I like going to school in the northeast. I really do. But one thing that I have learned is that Boston sports fans blow every little thought out of proportion. Just gross exaggerations and mind boggling takes fill my phone daily. The most recent being Julian Edelman is a Hall of Fame player. I take unfathomable umbrage with this statement. I will break this down simple for the readers. First I will discuss that Julian Edelman is not even a top 15 wide receiver in the NFL. Next I will provide receivers that deserve HOF nods before Edelman. And lastly, I will discuss why his case really is not that special.

Let’s get paptin.

First,

It makes no sense to me how a middle of the pack receiver in today’s NFL can be discussed for HOF candidacy. Edelman is not top 15 in the NFL & I will prove it to you.

  1. Julio Jones-  8 Seasons, 698 Rec, 10,731 Yds, 51 TD’s,
  2. DeAndre Hopkins- 6 Seasons, 528 Rec, 7,437 Yds, 47 TD’s
  3. Antonio Brown- 9 Seasons, 837 Rec, 11,207 Yds, 74 TD’s
  4. Tyreek Hill- 3 Seasons, 223 Rec, 3,255 Yds, 25 TD’s
  5. Odell Beckham Jr.- 5 Seasons, 390 Rec, 5,476 Yds, 44 TD’s
  6. A.J. Green- 8 Seasons, 602 Rec, 8,907 Yds, 63 TD’s
  7. Michael Thomas- 3 Seasons, 321 Rec, 3,787 Yds, 23 TD’s
  8. Mike Evans- 5 Seasons, 395 Rec, 6,103 Yds, 40 TD’s
  9. Keenan Allen- 6 Seasons, 420 Rec, 5,206, 28 TD’s
  10. Devante Adams- 5 Seasons, 348 Rec, 4,197 Yds, 39 TD’s
  11. T.Y. Hilton- 7 Seasons, 507 Rec, 8,097 Yds, 40 TD’s
  12. Stefon Diggs- 4 Seasons, 302 Rec, 3,494 Yds, 24 TD’s
  13. Adam Thielen- 5 Seasons, 293 Rec, 3,897 Yds, 19 TD’s
  14. Alshon Jeffrey- 7 Seasons, 426 Rec, 6,181 Yds, 41 TD’s
  15. Amari Cooper- 5 Seasons, 278 Rec, 3,908 Yds, 25 Td’s
  16. Juju Smith-Schuster- 2 Seasons, 169 Rec, 2,343 Yds, 14 TD’s
  17. Jarvis Landry- 5 Seasons, 481 Rec, 5,014 Yds, 26 TD’s
  18. Julian Edelman- 9 Seasons, 499 Rec, 5,390 Yds, 30 TD’s

Edelman is the 18th best receiver in the NFL right now. You cannot tell me that you would take him over any other receiver listed above. Now no other receiver 1-17 has the same type of postseason ‘legacy’ that Edelman has. He’s a stud in the playoffs there is no denying that. But in no world can there be a bottom half receiver being considered for the HOF. Please make a case for Edelman to be moved higher up on the list. I’ll entertain all conversation. Because I know that you know that I am right about this list.

Second,

I am very particular about Hall of Famers, so when I think of a Hall of Fame wide receiver I believe the player has to have dominated the game for a certain stretch of time. There are so many other wide receivers that are awaiting the call from Canton that deserve a bust more than Edelman. Here is a list of DOMINANT receivers that have not made the Hall of Fame yet (no particular order).

  1. Isaac Bruce- 16 Seasons, 1,024 Rec, 15,208 Yds, 91 TD’s
  2. Hines Ward- 14 Seasons, 1,000 Rec, 12,083 Yds, 85 TD’s
  3. Torry Holt- 11 Seasons, 920 Rec, 13,382 Yds, 74 TD’s
  4. Andre Johnson- 14 Seasons, 1,062 Rec, 14,185 Yds, 70 TD’s
  5. Reggie Wayne- 14 Seasons, 1,040 Rec, 14,345 Yds, 82 TD’s
  6. Calvin Johnson- 9 Seasons, 731 Rec, 11,619 Yds, 83 TD’s
  7. Steve Smith- 16 Seasons, 1,031 Rec, 14,731 Yds, 81 TD’s
  8. Anquan Boldin- 14 Seasons, 1,076 Rec, 13,779 Yds, 82 TD’s
  9. Henry Ellard- 17 Seasons, 814 Rec, 13,777 Yds, 65 TD’s
  10. Irving Fryar- 17 Seasons, 851 Rec, 12,785 Yds, 84 TD’s
  11. Rod Smith- 12 Seasons, 849 Rec, 11,389 Yds, 68 TD’s

