Julian Edelman's Versatility Will Be Vital for Patriots, and More AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer INovember 19, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 18: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots gains yardage in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Versatility doesn't always show up on the stat sheet.

That is, not unless you're wide receiver Julian Edelman and your versatility involves 47 rushing yards, 58 receiving yards and 117 punt return yards.

"I just do what the coaches tell me to do," Edelman said after the game (via Patriots.com). "[I] try to go out there and execute any situation that they put me in and that’s my job on the team—to do what the coaches ask me to do and help try to contribute in any kind of way."

Edelman came within three yards of a touchdown trifecta; he caught a four-yard touchdown pass, ran back a punt return for a touchdown, and in the fourth quarter, was stopped just three yards short of a rushing touchdown.

Edelman missed three games earlier this year with a hand injury, and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was proud to see him contribute (via Patriots.com):

He’s really worked hard to do everything to get back—the return game, passing game, slip screens, stuff like that, blocking. That was great. He had obviously a real productive day. We needed that. It’s good. It’s good to complement some of the other production we had out there.

With tight end Rob Gronkowski expected to miss four to six weeks with a forearm injury, the Patriots are going to need production any way they can get it, especially if they want to make a push for the postseason.

Here's some more news and analysis from around the AFC East.


Miami Dolphins

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post writes that while rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill may have hit a wall, he and his teammates feel he will bounce back.

Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has already begun looking forward to the Dolphins' offseason, and says they can't afford any major misses this year.


Buffalo Bills

Howard Simon of WGR 550 Sportsradio takes a look at the Bills' playoff chances.

Bleacher Report Bills featured columnist Joshua Cornwall put together an early mock draft for the Bills.


New England Patriots

Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe writes that while cornerback Aqib Talib was uneven in his Patriots debut, it was a promising start that proves he'll help the team.

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston writes that life will not be fun for the Patriots without tight end Rob Gronkowski. 

B/R Patriots featured columnist Mike Dussault updates the Patriots' playoff odds following New England's win and Gronkowski's injury.


New York Jets

Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com writes that the Jets got some help from an old friend in Brian Schottenheimer, who had some pretty bogus play-calls for the Rams like he used to have for the Jets.

B/R Jets featured columnist Ryan Alfieri has a look at the biggest winners and losers from Sunday's win over the Rams.



Chase Stuart of FootballPerspective.com created a new and improved draft value chart, based off the old one made famous by Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson and taking into account some recent draft-day trades.

Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained via team press releases.