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Comparing Edelman to his peers

Posted by Albert Breer  May 20, 2010 06:59 PM

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RECEIVING YARDS
t-1) Percy Harvin, Vikings 790
t-1) Hakeem Nicks, Giants 790
3) Jeremy Maclin, Eagles 773
4) Mike Wallace, Steelers 756
5) Kenny Britt, Titans 701
6) Austin Collie, Colts 676
7) Michael Crabtree, 49ers 625
8) Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns 624
9) Johnny Knox, Bears 527
10) Louis Murphy, Raiders 521
11) Brian Hartline, Dolphins 506
12) Mike Thomas, Jaguars 453
13) Julian Edelman, Patriots 359
14) Brandon Gibson, Rams 348
15) Brandon Pettigrew, Lions 346


... And Edelman only played in 11 games (though he wasn't the only one to miss time ... Pettigrew also played just 11 games, and Crabtree did the above in 11 games, after holding out for three months). The only guy on either of those list drafted lower than Edelman was Stroughter, who went one pick after the ex-Kent State quarterback.

It's a good story, overall.

What's next? We'll see. It's interesting to look at the top 2008 rookie producers at receiver for context. Eddie Royal seemed to regress seriously in Denver, and Donny Avery also slipped stats-wise in St. Louis, as both adjusted to new coaches. Meanwhile Davone Bess continued to grow, and DeSean Jackson blew up.

Bottom line: It's unpredictable. Roles change, there's tape on those guys for defenses to study, and adjustments need to be made. Asked about that today, Edelman threw a bucket of water on all us ...

Yup, it's still May.

"We’ll be thinking of that more down the line," he said. "I’m just thinking about trying to become a receiver. When that Game 1 or whatever comes, we’ll think about that. I’m thinking about OTAs and training camp right now."
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