Edelman's practice work lauded

January, 18, 2012
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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

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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