Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (concussion, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. The probable tag means that Edelman will suit up in a nice matchup against Baltimore. He was the #13 WR in PPR formats (17 in standard) through 15 weeks, prior to his concussion. He should be a nice start in daily formats.
The Ravens have only allowed five touchdowns to tight ends in the regular season, and they held Jimmy Graham to 47 yards receiving. Do the Ravens have a chance of slowing down Rob Gronkowski, or do you throw out those numbers because he is on a different level?
Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss: They can definitely slow Gronkowski, but it will come at a cost. One of the most impressive things about Gronkowski’s season to me is how his 82 catches for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns hardly tell the whole story. It’s plays like touchdown catches by Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen against the Broncos on Nov. 2 that highlight his true value because there were three to four defenders swarming around Gronkowski in the end zone, creating those one-on-one opportunities for Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen. That was pretty commonplace this season with Gronkowski, who is a pure combination tight end in the sense that he can also dominate as a blocker when he wants; it's not just catching the ball. So I’d be surprised if the Ravens can slow Gronkowski consistently with just one player like safety Will Hill. But if they want to devote extra resources to it, they can probably dictate the ball going elsewhere, and the Patriots have shown the ability to capitalize when that happens.
When New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman takes the field in Saturday’s divisional-round playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, it will mark his first game in almost a month. No one is more excited about that than Edelman, although quarterback Tom Brady probably isn’t far behind.
The two are working overtime to re-establish and fine-tune the connection that helped Edelman produce a team-high 92 receptions before he was shut down during the final games of the season with a concussion.
“We’ve been practicing the last week and a half or something; I know Tom a little bit here now, these last few years. He knows me. There’s a foundation,” Edelman relayed in his first remarks to the press since Dec. 14 following a victory over the Dolphins. "But even if whatever happened didn’t happen, we still have to continue to try to get better. That’s what we’re trying to do -- staying after, throwing a couple extra routes, bouncing ideas off each other. Like any other week, I guess, but the stakes are a little higher.”
Edelman should hit the ground the running against a shaky Baltimore secondary. He was the #13 WR in PPR formats before missing the final two games with a concussion.
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17. It’s not clear if Edelman has been fully cleared to play at this point in the week. He needs 85 receiving yards to earn another $500,000 incentive in his contract, but that doesn’t matter if he hasn’t made it through the league’s concussion protocol.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 16. Edelman apparently is in the concussion protocol and his status is uncertain for Sunday. We expect him to play, but we won’t know for sure until Sunday morning. New England plays early, thankfully.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Edelman apparently is in the concussion protocol, but it’s a good sign that he’s practicing this early in the week.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Edelman apparently is in the concussion protocol, but it’s a good sign that he’s practicing this early in the week.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm
The New England Patriots announced that they have placed second-year WR Aaron Dobson on injured reserve. Dobson injured his hamstring in the second half of the Patriots loss at Green Bay last Sunday. Dobson played in four games with one start in 2014 and finished with three receptions for 38 yards.
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
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