Edelman brings so much to the Patriots with his quickness, clutch play, versatility, leadership and veteran savvy along with his great rapport with Brady. Whether it’s making a sensational catch (like the one he made in Super Bowl LI), running a jet sweep or being the team’s leading punt returner, Edelman contributes in so many ways.
But it also is his toughness, his ability to shake off big hits in those tight windows out of the slot, that makes him a fan and team favorite.
Edelman caught 98 passes for 1,106 yards last season, and his 356 catches over the past four seasons lead the Patriots. He has caught another 80 passes in the playoffs over that same period, which includes two Super Bowl wins.
After the loss to the Chiefs, Brady admitted it’s a major challenge to replace Edelman: “Yeah, I think we will feel that all year. He’s just one of those types of players. It is always about consistency, dependability. That’s the challenge of a football season.”
Berry is a big, physical safety who got his hands on Gronkowski at the line of Cheap NHL Jerseys scrimmage and wasn’t overpowered by a tight end who has made a career out of being a freight Cheap Oakland Raiders Jerseys train.
Yes, Brady could’ve made better throws, but Berry didn’t allow much margin for error. Even on Gronkowski’s two receptions, he had the safety on his hip.
With Peters and Berry locking down so much of the New England attack, the pressure was on Terrance Mitchell, who stepped up to the plate and allowed just two receptions on the nine times he was targeted.
The Chiefs defense will look to continue to shut down opposing quarterbacks in the remainder of the season but will have to do so without Berry, who suffered a ruptured Achilles late in the win Thursday night. He’ll miss the rest of 2017.