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Edelman's practice work lauded

1/18/2012

For the second time in a month, receiver/defensive back/returner Julian Edelman's work in playing Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was recognized by the coaching staff.

Edelman today was named one of the team's practice players of the week, which the coaching staff gives to players who are deemed to have best prepared the club leading up to a victory. Those players wear a black jersey in practice that week.

Prior to the Dec. 18 game against the Broncos, Edelman ran the option in practice in the role of Tebow. He did it again last week. Both times, the coaching staff named him a practice player of the week.

Overall, Edelman has earned three black jerseys.

In addition to Edelman, veteran defensive back Nate Jones, rookie defensive end/linebacker Markell Carter (team-high eighth), receiver/safety Matthew Slater and linebacker Dane Fletcher also were practice players of the week.

The updated tabulations of practice players of the week:

DE Markell Carter -- 8

CB Antwaun Molden -- 5

OT Matt Kopa -- 4

TE Garrett Mills -- 4

DL Alex Silvestro -- 4

OL Donald Thomas -- 4

WR/CB/KR/PR Julian Edelman -- 3

QB Brian Hoyer -- 3

LB Mike Rivera -- 3

WR Tiquan Underwood -- 3

RB Shane Vereen -- 3

C/G Ryan Wendell -- 3

C/G Nick McDonald -- 2

S Ross Ventrone -- 2

CB Phillip Adams -- 1

DL Ron Brace -- 1

DE/LB Jermaine Cunningham -- 1

TE Dorin Dickerson -- 1

LB A.J. Edds -- 1

LB Dane Fletcher -- 1

DB Nate Jones -- 1

LB Niko Koutouvides -- 1

DL Kyle Love -- 1

QB Ryan Mallett -- 1

P Zoltan Mesko -- 1

DB Sterling Moore -- 1

WR/S Matthew Slater -- 1

LB Jeff Tarpinian -- 1

CB Josh Victorian -- 1

OT Thomas Welch -- 1

CB Malcolm Williams -- 1

For the week-by-week breakdown of practice players of the week, click on the "full post."

Week 18

DE Markell Carter

WR/CB/KR/PR Julian Edelman

LB Dane Fletcher

DB Nate Jones

WR/S Matthew Slater

Week 17

DE Markell Carter

CB Antwaun Molden

C/G Nick McDonald

LB Mike Rivera

WR Tiquan Underwood

Week 16

DL Ron Brace

OL Nick McDonald

DB Sterling Moore

WR Tiquan Underwood

OL Ryan Wendell

Week 15

TE Dorin Dickerson

WR/DB/PR/KR Julian Edelman

LB Mike Rivera

OL Donald Thomas

Week 14

G Donald Thomas

DE Markell Carter

P Zoltan Mesko

DE Alex Silvestro

S Ross Ventrone

Week 13

DE Alex Silvestro

DE Markell Carter

QB Brian Hoyer

G Donald Thomas

TE Garrett Mills

WR Tiquan Underwood

Week 12

DE Markell Carter

RB Shane Vereen

CB Malcolm Williams

Week 11

LB/DE Jermaine Cunningham

QB Brian Hoyer

LB Mike Rivera

Week 10

OL Donald Thomas

CB Phillip Adams

LB Niko Koutouvides

RB Shane Vereen

TE Garrett Mills

DE Alex Silvestro

DE Markell Carter

Week 6

DE Markell Carter

OL Matt Kopa

CB Antwaun Molden

DE Alex Silvestro

OL Thomas Welch

C/G Ryan Wendell

Week 5

DE Markell Carter

QB Ryan Mallett

TE Garrett Mills

CB Antwaun Molden

OL Ryan Wendell

Week 4

DL Kyle Love

OT Matt Kopa

CB Antwaun Molden

RB Shane Vereen

CB Josh Victorian

Week 2

QB Brian Hoyer

OT Matt Kopa

TE Garrett Mills

CB Antwan Molden

LB Jeff Tarpinian

Week 1

WR Julian Edelman

LB A.J. Edds

OT Matt Kopa

S Ross Ventrone