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Would Gordon’s return make other Patriots go catchers irrelevant? (one:46)

Matthew Berry and Discipline Yates would be reluctant to draft other Patriots wide outs if Josh Gordon returns to the crew. (1:forty six)

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  • Mike ReissESPN Personnel Writer

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots extensive receiver Julian Edelman, who missed the first three-and-a-50 percent months of education camp with a thumb personal injury, was removed from the non-football personal injury checklist, a supply instructed ESPN’s Area Yates.

Edelman participated in his first observe Monday, and immediately shoots to the leading of the receiver depth chart. The Super Bowl LIII Most Precious Participant is quarterback Tom Brady‘s go-to target, specifically in significant scenarios. In three playoff game titles very last 12 months, Edelman totaled 26 catches for 388 yards (fourteen.nine regular). Edelman’s one hundred fifteen job postseason catches is second in NFL record, behind Jerry Rice (151).

The Patriots had been skinny at receiver in latest practices because of to a string of injuries, but Edelman’s return — coupled with Josh Gordon‘s conditional reinstatement — has altered the outlook. Gordon stays on the non-football injuries record for now.

Just before exercise Monday, coach Bill Belichick was questioned about the competitiveness that has unfolded at receiver, and famous a group of receivers who had but to observe — a reference to Edelman, Gordon, Cameron Meredith (non-soccer injury listing) and Demaryius Thomas (physically unable to complete record).

“There’s nevertheless a ton of men and women we have not noticed actively on the field, so ‘to be determined,’ ” he stated.

Edelman is no for a longer time aspect of that checklist for the Patriots, who host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night in preseason action.

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