It led to New England signing the veteran to a two-year, $11 million extension. The two teams meet this season on September 16 in the Jaguars' home opener at TIAA Field.
The Patriots are not stacked up with skilled receivers in their lineup after letting go of Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks in the offseason. In fact, just previous year the Carolina Panthers' DE Charles Johnson, the Jets' WR Jeremy Kerley, and Bears LB Jerrell Freeman were all suspended for the very same thing. The former seventh round pick missed all of the 2017 season, including the playoffs, with a torn ACL. Through organized team activities and minicamp, he has looked strong and progressing nicely to get back to where he was prior to the 2017 season. However, a damper was put on that buzz.
According to the report, which was updated further by ESPN on Thursday, that Edelman is now appealing the suspension - noting he has "taken hundreds of tests" and has never tested positive. However, that process rarely works out in the player's favor.
Of course, the return of Edelman has now been delayed somewhat.
If the Patriots are unable to add anyone of substance, they'll enter the initial four games of the 2018 season with the likes of Jordan Matthews, Chris Hogan and Cordarrelle Patterson having to step up.
At the start of practice, the wide receiver was nowhere to be found as the offense and defense were walking through the drills. The next closest is Phillip Dorsett, who had only 12.
The New England Patriots don't have as much depth at wideout as they did a season ago. However, it can be argued that the group isn't as talented this year.