The Patriots have re-signed WR Julian Edelman, Edelman announced today via twitter.
Edelman enjoyed a breakout year in 2013 with career highs across the board.
Edelman led the team in catches and yards receiving. He caught 105 passes for 1, 056 yards and six touchdowns.
In the 2013 postseason Edelman recorded 16 catches for 173 yards and 1 touchdown.
Edelman is also a dynamic punt returner for New England, returning 107 punts for 1,317 yards, and 3 touchdowns since joining the team in 2009.
The former college QB out of Kent State was drafted by the Patriots in the 7th round of the 2009 draft.
Not only has Edelman been New England’s punt returner and special teams player, but in 2011 when the Patriots secondary were decimated by injuries, Edelman stepped in as a defensive back in nickel and dime formations. He recorded 11 tackles, and had to cover Anquan Boldin in the AFC Title game and came up with a big hit in the final minutes of the game on Boldin.
In 2012 he returned a Jets fumble on special teams for a touchdown.
Edelman was having a good year in 2012 but injuries cut his season short.
With Gronkowski recovering from an ACL tear and no real outside WR help, resigning Edelman was important for New England because he’s their best slot receiver and Brady’s favorite target.
Brady’s happier this season than last off-season.