Data Scout Notes: 215-1370-6.4-13TD-Rush/55.613TD-11INT-Pass
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Patriots' picks: 7/232 -- Julian Edelman, WR, 6-0, 198, Kent State...Why not try to find lightning a bottle in the seventh round? It's unlikely Edelman is being brought in here to be the next David Givens, but the Patriots are searching for kick-return talent with Hobbs dealt on draft day. A player such as Edelman could fill the role Matthew Slater failed to fill last year or, at the very least, provide enough competition to push the more established players. Edelman also played quarterback in college for the Flashes, so it's up in the air as to how the Patriots will do. Perhaps he's just an arm to help get the wide receivers some work in camp. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Julian Edelman News
06/08/17 - WR Julian Edelman has reached agreement on a two-year contract extension with the New England Patriots, multiple media outlets reported Thursday. Financial terms of the contract extension, which runs through the 2019 season, were not immediately available. Edelman is heading into the final season of his four-year deal that was signed in 2014. He is slated to earn $3 million in base salary in 2017. Edelman has been Tom Brady's most frequent target over the last four years, reeling in 356 receptions for 3,826 yards and 20 touchdowns in that span. The 31-year-old recorded team highs in catches (98) and receiving yards (1,106) last season, although he managed only three touchdowns.
02/07/17 - WR Julian Edelman made a crazy, circus catch for a 23-yard gain in the middle of the field on the way to New England's game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.
Forget past Super Bowl circus-catch miseries of David Tyree or Mario Manningham. Forget, even, a Julio Jones sensational sideline grab earlier in the fourth quarter of this Super Bowl battle that appeared to put the Falcons in position to ice the game.
The soon-to-be four-time Super Bowl MVP tried to hit Edelman crossing the field. The pass deflected off rookie Atlanta safety Keanu Neal and into the air, falling into a mess of bodies that included Edelman and multiple Falcons. Breath was held on both sidelines and throughout each team's global fandom.
When the dust settled, officials ruled Edelman had caught the ball after all, for 23 yards to the Falcons 41. It was both unbelievable and appropriate at the same time. Edelman had been slumping through a series of drops and incompletions. But with the Super Bowl on the line, as he's done in the past, he somehow hauled it in.
Replay review at the behest of Falcons coach Dan Quinn verified that Edelman had, indeed, made the unfathomable catch. The ball was clearly in his grip while also trapped against the leg of a Falcons defender, keeping it from hitting the ground.
"I knew I had it. I felt like I got it," Edelman recalled.
"I couldn't believe it," Tom Brady said, noting history. "One of the greatest catches. We've been on the other end of those."
"I don't know," Edelman said behind a bearded smirk when asked if it was the best catch he's ever made. "It was only good if we won the game. Thankfully we won the game."
"One of the greatest catches I've ever seen," Brady added. "I don't know how he caught it. I don't think he does."
02/05/17 - WR Julian Edelman made a potentially game-saving catch on the Patriots' game-tying drive in the Super Bowl. He was on the ground to grab a tipped pass. Edelman cradled the ball against a defender's leg and gained 23 yards. "That was one of the greatest catches I've ever seen," Patriots QB Tom Brady said of the Edelman grab. "I don't know how he caught it. I don't think he does."
01/23/17 - WR Julian Edelman had eight grabs for 118 yards, the fourth 100-yard postseason game of his career, tying Deion Branch for the club mark. Edelman also passed Deion Branch and became the club leader for postseason receiving yards.
Edelman and Chris Hogan became the first pair of Patriots to record more than 100 receiving yards in a playoff game since 1963.
01/15/17 - WR Julian Edelman caught only two passes in the first half Saturday against Houston. But the second broke Wes Welker's postseason franchise record for catches. He then had six more grabs in the second half, and he finished with 137 receiving yards.
Edelman has 76 postseason catches, good for a tie for seventh place on the all-time NFL list. Jerry Rice is the all-time leader with 151, 58 more than second-place Reggie Wayne.
"Jules did a great job," quarterback Tom Brady said. "He always does. He's a huge playmaker for us. With his ability to create separation and make plays down the field ... he did a bunch of that tonight, so, he did a great job."