Patriots Mailbag: Who Replaces Julian Edelman In Various Roles?

Patriots Mailbag: Who Replaces Julian Edelman In Various Roles?

Patriots wide receiver Julian EdelmanPatriots wide receiver Julian Edelman

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I have a dumb take on Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension, and I’ll share it if you promise not to freak out.

Deal?

If Edelman did take performance-enhancing drugs to recover from his torn ACL, then it’s kind of smart.

Hear me out.

Players rarely come back in their first season after a torn ACL as the same player. So, if Edelman gave himself some help to recover plus four more weeks to rehab, then it’s not the worst idea to take the four-game ban and be at an even better place physically for 12 regular-season games and the playoffs.

It potentially hurts the team for the first four games, but a healthy Edelman for 12 games might be better than a not healthy Edelman for 16.

I mean, I warned you it was dumb.

Let’s get into this week’s mailbag.

Berrios/Matthews/McCarron – who is your prime candidate to take Edelman’s reps in weeks 1-4?
— @JBoss_
This is a complicated question because Edelman wears a lot of hats. In two-receiver sets, Edelman projected as the Patriots’ Z receiver. In

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