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Episode 643

Julian Edelman
Tue, 2019-Feb-05 01:47 UTC
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With 1,138,242 views on Monday, 4 February 2019 our article of the day is Julian Edelman.

Julian Francis Edelman (born May 22, 1986) is an American football wide receiver and punt returner for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Kent State and College of San Mateo as a quarterback. He was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft and has played his entire career for New England. Edelman primarily plays in the slot on offense and as a punt returner, he has also been pressed into service as a cornerback at times when the Patriots have been shorthanded on defense.

Edelman spent his first four seasons in the league primarily backing up slot receiver Wes Welker, to whom he was often compared as the two have a similar physique and playing style. During those seasons, he primarily played as a returner, only seeing the field on offense when the highly productive Welker was injured. Welker left the team after the 2012 season, and Edelman seamlessly moved in to his slot receiver role, becoming one of the main targets for Tom Brady, averaging more than 6 catches per game. He was sidelined with an ACL injury for the entire 2017 season, and served a 4 game suspension in 2018 for the use of performance-enhancing substances.

Edelman is one of the most productive receivers in post-season history, ranking second overall (behind Jerry Rice) in both post-season receiving yards and post-season receptions. He has played in four Super Bowl games (Super Bowl XLVI, Super Bowl XLIX, Super Bowl LI, and Super Bowl LIII). In the last three (all Patriots wins), he led all wide receivers in receiving yards, culminating in an MVP-earning performance in Super Bowl LIII when he had 10 catches for 141 yards receiving, more than half of his team's total receiving yardage. He holds two Super Bowl records: career punt returns (8) and first half receptions in a single game (7).

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