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Presence may be Julian Edelman's best gift
Presence may be Julian Edelman's best gift

Julian Edelman doesn’t need to be built like Calvin Johnson or Demaryius Thomas to stick out. He doesn’t need to go vertical like Antonio Brown to burn a defense. He doesn’t need to make one-handed catches like Odell Beckham Jr. to bring his teammates to their feet. Edelman just needs to be there. On the field. Moving the chains. In sync with Tom Brady. The Patriots didn’t need Edelman’s two-game absence to serve as a reminder of how much they miss him when he’s gone, but it did serve as a validation of his value to the offense. Edelman, however, preferred not to get into the hypotheticals after the Pats averaged 12.5...

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