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Julian Edelman - Public Enemy No. 1

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Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

During the New York Jets' Week Two matchup against the New England Patriots, Edelman had 13 receptions on 18 targets with Danny Amendola out, for a total of 78 yards. Let's take a look at some of Edelman's statistics, thus far into the season, courtesy of ProFootballFocus:




Here are a few observations. Edelman had his best game of the season against the Jets, and has done the bulk of his damage 10-19 yards from the line of scrimmage on intermediate passes, mostly operating out of the slot (63.6% of all routes run are from that position). He has the fifth highest catch rate in the league, which is the percentage of catches to targets while operating out of the slot. He is, to put it mildly, a threat that cannot be understated.

So how can the Jets defend him, considering they were unable to do so in Week Two? With the status of Kyle Wilson in doubt due to a possible concussion, I humbly suggest Rex Ryan put Isaiah Trufant, the same individual who essentially shut down Wes Welker last year, on Edelman no matter where he goes. He should shadow him, and use his quickness to limit Edelman's damage. Whenever possible, Ryan should bracket Edelman with Trufant and Jaiquawn Jarrett, except on obvious running downs. With Amendola out again, and Rob Gronkowski doubtful to make an appearance, Edelman is the biggest threat. He must be eliminated.