Beat: Julian Edelman is the 'clearcut' WR1 - [Full Article]

The Patriots re-signed Edelman this offseason, and the veteran pass-catcher picked up right where he left off last season — he was the best receiver on the field. He caught passes over the middle and made more than one impressive grab down the sideline.

In fact, Edelman was able to get away from the coverage of cornerback Darrelle Revis to make three nice grabs in Thursday's final media availability at OTAs. Previously, quarterback Tom Brady had been avoiding Revis entirely.

It is noteworthy that Brady hasn't been locking in on Edelman throughout practice, instead spreading the ball around to Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce and Danny Amendola. So far, though, Edelman is the clearcut top receiver on the field.

Fantasy Impact: 

Edelman caught a career high 105 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns filling the Wes Welker role in the Patriots offense. Danny Amendola should be healthier this season, but it may not matter — Edelman clearly outplayed Amendola in 2013 and the team rewarded him with a new contract. He should once again threaten the 100-catch mark as Tom Brady’s favorite target not named Rob Gronkowski.

Filed Under: 2014, Preseason

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