Julian Edelman has played a huge role in two big blowout victories for the New England Patriots, but he was unable to emerge from this one without harm. The lone blemish in this game for Edelman was a fumble, and it wasn’t his fault for it came at the jaws of a devastating helmet-to-helmet hit for LaRon Landry (the “Hulk” of the NFL’s safeties).
Landry prides himself in his ability to create jarring hits and turnovers in the middle of the field, and it’s the only true source of value that stems from his pass defense (he mainly earns his keep in run support). Edelman was the victim of an extremely hard hit, and he left the game with a concussion.
It’s the only sad note on what was a terrific all-around game for the Patriots in their 49-19 demolition of the rival New York Jets. Edelman played a huge role in that with a 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown on a kick-off that exemplified the wide receiver’s hustle. He’s becoming an extremely versatile playmaker for the offense, and he found the end zone again later in the second quarter on a big 56-yard touchdown pass.
With Rob Gronkowski out, Edelman is only going to get more involved in the Patriots offense and is showing why the coaching staff was so high on him. He is no longer some run-of-the-mill No. 3 wide receiver. Edelman has quickly turned himself to a legitimate threat for defenses, and there are few players in the league who display as much effort as he does in games. He can do everything from make big hustle plays, return kicks and punts, catch touchdowns, and even throw and run. Now that’s called being an all-around threat to score.
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