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3 things the Patriots will miss most about Julian Edelman

You know when organizations say “there’s no replacing” a certain player when they’re not on the field because there’s almost no perfect way to quantify the impact they make for their team?

Julian Edelman’s retirement from the New England Patriots feels that way.

One of the very latest picks in the 2009 NFL Draft, the undersized former college quarterback turned himself into a Patriots legend through his versatility, toughness to play through pain and injury, and postseason performances that will remain part of Patriots lore for all time.

Even if some point out that Edelman doesn’t have the elite credentials many look for in future Hall-of-Fame candidates, one can’t deny that he was flat-out a really good football player who made himself an integral contributor in the Patriots’ dynasty resurgence over the last decade.