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Julian Edelman thriving as punt returner

Returns have put the Patriots in good position

FOXBOROUGH — As Julian Edelman lined up inside the Patriots’ 25-yard-line during the second quarter last Sunday, a perfect storm of factors would soon come swirling together, springing the shifty receiver on a 38-yard punt return, his longest of the season.

Start with the scouting. Edelman knew, through film study, in which direction Jets punter Ryan Quigley likes to kick, so he positioned himself accordingly, accounting also for the line of scrimmage and what the wind was doing.

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