Everyone has been worried about Patriots receiver Julian Edelman and his recent thumb injury and finally we have some details now. Apparently, the injury that has Julian Edelman on the non-football injury at the start of the training camp was a result of him playing catch a few weeks ago.
The broken thumb was said to keep Edelman out for three weeks and even sideline the Super Bowl LIII MVP for the entire preseason. However, the injury shouldn’t hinder Edelman’s chances of being ready for the start of the regular season since it happened a couple weeks back.
All things considered, this might even be a positive thing for the Patriots. If Edelman sits out the entire preseason, the 33-year-old would be kept fresh for the regular season and be given ample time to heal up. Also, it should give other Pats receivers the much needed one-on-one time with Tom Brady. The likes of first round pick N’Keal Harry, Braxton Berrios, Maurice Harris and others should benefit greatly from the ‘opening’ and if Brady can form a strong rapport with some of them, New England’s offense will be far better for it, especially after losing star tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement this offseason.
As for Edelman, he is already in-sync with Brady like no other quarterback-receiver duo in the league. Last year, Edelman caught 74 passes over 12 regular season games for 850 yards and six touchdowns. In the playoffs, the veteran added 26 receptions for 388 yards which led to the Patriots’ win of their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history.
“I’m extremely excited for the new year. This is a new team,” Edelman said at the youth football campover the weekend. “With training camp coming up, this is kind of like when school is back in session. We had summer break. You get to see all the fellas, and this is where you learn your team, learn each other and become accountable for each other, and create a consistency together. This is like the beginning shape form of your team, these next few weeks. It’s a crucial point. You put a lot of hard work in during the spring and it’s the next step until you’re playing with other teams. “