The Squirrel is back!

Define Julian Edelman in one word – Fighter.

Although most of the headlines surrounding the Patriots OTAs were covering the lack of attendance by Brady & Gronk, the only worthwhile headline for Patriots fans was that Julian Edelman is once again playing football (Fangirl Moment… Breath… okay).

Week three of the 2017 preseason was a dark dark day for Patriots fans when their beloved squirrel went down with a season-ending ACL injury. The Patriots seemed to recover but no doubt missed him in the Superbowl. How much was Edelman missed though? Let’s take a look at the statistics.

  1. Since 2009 Bradys win percentage with Edelman is 81.8% and (not counting last season) his win percentage without Edelman drops significantly to only 68.4%.
  2. In Bradys nine games when Edelman was healthy Brady threw for 338.1 yards per game, 24 touchdowns and 3 interceptions by completing 67.8% of his passes. However, when Edelman went down with an injury, Brady threw for 246.7 yards per game, 12 touchdowns and 4 interceptions by completing 59.4 percent of his passes in the seven games that followed.
  3. In Edelman’s last six playoff games he has topped over 100 yards in four of them!
  4. Edelman is third in NFL history for receptions in playoff games (89) sitting behind only Reggie Wayne and Jerry Rice

Needless to say, our undersized wide receiver is not finished yet, and although Berrios seems to fit the position well we can expect another year at least out of our little guy!

Welcome Back, Jules!

Similarities Spark Rumours

A recent report from ‘Jack Mills’ (Mayfield’s Agent) stated that The New England Patriots were considering taking Mayfield if he dropped to number 2 overall.

“We had another team, which is going to surprise you, another team had said, ‘You may get a big surprise on draft day at No. 2 if he’s available,'” Mills said. “And it was the Patriots.” – Boston Herald

Obviously, these comments are only rumours however, Josh McDaniels did fly to Texas to work out Mayfield prior to the draft which could have been for more than just ‘covering bases.’

Mills continued, “They had 23 and 31 (in the first round) and two seconds. And we thought — I don’t know — that’s going to be a heck of a move to get up that high from where they are. And of course he wasn’t available so we never knew if that was a reality or not.” – Boston Herald

The Patriots are obviously looking for their future GOAT but did not pull the trigger in the 2018 draft, was this because they were hoping for Mayfield? or did they really not value the talent in this draft class?

Currently, the Patriots have Brady, Hoyer and Etling on their roster and could quite easily start in September without altering the depth here. However, there is another quarterback floating around the league who Mayfield has been compared to – Mr Johnny Manziel.

Here at the ‘Hudson Halftime Report’, we have a theory that Belichick and the Patriots organisation were holding off till after the draft to pull the trigger on signing Manziel, in case they got the fresher option of Mayfield. However, now that Mayfield has moved on, the potential signing of Manziel is a no-risk, (potentially high reward) no brainer for New England.

As long as the Patriots can trust Manziel to tone down his ‘off-field’ actions and to not cause locker room problems the $150k base salary for Manziel seems like a dream come true. This signing would also create a battle for QB3/2 that would hopefully push new signing Etling to become his best.

So what do you think? Should the Patriots pull the trigger on Manziel? Would you like to see Johnny Football as a Patriot?

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