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Edelman's work as Tebow recognized

12/21/2011

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Julian Edelman's practice role as Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow drew recognition from the Patriots' coaching staff this week.

Edelman was named one of the team's practice players of the week, the honor given to the players who best prepare the club in the days leading up to a victory. Edelman, a college quarterback at Kent State, ran the option package in practice last week.

When the Patriots worked on the more traditional passing game with Tebow, it was rookie Ryan Mallett playing the role.

In addition to Edelman, practice squad tight end Dorin Dickerson, practice squad linebacker Mike Rivera and offensive lineman Donald Thomas earned practice player of the week honors.

The breakdown of practice players of the week:

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