Julian Edelman had a tremendous connection with Tom Brady over the years, perhaps better than any other receiver the quarterback has ever had, but he’s doing some things with Cam Newton that he never did with Brady.
Edelman is making plays down the field, when for years his bread and butter were short and quick passes, mostly over the middle.
Following a career-high 179 yards receiving Sunday against the Seahawks, Edelman now has 236 yards receiving in two games with Newton at quarterback.
He’s averaging 18.2 yards per catch, which is a huge increase from 11.2 last season. His highest average was 12.3 yards per catch in 2010, and he’s been between 10.6-11.5 the last six seasons.
Against Seattle, Edelman had catches of eight yards, 16, 26, 17, 49, 12, 33 and 18.
“I was more concerned and worried about going out and playing well and doing what the team asked me to do,” he said afterwards when asked if he had a feeling going into the game he would have a career-high 179 yards receiving.
As for Newton, he’s averaging 8.8 yards per attempt, which would be a career-high. Brady has only averaged above eight yards per attempt once since 2011 when he averaged 8.2 in 2016.
While it’s only two games, it’s clear the Patriots will be throwing the ball down the field more this season and that could lead to Edelman doing things he hasn’t done in the past.