Julian Edelman evolving into Patriots’ versatile standout

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FOXBOROUGH — There are many college players who reinvent themselves on the football field if it means even an outside shot of making it to the NFL.

Julian Edelman isn’t one of them. The fifth-year receiver for the Patriots is part of a much smaller fraternity. Edelman reached the NFL, then transformed himself into something totally different once he got there.

His days as a quarterback ended on Nov. 28, 2008, when he threw for 114 yards in Kent State’s 24-21 season-ending comeback victory at Buffalo. Nearly five years later, on a different field but in the same city and in similar comeback fashion, the new Edelman was on full display. He caught two touchdown passes from Tom Brady, and became the NFL’s career leader in punt-return average as the Patriots opened their season with a 23-21 win Sunday over the Bills.

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