New England Patriots: 3 Players that must shine vs. Bills in Week 16

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1. Julian Edelman

Leading up to this point in the 2019 campaign, Julian Edelman has been by far the most impactful wide receiver for New England, tallying a team-best 1,019 receiving yards on a team-high 92 receptions and six touchdowns. With 11.1 yards per catch this year, Edelman holds a season-long reception of 44 yards.

As far as how those stats stack up against the rest of the NFL, Edelman ranks 14th in receiving yards, fourth in receptions and is tied for 22nd in touchdown catches.

In the Week 15 win on the road against the struggling Cincinnati Bengals, Edelman put together somewhat of an uncharacteristic performance for New England, although it didn’t ultimately matter as the Patriots were able to come away with the victory at the end of the day.

In that game, Edelman had just two catches for nine yards in the win, averaging just 4.5 yards per receptions while being held out of the end zone in the game.

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The veteran wide receiver will look to get back on track and will need to step up and performed well here in Week 16 as the Patriots welcome in the Bills in a big AFC East showdown on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.