The New England Patriots needed Julian Edelman to step up big this season. Challenge accepted, challenge complete.
In week 17 against the Buffalo Bills, Edelman was once again Tom Brady’s primary target. He finished the game with 9 catches for 65 yards, bringing his season totals to 105 catches and 1056 yards.
This marks the first time Edelman has recorded both 1000 yards and 100 catches in a single season, and so a hearty congratulations goes out to that young man. While so much was made about the loss of Wes Welker in the offseason – and rightfully so – this was another case in which the next man up took advantage of a critical vacancy.
Many people thought Danny Amendola would be the guy to slide into Wes Welker’s slot role, but injuries prevented Amendola from cementing that position. Furthermore, the absence of Rob Gronkowski and Shane Vereen early this year left the title of “Tom Brady’s favorite receiver” up for grabs. If Pro Bowl selections did not revolve around simple popularity, Edelman might just have snuck in while Welker watched the game from his Denver couch.
Julian Edelman has taken Patriot Nation by storm and been the answer to question marks all over the field for New England’s offense, while leaving defenders scratching their heads for answers on how to stop him. It’s been a Pro Bowl season for #11 and even though Edelman was not elected to Hawaii’s competition this year, he’s certainly got everyone’s attention now.