Bill Belichick often replaces players like the 31-year-old Edelman rather than keep them around too long, but three key stats — not to mention that incredible catch in the Super Bowl — say it's a smart move by the Pats.
And no, 28-3 is not one of those stats.
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That's how many Edelman has since 2013. The only players with more are Antonio Brown (481), Demaryius Thomas (398), Julio Jones (364) and Larry Fitzgerald (361).
And remember, Edelman had no Tom Brady for the first four games last season, when he averaged just 4.75 catches.
42 forced missed tackles
That's Edelman's total since 2014, according to Pro Football Focus, which ranks fifth behind Golden Tate (73), Jarvis Landry (59), Odell Beckham Jr. (57) and Brown (49).
The average age of those players: 26.
159 targets, 0 INTs
Edelman was the third-most targeted receiver in the NFL last season, behind only Beckham (169) and Mike Evans (173). Not a single pass sent his way was picked off, according to FS1 research staff.
The receivers with the next-most targets without an interception: Jordan Matthews (109), Marvin Jones (101), A.J. Green (95) and Cole Beasley (92).
That stat may say more about Brady than Edelman. The Pats QB was picked off just twice in 12 regular-season games, giving him the best TD-to-INT ratio (28:2) in NFL history.