It’s been a season full of unusual storylines for the Patriots. From injuries to multiple key players, Tebowmania and multiple court proceedings, the story of Julian Edelman’s emergence has been lost in the shuffle. With three games left in his fifth season, Edelman has already put up career numbers as a wide receiver. His 76 receptions on 110 targets, 775 receiving yards and five touchdowns, all surpass his career totals heading into the season (69 receptions on 108 targets, 714 receiving yards and four touchdowns). And with Rob Gronkowski out for the season, Edelman will head down the stretch as one of Tom Brady’s top weapons. It’s a new role for the 27-year-old, but he’s enjoying every moment of it. “I love playing this game,” Edelman said. “I enjoy every day of it, except sometimes the long meetings. I’m very fortunate to come out here and I get to play a game for a job. I enjoy doing it.” In previous seasons, most of Edelman’s offensive production has been as the team’s punt returner. He’s still regarded as one of the best in the game, but this year his role changed after multiple injuries to the offense. When Gronkowski missed the first six weeks and Danny Amendola injured his groin, Edelman stepped up. He’s been able to stay healthy and has reaped the benefits. After signing a one-year, $715,000 contract with the Patriots in the offseason, Edelman’s already met all of his incentives and earned an extra $250,000.
Edelman now leading man
Boston Herald | Dec 14