In 13 games (including the playoffs), Edelman played at a 102-catch, 1232-yard, 7.4-touchdown pace. Rob Gronkowski has retired, which will leave Edelman as the primary weapon in the passing game, if he isn’t already. In the 11 games since 2016 with Gronkowski sidelined, Edelman has averaged 6.9 catches for 84 yards and 0.27 touchdowns per game. Those are solid WR1 numbers in PPR and half-PPR formats, yet Edelman is going off the board as a midrange WR2.
Braxton Berrios, who can provide added value as a punt returner, would be on my initial 53-man roster projection.
Mike Reiss is pretty tied into the Patriots and he has Berrios making the team. He said the Pats are transitioning the offense with Rob Gronkowski retired and he thinks Berrios projects as a Danny Amendola-type who can also return punts. He reported Berrios has reported early to try and grab a spot.
Schefter added Edelman's not expected miss much, if any, time, per source. Edelman will be monitored, but outlook for now appears positive, he went on to say. The Week 11 bye comes at a good time for him.
Barner has now signed with New England three times in the last four weeks. He's rushed three times for 11 yards, having only seen the field in mop-up duty. Barner was originally signed before the Patriots' Week 2 trip to Jacksonville, then received his release less than two weeks later and brought back before being let go again last week.
As of Oct. 1 at 12 a.m. ET, the New England Patriots officially added another weapon to their offensive arsenal. Wide receiver Julian Edelman’s suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy ended at midnight. He now can return to Gillette Stadium, practice and talk football with players and coaches.
Edelman will return atop a Patriots wide receiver depth chart that also includes Hogan, Dorsett, Gordon and Patterson. Hogan, Dorsett and Patterson are most likely to see their snaps decrease with Edelman back in the fold. Gordon played 18 snaps in his Patriots debut Sunday, but his work figures to increase as he gets more comfortable in the offense.