*This list is excluding current players Larry Fitzgerald Brandon Marshall

This is just 11 players that I could list among NFL Hall of Fame caliber wide receivers. This list does not count the other players that are better than Edelman that have retired for that list would be too long. To mention Julian Edelman in the same breath as these legends of the game is borderline disrespectful. These dominant forces of football owned the league. Recency factors into the Edelman debate a lot for sure. I bet you forgot about Allard and Fryar, well Edelman’s numbers will never touch those of anyone on that list. Julian Edelman and Calvin Johnson have both played 9 seasons in the NFL. Through 9 Johnson is has double the receiving yards and almost triple the touchdowns. These are the wide receivers that Edelman is competing with and half of them will probably not get in.

Lastly,

The New England Patriots have a very unique WR system in place under Bill Belichick. The system relies on shifty interchangeable receivers to run sharp crossing routes and find the holes in zone schemes. The wideouts are not intended to be man-on-man beaters, but rather chess pieces for an intricate offensive scheme that really runs through the running backs. Essentially he is not that essential. Tom Brady has thrown touchdown passes to 71 different players (an NFL record) making Edelman just 1/71 in 19 years.

  • Rob Gronkowski (76)
  • Randy Moss (39)
  • Wes Welker (34)
  • Deion Branch (24)
  • Julian Edelman (24)
  • Aaron Hernandez (18)
  • Daniel Graham (17)
  • Benjamin Watson (17)
  • David Patten (16)
  • James White (16)
  • Troy Brown (15)
  • Christian Fauria (13)
  • David Givens (12)
  • Danny Amendola (10)
  • Kevin Faulk (10)
  • Chris Hogan (10)
  • Mike Vrabel (8)
  • Brandin Cooks (7)
  • Brandon LaFell (7)
  • Shane Vereen (7)
  • Martellus Bennett (6)
  • Jabar Gaffney (6)
  • Tim Wright (6)
  • Dion Lewis (5)
  • Reche Caldwell (4)
  • Scott Chandler (4)
  • Aaron Dobson (4)
  • Bethel Johnson (4)
  • Brandon Lloyd (4)
  • Malcolm Mitchell (4)
  • Donte’ Stallworth (4)
  • Kenbrell Thompkins (4)
  • Danny Woodhead (4)
  • Rex Burkhead (3)
  • Doug Gabriel (3)
  • Chad Jackson (3)
  • Antowain Smith (3)
  • Jermaine Wiggins (3)
  • Sam Aiken (2)
  • Brandon Bolden (2)
  • Kyle Brady (2)
  • Chris Baker (2)
  • Alge Crumpler (2)
  • Corey Dillon (2)
  • Phillip Dorsett (2)
  • Tim Dwight (2)
  • Marc Edwards (2)
  • Donald Hayes (2)
  • Keshawn Martin (2)
  • Cordarrelle Patterson (2)
  • Brandon Tate (2)
  • Dwayne Allen (1)
  • Tom Ashworth (1)
  • LaGarrette Blount (1)
  • Matt Lengel (1)
  • Michael Floyd (1)
  • Larry Centers (1)
  • Cam Cleeland (1)
  • Andre’ Davis (1)
  • Heath Evans (1)
  • Terry Glenn (1)
  • Michael Hoomanawanui (1)
  • Charles Johnson (1)
  • Laurence Maroney (1)
  • Mathew Mulligan (1)
  • Chad Ochocinco (1)
  • Patrick Pass (1)
  • David Thomas (1)
  • Brian Tyms (1)
  • Dedric Ward (1)
  • Josh Gordon (1)

This list signifies that Edelman is just a cog in the machine that just happens to be the number one receiver on the roster at this moment. The running backs will forever reign in New England which will continue to cast a shadow on Edelman, who in reality will not and should not make the Hall of Fame.

As always, Im glad you got to see me today