NFL Media's Peter Schrager details Julian Edelman's importance to Patriots in 2020

Ryan Hannable
June 24, 2020 - 11:29 am

Julian Edelman has always been important to the success of the Patriots, but without Tom Brady in 2020 he becomes even more vital.

“Isn’t his role more important this year, though?," NFL Media's Peter Schrager said on Good Morning Football. "Because you look around, it is no longer Brady. There’s no longer Kyle Van Noy. And you look in that room, is he one of those veteran leaders? It’s him, Devin McCourty and bunch of other talented guys who are looking around and saying, ‘Guys, we’re not so bad still.’ I look at Edelman and he’s a leader now because he’s always been Brady’s wing man. He’s always been the complementary piece.

"We can talk about his Super Bowl catch and all his success there, I remember last year at that Bills game him barely being able to walk, going into that tunnel, coming back out and scoring what was essentially a game-winning touchdown. Edelman can still gut it out, but to me what is he going to do to make N’Keal Harry better? What is he going to do to make Damiere Byrd better? And what is he going to do to help in the locker room because Brady is a huge void without him being there.”

Edelman, 34, is coming off one of his best seasons in the league when he finished with 100 catches for 1,117 yards and six touchdowns.

The wide out and second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham have reportedly worked a great deal together this offseason, so they are putting the work in to develop the chemistry needed to succeed in the passing game.

Besides Edelman, the Patriots have N'Keal Harry, Mohamed Sanu, Jakobi Meyers, Damiere Byrd, Marqise Lee and Gunner Olszewski as receivers likely competing for roster spots and playing time.

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