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Julian Edelman not worried about targets amid loaded Patriots offense

Julian Edelman not worried about targets amid loaded Patriots offense

One of the biggest reasons why the New England Patriots passing attack is among the toughest for opposing teams to defend is because quarterback Tom Brady has an abundance of quality pass-catchers to target each play.

With so many options for Brady to choose from, not every wideout is going to get a consistent number of targets each week. Even Julian Edelman has to deal with this scenario. He was a key part of the Patriots' Week 1 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, tallying six receptions for 83 yards on 11 targets. Week 2 was a bit different. Edelman caught four passes for 51 yards on four targets in a 43-0 victory against the Miami Dolphins.

Overall, Brady has completed at least one pass to seven different receivers in each game this season. He's also thrown a touchdown pass to four different players. This picture is great for the Patriots, and also frustrating for fantasy football owners.

Edelman isn't focused on targets, or any other individual stats. He just wants to win football games and, ultimately, another Super Bowl title.

“I think it is everyone buying into the process of improvement," Edelman said Friday morning on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Morning Show"

"That is what September is about. It’s about going out and learning your team and improving your team through practice and games. When you have guys who are unselfish and really buy into that, the best stat is the win stat. That is what I am looking forward to and that is what I look forward to doing, is trying to play your best game on Sunday and collect wins.”

Edelman is Brady's most trusted target, and a quick look at his playoff game log provides compelling proof of that. The 33-year-old veteran was Super Bowl LIII MVP, and he played a very clutch role late in New England's win over the Kansas City Chiefs in last season's AFC Championship Game.

Edelman is still going to be a huge part of the Patriots offense regardless of how many weapons Brady has at his disposal.

“I played with this guy Rob Gronkowski, I don’t know if you guys have heard, he’s probably like the best tight end ever to play the game. It’s not like I am not used to playing with superb weapons," Edelman explained. "It’s part of the game. This is a team sport. If I wanted to go out and collect stats I would have played tennis or ping-pong, or golf — an individual sport.”

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New Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu ranks among leaders in this important star

New Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu ranks among leaders in this important star

The No. 1 goal for wide receivers is to get open, and Mohamed Sanu does a very good job of accomplishing that.

Sanu reportedly was traded from the Atlanta Falcons to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2020 second-round draft pick Tuesday, and he will provide much-needed depth for a Pats receiving corps that's battled plenty of injuries and other depth concerns over the first half of the season.

One of the talents Sanu brings to the Patriots is the ability to separate from opposing defensive backs and get open. In fact, he ranks in the top five of all NFL wideouts in average yards of separation when targeted. Take a look at the leaderboard below:

Sanu has tallied 33 receptions for 313 yards and one touchdown in seven games for the Falcons this season. He joined the Falcons via free agency in 2016 and quickly established himself as one of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's most trusted targets.

Leaving the Falcons, who are 1-6 and headed for a second consecutive season without playoff action, gives the 30-year-old veteran a fantastic opportunity to win the first Super Bowl of his career. Sanu came tantalizing close to winning the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LI, but Tom Brady and the Patriots broke the Falcons' hearts with a comeback for the ages.

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Odell Beckham Jr. to give Tom Brady a fitting gift at Patriots-Browns

Odell Beckham Jr. to give Tom Brady a fitting gift at Patriots-Browns

How big of a Tom Brady fan is Odell Beckham Jr.?

Big enough that he plans to hand-deliver a pair of custom-made cleats to the New England Patriots quarterback when his Cleveland Browns come to town next Sunday.

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal has the details:

Nothing like a pair of "goat hair" cleats to show respect to one of your NFL idols.

Beckham's love affair with Brady goes way back, as the two exchanged jerseys after a New York Giants-Patriots preseason game in 2016.

Beckham and Brady since have exchanged several compliments on social media, with the former repeatedly using the "goat" emoji to confirm he believes Brady is the greatest QB of all time.

The Browns obviously will be trying to stop the Patriots on Sunday, but apparently that won't stop Beckham from showing his appreciation for their quarterback.

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