New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman returned to practice Monday, August 19th, and is likely to be removed from the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list.
Edelman returning adds to a rising list of good news for the Patriots. Josh Gordon being reinstated adds to a weak receiver corps that has been ravaged by injuries this summer, and Julian returning adds to the positives.
Meanwhile, healthy receivers among Edelman include Jakobi Meyers, Braxton Berrios, Ryan Davis, Damoun Patterson and Gunner Olszewski. Unfortunately, receivers that are currently not practising include Gordon (PUP), Demaryius Thomas (PUP), Cameron Meredith (PUP), N’Keal Harry, Phillip Dorsett and Maurice Harris.
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At the moment, Julian tops the Patriots receivers depth chart upon his return. And, as we near the regular season, while paying close attention to the receiving core the whole way, it’s easy to see how he could have a career year. As long as Edelman stays healthy, he’ll be competing more closely to Meyers and Berrios for targets.
However, if Gordon comes back and stays clean, N’keal Harry steps up and has a big season, Demaryius Thomas has a bounce-back year and Cameron Meredith has a breakout season, then maybe Edelman will have a down year, but that’s a lot of “ifs”. Correspondingly, it’s a safe bet that Edelman can have a big year, as not every one of those things will happen.
If we were to order the Patriots depth chart, with only currently healthy receivers, this would be what it would look like:
Despite the fact they’re unhealthy, receivers can still return to the field. If every receiver was healthy, then the depth chart would look vastly different.
Regardless, Edelman’s return is an important one for the Patriots depleted receiving core.
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