FOXBOROUGH — Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman caught nine passes for 65 yards Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, giving him 105 receptions and 1,056 receiving yards this season.
In crossing the 100-reception threshold, he became the third Patriot wide receiver in franchise history to do so, joining Wes Welker and Troy Brown.
“I mean, it’s cool and everything, but you really go out and you play for other things, like playing in the last game of the year and winning that game,” Edelman said. “We put ourselves in an opportunity to go one step closer to that. It is definitely kind of cool, just with the road; it’s been a crazy road. It’s definitely been kind of cool.”
Edelman’s 1,000-yard season makes him the 10th player in Patriots history to hit the mark. It’s the first time in his five-year career he’s played all 16 games after coming out of Kent State as a quarterback.
“I don’t think there’s ever any question about Julian’s skills or his toughness or his competitiveness,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “This is the year he’s been able to stay on the field and certainly his production has paralleled his time on the field. He’s done a good job with his opportunities. He always practices hard, plays hard, prepares well.
“He’s always a tough guy you can count on from that standpoint and this year he’s been healthy.”