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|Julian Edelman was only able to play in nine regular season games last year before breaking his foot, but caught 61 passes for 692 yards and 7 touchdowns. His surgically repaired foot is said to be doing fine and while the team may be cautious with him during training camp, the start of the season is not considered to be in danger. Edelman has been Tom Brady’s security blanket since Wes Welker departed, due to his route running, sure hands and toughness over the middle. The former college quarterback is the master of taking the short pass in the flat and turning up field quickly to gain extra yards, a staple play in this offense that has become almost indefensible. With the offense not expected to change much during Brady’s early season absence, Edelman should still be the focal point of the quick passing game. Edelman’s seven touchdowns last season were a career high so fantasy owners should be careful not to over project based on those TDs coming in only nine games. They should however feel free to pencil Edelman in for the 90-plus catches barring injury.
| Julian Edelman leaves practice (lower leg)|
Pats WR appeared frustrated; more reports to follow
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Aug 9, 11:04 am
|Pats Insider Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) on Twitter: "Julian Edelman has gone off to the side with disgust, threw helmet. Trainer Jim Whalen looking at lower left leg as Edelman sits on cart." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The injury was sustained during a joint practice with the Saints on Tuesday. This is not good news for the Patriots, who are already without QB Tom Brady for the first four games of the season. Stay tuned.
| Julian Edelman returns to practice|
Off the PUP list
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Aug 7, 3:00 pm
|The Patriots offense received a big boost this afternoon with the return of wide receiver Julian Edelman to practice.
Edelman was in pads and wasn't even wearing a non-contact jersey.
Edelman, who has been recovering from foot surgeries, began training camp on the active/PUP list. He has been working out at camp, signalling that he was close to a return.
Today, the Patriots finally removed him from the PUP and gave him the green light. (Boston Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Foot injuries are difficult for athletes so while it's nice to Edelman back at camp and presumably he will be ready for Week 1, his injury history should be noted by fantasy owners. He's missed 9 games over the last two seasons.