New England Patriots Jerseys Early slump be damned, Julian Edelman wrapped up one of the best regular seasons of his career yesterday with a statistical explosion.
Edelman had eight receptions for a career-best 151 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown that was monumental for momentum purposes during the Patriots’ 35-14 win against the Miami Dolphins.
The eighth-year wideout wasn’t bashful last week when admitting the importance of playing 16 games for the second time in his career. He finished with a career-high 1,106 yards on 98 catches, which was the second most of his career, to go along with three touchdowns.
“When you set goals and you achieve them, it’s always great,” Edelman said. “But once you achieve them, you have to set new goals, and now we’re on to a new season. It was definitely great to get through 16. Now I’m looking forward to this next one.”
Edelman recovered nicely from a four-game spurt early this season when he totaled 14 catches for 119 yards. And his long score yesterday was crucial because the Dolphins’ back-to-back TD drives cut the Pats’ lead to 20-14. He took a third-and-7 hitch route for the score after he was sprung by receiver Michael Floyd’s thunderous block on cornerback Tony Lippett.
“I felt it. I felt it,” Edelman said. “I felt some wind go by.”
It was a busy day for Edelman on Cheap nfl Jerseys multiple levels. He was called for a personal foul and pulled off the field for a play in the first quarter for jawing with a couple Dolphins, as Edelman was clearly the subject of the hosts’ vitriol. He chalked it up to a pair of playoff teams who were fired up with a lot on the line.
“They’re a feisty group out there,” Edelman said. “You have nothing but respect for them. They play hard. They’re coached well. And you never know, we could see them again.”
That winning feeling
Martellus Bennett only played two playoff games in his first eight seasons, so the tight end hasn’t been with many winning programs. But he quickly got used to the taste of victory after joining the Patriots this season, and he described that feeling the only way he knows how.
“It’s cool,” Bennett said. “I’m kind of getting used to winning now, you know what I’m saying? At first, it’s like, ‘Yeah!’ It’s like the first time having sex. And then your second time and then your third time, it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, it’s pretty cool. I’m getting better at it.’ It’s really fun. I just enjoy playing with these guys and giving everything I’ve got every single game and doing whatever is asked of me.”
Bennett caught three passes for 33 yards and a score yesterday, so he wrapped up the regular season with 55 receptions, 701 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns. He admitted he really wanted to surpass the 700-yard mark.
“I just go out and I don’t get too many of the balls, but when I do, I try to catch them all,” he said. “That was one of my goals coming into the game. I was like, ‘I need to get at least 32 yards.’ I got 33, and I was like, ‘All right, you can continue to throw the ball wherever you want to.’ You set goals as you get closer. Six hundred fifty yards doesn’t sound as good. It’s like, ‘Oh yeah, 700, that was a good year.’ . . . I’m going into my 10th year, and I’m still able to make strides in my numbers and different things as a player.”
The Pats allowed 15.6 points per game, so they had the top-ranked scoring defense in the NFL. Their 250 points allowed were the fewest in the NFL over the last three seasons.
“It’s something we were mindful of for sure,” cornerback Logan Ryan said. “I’m not going to lie to you. We wanted that. We felt like we were constantly slept on all year and doubted all year. So for a group that didn’t have a lot of great players, gave up too many passing yards and didn’t really create enough turnovers, to be the best scoring defense of the last four years I think speaks for itself.”
A boy named Suh
Running back LeGarrette Blount didn’t mince words when discussing the dirty reputation of Miami defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
“There’s not many guys in this league that like that guy,” Blount told WBZ. “I don’t even know if there’s a lot of guys on that team that like him. He’s a dirty player. He’s always been a dirty player. He’s always going to be a dirty player. There’s no room in the game for that. At some Cheap jersey wholesale point in time, guys have to defend themselves when he’s doing the things that he does. Hopefully, there’s something to be said about it. All in all, he got his (butt) beat. They lost. He ran into the locker room after the game. We’re good.”