Yesterday we heard that the Patriots will welcome three key players in 2021, but the prospects of another veteran remain uncertain. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports (via Twitter) that the veteran has spread Julian Edelman will continue to rehabilitate and recover from a knee injury that shortened his 2020 campaign.
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Rapoport notes that Edelman still wants to play next season, but the main concern is whether his knee will be able to withstand the rigors of another season in the NFL. No decision has been made, but Edelman’s status in 2021 will be directly attributed to his health. If he feels as if he has overcome a knee injury, he will probably be on the field.
The 34-year-old appeared in the first six games of New England for the 2020 season. Thanks (in part) to the fact that he sees goals from such Cam Newton,, Jarrett Steadham, and Brian Hoyer instead Tom Brady, Edelman tried to put consecutive numbers. In addition to making eight catches, 179 yards in week 2, distribution was limited to just 13 receptions for 136 yards and no results in his remaining five games.
Of course, the former Super Bowl MVP has been removed from a 1,000-yard campaign in just one season, so it may be too early to write Edelman off. The veteran is also the only reliable option to get on the New England roster at the moment; former first-grader N’Keal Harry fought in his first two seasons in the NFL, otherwise the team is watching the former free agents Jacobi Myers and Gunner Olszewski for the top of the depth diagram. If Edelman is strong enough to play next season, we need to determine a statistical rebound.
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