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The offensive coaching staff thought highly enough of Edelman's run-after-catch ability coming out of training camp last season that he was playing ahead of Wes Welker until a Week 3 hand injury sent him to the sidelines.
If Edelman is going to land a more lucrative long-term contract outside of New England, he's going to have to prove he can stay healthy in 2013.
If the Pittsburgh Steelers don't match the offer to Sanders by Monday, the Patriots' overhauled wide receiver depth chart will read: Danny Amendola, Sanders, Donald Jones, Edelman and Michael Jenkins. Although a high-end speedster is missing, the common thread with all five receivers is they have the ability to play outside as well as inside.