|ADP:||Round: 8, Pick: 2|
|Team:||New England Patriots|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 198 lb.|
|Born:||May 22, 1986|
|Drafted:||2009 / Rd. 7 (232)|
Edelman (shoulder) won't be prosecuted after being cited for misdemeanor vandalism in January, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Analysis: Edelman was arrested back on Jan. 11 in Beverly Hills, after reportedly jumping on the hood of a vehicle and causing damage. According to Thursday's official filing, "the owner of the vehicle has informed the DA's Office that he does not want the arrestee to be prosecuted for the proposed vandalism charge. The arrestee has no known criminal history. Case filing declined in the interests of justice." The 33-year-old wideout is bouncing back from a minor shoulder procedure that he underwent in January, and is expected to be ready for action whenever the Patriots next take the field. At that time, Edelman will no longer have Tom Brady throwing him passes, and he'll look to build chemistry with second-year signal caller Jarrett Stidham, while also re-connecting with veteran Brian Hoyer, who's back in the team's QB mix after spending last season with the Colts.
Edelman had shoulder surgery last week, with the expectation of being ready for the Patriots' offseason program this spring, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The extent of Edelman's participation in the offseason program is a legitimate question mark, but there isn't any reason to believe his rehab process will extend beyond spring practices. In addition to the recent procedure to repair the AC joint in his left shoulder, Edelman was expected to have arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body in his left knee. It isn't clear whether the second procedure has taken place yet, but it should happen soon enough if it hasn't already. The offseason has already been quite busy for Edelman, who was arrested Jan. 11 and cited for misdemeanor vandalism, an infraction that probably isn't severe enough to warrant discussion of an NFL suspension. In any case, he'll turn 34 in May as he enters the first season of a two-year, $15.5 million extension. Meanwhile, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can become an unrestricted free agent in March, if he so desires.
Edelman is expected to undergo a pair of offseason procedures, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: Per the report, the Patriots' top pass catcher is in line to have a scope to identify and help remove a loose body in his left knee, as well as undergo a procedure to repair the AC joint in his left shoulder. In other news, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports that Edelman, who was "arrested Saturday night in Beverly Hills, California, and cited for misdemeanor vandalism" is as a result scheduled to appear in court on April 13. With the Patriots eliminated from the playoffs, Edelman should have ample time to recover physically in advance of training camp, while the fallout from Saturday's incident, while something to follow, doesn't seem likely to be major.
Offseason surgery hasn't been ruled out for Edelman, who dealt with shoulder, knee and rib issues this past season, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Per Howe, Edelman's assortment of injuries were "serious enough that they would have ended some other players' seasons." As is it, the 33-year-old toughed it out through all 16 of the Patriots' regular-season contests, as well as the team's wild-card loss to the Titans. On the heels of a 100-catch, 1,117-yard campaign, Edelman will now look to recover from his aches and pains this offseason, with or without surgical repairs, while closely following status of long-time franchise QB Tom Brady, who is eligible to become a free agent March 18.
Edelman caught three of his five targets for 30 yards in the team's Wild-Card Round loss to the Titans. He added two rushes for 12 yards and a score.
Analysis: Edelman was uncharacteristically quiet, out-targeted by N'Keal Harry and logging only the fourth most receiving yards on the team. It's unclear how much nagging shoulder and knee injuries derailed his performance, but Edelman had an untimely drop early in the third quarter that stalled an otherwise promising drive. Though he is signed through the 2021 season, there is an an out in Edelman's contract that would allow the Patriots to cut him and incur just $2.7 million in dead cap. That said, Edelman's future with the team could be linked to quarterback Tom Brady's pending decision to re-sign with the team, retire or sign elsewhere.
Edelman (knee/shoulder) is listed as active for Saturday's playoff game against the Titans.
Analysis: Edelman has been banged up of late, but there's wasn't much doubt that he'd tough things out in the Patriots' playoff opener. As QB Tom Brady's most trusted target, Edelman figures to see his share of looks in the passing game Saturday night, in the absence of any in-game setbacks.
Edelman (knee/shoulder) is one of six New England players listed as questionable for Saturday night's playoff game against the Titans after practicing in a limited fashion this week, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: That said, the report notes that Edelman, who has battled his share of aches and pains of late, indicated Thursday in a radio interview the he feels "better than (he has) in the last few weeks." With that in mind, we have little doubt that the Patriots' top pass catcher will be available this weekend, an outcome that will be confirmed about 90 minutes prior to Saturday night's 8:15 ET kickoff.
Edelman (knee/shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Edelman has been banged up of late and he certainly would have benefited from a first-round bye. Alas, the Patriots' Week 17 loss to the Dolphins has set the stage for a Wild Card matchup versus the Titans on Saturday. Though Edelman figures to be officially listed as questionable for the contest, there's little doubt regarding his availability for his team's playoff opener.
Edelman (knee/shoulder) was a limited participant at Tuesday's practice.
Analysis: Edelman played through the knee and shoulder issues Week 17 but secured only three of seven targets for 27 yards, while also having a fumble. The fact the 33-year-old is beginning the week as a limited participant bodes well for his availability in the wild-card matchup with Tennessee. However, the lack of a bye week likely means Edelman will remain less than 100 percent in the playoffs.
