It seemed like everything was going well for New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman in the recovery from a broken foot injury that he sustained last season. The injury ended up placing Edelman on the injured reserve just when it seemed like everything was finally beginning to click for him, and the Boston Globe’s Shalise Manza Young reported another setback yesterday for Edelman. She reported that Edelman has re-injured his right foot and is back in a walking boot.
Edelman has earned a reputation for being an injury prone player, and the foot injury is the main reason why the quality wideout received interest from only one other team (the New York Giants, who weren’t willing to offer Edelman a contract) during the free agent period. If Edelman can stay healthy next season, then he should be in-line for some nice numbers. It seems like the Patriots have finally realized how to use him effectively, which is by using him all over the field and running more deep routes. Earlier in his career, Edelman was used pretty much exclusively on short routes, but he showed some real playmaking ability and significantly improved long speed last season, especially towards the end of his 2012 campaign.
Hopefully, Edelman will be ready for minicamp in June, and Manza Young did not rule that out in her report. Edelman clearly needs to stay healthy, because that’s the reason why he has had little value around the league. I have faith in Edelman’s ability to be a good wide receiver for the Patriots, but I sadly don’t have faith in his ability to stay healthy. It seems like Edelman is the victim of bad luck, though, and I think this setback is a minor one. The real concern is that he is fully healthy next season, doesn’t suffer any further setbacks, and can build on the momentum from last season.
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