Julian Edelman The Premier WR Of Patriots' Dynasty

Julian Edelman might not be a Hall-of-Famer, but he's "the benchmark for Patriots receivers"

February 05, 2019 - 9:11 am

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Julian Edelman was named Super Bowl MVP on Sunday despite not scoring a touchdown. But when you catch 10 balls for 141 yards in a 13-3 game, well, that’s more than enough to take home the hardware.

“It was pretty remarkable,” NFL Network analyst Adam Rank said on Ferrall on the Bench. “(I’ve been) comparing the two halves of the Patriots dynasty – I think you have pre-Gronk and post-Grok – and you see some similarities in the players. Edelman kind of reminds me of a guy like Troy Brown, who’s a versatile player who can return punts. If you ask him to go out there and play defense, he’ll do that, but he can also go out there and make the tough catches. I think Edelman has established himself as the premier Patriots receiver of this dynasty.”

Edelman finished the postseason with 26 catches for 388 yards. For context, no other Patriots wide receiver had more than five catches or 70 yards, and no other Patriots pass-catcher had even 200 receiving yards. When Tom Brady dropped back to pass on a pivotal play, it was basically all Edelman, all the time.

“Obviously Randy Moss had some great years there, but I think the totality and the length and everything like that for this championship run – three out of five Super Bowls – I think he’s kind of stood out,” Rank said of Edelman. “I think that he’s now the benchmark for the Patriots receivers. I think what he did was absolutely tremendous, and he truly deserved to be the Most Valuable Player.” 

While Edelman was spectacular against the Rams, the Super Bowl – which had almost as many punts (14) as points (16) – was a dud.

“It was a little bit of a disappointment,” Rank said. “I kept waiting for something eventful to happen. I think because we’ve been spoiled with so many great games over the last handful of years, this one just stands out like a sore thumb. I know there were a couple of haters after that Monday night game with the Chiefs and the Rams. I hope you’re happy now because you got the game that you obviously wanted.”