Bedard: Julian Edelman’s thumb injury will ultimately help Patriots’ passing game

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A league source confirmed that Julian Edelman will miss multiple weeks — which would be most, if not all, of training camp — after sustaining an offseason left thumb injury. The severity of the injury and how the injury occurred is not immediately known. ESPN first reported the news.

In a passing game that's undergoing almost a total personnel overhaul at receiver and tight end, it's never great to be without your key piece and the quarterback's security blanket. Sure, others can grow in his absence — and we'll touch on that in a minute — but you do want some efficiency and effectiveness in the passing game, or else everyone will lose their rhythm. And Tom Brady will probably lose his (stuff) at some point if the ball is on the ground more than it's supposed to be.

At the least, Edelman's injury should give some Patriots the chance to be the best version of themselves. Or, at least, they can show very quickly whether they have the right stuff to play in the league, in this offense and for this quarterback. Or not.

Ranking the beneficiaries of the Edelman injury: