk and Edelman were teammates on the Patriots for nine seasons

Julian Edelman could play in Week 4 as rib injury appears minor

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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman appears to be in danger of missing little, if any, time as a result of his rib injury.

A source told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com that Edelman would be “good” going forward, and the Patriots haven’t even ruled him out for Week 4, suggesting he could still feature.

The 33-year-old is off to a solid start to 2019, with 17 catches for 196 yards and a touchdown through three weeks.

All signs indicate that Edelman isn’t dealing with anything serious. It’s too early to issue an injury designation for him right now, but he’s more or less questionable for Week 4, and we’ll see how he progresses and how cautious the Patriots want to be.

Julian Edelman has X-rays come back negative on rib injury

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Julian Edelman left Sunday’s game against the New York Jets with a rib injury, but initial indications are that he may have avoided anything serious.

Edelman underwent X-rays after exiting the 30-14 win, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that they came back negative.

Even if the injury was one Edelman could have played through, there was no need for him to in a game that the New England Patriots completely dominated. Edelman will likely undergo more tests, but it’s hard to draw conclusions from the fact that he didn’t play in the second half on Sunday.

Edelman appeared to suffer the injury when he was speared by a Jets defender while on the ground. He has battled a number of injuries over the past few seasons and has played in 16 games in a season just once in the past five years. Hopefully the latest is nothing serious.

Julian Edelman leaves Week 4 game with chest injury

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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman left his team’s game against the New York Jets late in the second quarter on Sunday with an injury, and he was not on the field or the sideline at the start of the second half.

The Patriots announced at halftime that Edelman was questionable to return with a chest injury. He appeared to grab his midsection after being hit hard by a couple of Jets defenders with about 1:00 remaining in the first half. Here’s a video of the play:

It will be hard to get a read on how serious the injury is, as the Patriots were leading 20-0 at the time Edelman left. Even after releasing Antonio Brown this week, they probably did not need Edelman to beat the Jets.

Edelman has battled a number of injuries over the past few seasons. He missed a large portion of the preseason with a hand injury and has played in 16 games in a season just once in the past five years.