Edelman (knee/shoulder) secured three of seven targets for 26 yards in the Patriots' 27-24 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. He also committed a fumble but it was recovered by the offense.
Analysis: Edelman had another atypically unproductive day, giving him a pair of sub-30-yard tallies over his final three games of the regular campaign. The veteran did reach the 100-reception mark for the second time in his career with Sunday's production, while his 1,117 receiving yards were a career high. Edelman will look to step his production back up in next weekend's Wild Card matchup against the Texans.
Edelman (knee/shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Analysis: Given that the Patriots are looking to secure a first-round playoff bye with a Week 17 win -- or a Kansas City loss -- Edelman will unsurprisingly tough things out Sunday. He's seen a bit of a dip in his snap share over his last two outings, but as long as he's able to remain on the field, Edelman will remain QB Tom Brady's most trusted target, a context that led to the 33-year-old pass-catcher logging a team-high six targets in last weekend's 24-17 win over the Bills, en route to securing five catches for 72 yards.
Edelman (knee/shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins after logging limited practices this week.
Analysis: The 12-3 Patriots head into Week 17 looking to clinch a first-round playoff bye, which they'd accomplish with a win Sunday (or a Kansas City loss). In that context, we have little doubt that Edelman will be active this weekend, an outcome that should be confirmed about 90 minutes prior to the team's 1:00 ET kickoff.
Edelman ( (knee/shoulder) was limited at practice Thursday, Andrew Callahan of The Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: Chances are, Edelman will remain limited at practice Friday and head into Sunday's game against the Dolphins listed as questionable. Still, we have little doubt that he'll suit up this weekend, with the 12-3 Patriots trying to secure a first-round playoff bye, which they'd accomplish with a Week 17 win (or a Kansas City loss).
Edelman (knee/shoulder) was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimate, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: There's a pretty good chance that Edelman will approach Sunday's game against the Dolphins officially listed as questionable, but at the same time we expect the Patriots' top receiver to continue to tough things out and suit up this weekend, barring any setbacks.
Edelman hauled in five of six targets for 72 receiving yards during Saturday's 24-17 win against Buffalo.
Analysis: The wily veteran receiver entered New England's pivotal Week 16 matchup dealing with knee and shoulder issues, but he continues to be a reliable, high-floor option nonetheless. Outside of a two-catch performance against the Bengals last Sunday, Edelman has produced at least five receptions and 47 receiving yards in every game dating back to Week 5, while also providing six total touchdowns during that span. With New England still having potential to secure a first-round bye in the regular-season finale, there is motivation for Tom Brady to push the ball to his most-trusted target Edelman in a matchup against Miami's No. 24 pass defense.
Edelman (head) returned to Saturday's game versus the Bills, Greg A. Bedard of the Las Vegas Review-Journalreports.
Analysis: After being called for offensive pass interference in the third quarter, Edelman stayed on the ground for a bit. Eventually, the Patriots yanked him from the game to be evaluated for a head injury, but tests have given the wideout the all-clear. Edelman's presence will be key for a receiving corps lacking in trust from Tom Brady.
Edelman went to the locker room to be evaluated for a head injury during Saturday's game against the Bills, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.
Analysis: Edelman took on a Bills defender head-on in the third quarter and was called for offensive pass interference in the process. He remained on the turf for a spell before attempting to play through it but eventually underwent and examination in the blue sideline tent. If he's indeed diagnosed with a concussion, he'll be subject to the league's protocol for head injuries in order to return to the field.
Edelman (knee/shoulder) is listed as active for Saturday's game against the Bills.
Analysis: As expected, Edelman will tough it out in Saturday's AFC East matchup featuring the 11-3 Patriots and 10-4 Bills. His playing time share took a bit of a dip (he logged 40 of a possible 65 snaps) in Week's 15 win over the Bengals, so it remains to be seen if New England's productive pass catcher -- who recent reports have indicated has been dealing with some tendon damage in his left knee -- will be any closer to full strength this weekend. As long as he's able to remain on the field, however, Edelman will continue to profile as QB Tom Brady's most trusted target.
Edelman (knee/shoulder) is expected to play Saturday against the Bills, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Official confirmation of his Week 16 status will arrive about 90 minutes prior to the Patriots' 4:30 ET kickoff, but it looks like Edelman -- who seemed affected by his aches and pains in Week 15's win over the Bengals -- will continue to tough things out against the Bills. Even if he's still less than 100 percent at this stage, he should factor in Saturday, as QB Tom Brady's most trusted target.
Edelman (knee/shoulder) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Bills after practicing in a limited fashion this week.
Analysis: We'd expect Edelman to continue to tough things this weekend, though his Week 16 "questionable" injury designation is legitimate enough for fantasy managers to want to verify his status prior to Saturday's 4:30 ET kickoff. Edelman's normally robust workload took a bit of a dip (40 of a possible 65 snaps) in this past Sunday's win over the Bengals, so it remains to be seen if the Patriots' top pass catcher -- who has reportedly been dealing with some tendon damage in his left knee -- will approach Saturday's tilt any closer to full strength and in turn log an increased allotment of snaps.
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