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Enemy Player Profile: New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman is the Patriots leader at the wide receiver spot and a big part of their success. How did he get there?

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Julian Edelman is someone who gives defenses fits and he is one of Tom Brady's biggest weapons. Could he be trouble for the Washington Redskins defense Sunday? It's a possibility but here are five things to know about him:

#1. Julian Edelman was born in Redwood City, California and he took the junior college route and played at the College of San Mateo before transferring to Kent State as a member of the 2006 recruiting class. He was a three star recruit, the No.4 dual threat quarterback, and the 55th best player in California. Kent State was his only offer out of junior college and he went on to have a great three year career with the Golden Flash.

He finished his career at Kent State with these numbers: 385 -for-706 (54.5 percent), 4,997 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 31 interceptions; 501 carries, 2,484 yards (5.0 yards per carry) and 22 touchdowns.

#2. Julian Edelman was drafted by the New England Patriots in the seventh round, 232nd overall in the 2009 NFL Draft and has only had one 1,000 yard season with the team in 2013 (1,056 yards (10.1 yards per catch). six touchdowns). So far, he's on pace for another 1,000 yard season in 2015 as he currently has 584 yards and six touchdowns this season. Last year, in the Patriots' championship year, he was close to cracking that mark but was 28 yards shy with a total of 972 yards.

#3. Bill Belichick compared Edelman's journey to Patriots great Tedy Bruschi in an article written by's Erik Frenz in 2014.

"I think Julian's career compares to players like Tedy Bruschi, who played one position in college that was — I would say — pretty unrelated to the position that he played professionally," Belichick said on a conference call on Saturday. "Tedy went from a defensive tackle always in a three-point stance, never in coverage, to playing on his feet, playing middle linebacker, and playing a majority of the game in coverage. Julian was a quarterback that never returned kicks, and now, can return punts and plays receiver."

#4. Edelman's dad, Frank, has a lot do with his son's success. On his WAAF radio segment called "Frank Talk," where Julian has shared advice his father gave him according to writer and lifestyle editor Briana Palma. More on their story here.

#5. Edelman clearly has reached his NFL potential coming from junior college, having a great career at Kent State and becoming a super bowl champion. In only his seventh year, he's not finished yet.

Bottom Line: The Washington Redskins defense, the secondary in particular is going to have their hands full trying to cover him and shut him down but it can be done.