Patriots get sparkplug WR Edelman back from suspension

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Patriots get sparkplug WR Edelman back from suspension

Brady has one of his all-time security blankets back, a player who's been as reliable for him as almost any other pass-catcher in his career (Edelman trails Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski in all-time receptions from Brady).

"Yeah, I mean when he's out there, I obviously just - I know his body language, I know his ability to get open, my confidence in him", Brady said of one of his favorite targets. "All those things come up so when you get matchups and he gets open, he gets open so quick". The Patriots didn't practice Monday and won't have a full practice Wednesday either giving Edelman limited time to shake the rust off.

Getting Edelman back will be a huge boost for the Patriots coming into Week 5.

(15:00) How important was running the ball in the Patriots success? Only the Titans and Redskins are below the Patriots in that category. He had missed the entire 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL in the preseason last year and was on pace to be on the field to start the year, but this suspension had put out of action. "I really have no doubt where he's going to be at, what he's capable of".

A torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered in the Patriots' 30-28 preseason victory over Detroit on August 25, 2017, sidelined him for all of past year.

Hogan's ran by far the most routes from a slot alignment among Pats wideouts, 84 to be exact, and has a measly 73 receiving yards from inside the numbers. It's somewhat remarkable that Brady has just kept putting up great numbers in that time, even winning an MVP last season.

This was amplified during the Patriots' early season struggles on offense, especially on third down.

In a question about his growing chemistry with Josh Gordon, Brady also volunteered an interesting appraisal of his relationship with Edelman (and Rob Gronkowski).

If Gronk and Edelman play on Thursday night, against Indianapolis, it'll be the first time they were on the field together, in a game, since November 27, 2016.

Edelman suited up for three of the Patriots four preseason games.

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Earlier Sunday there were reports that if Gordon wasn't active it would be more because of his hamstring injury than his understanding of the playbook.

Now that he's our teammate, we got to get to know each other because you can build that trust and chemistry in different ways and you see it with guys that I played with for a long time, it builds and builds and builds.

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