By 98.5 The Sports Hub Staff
Pro Football Focus revealed its most valuable non-quarterbacks in the playoffs since 2006. One of their conclusions may surprise you.
Julian Edelman, Super Bowl LIII MVP and consistently one of the NFL's top playoff performers for the Patriots in his career, is No. 1 on the list. The criteria is simply what PFF describes as its own "WAR" stat (Wins Above Replacement).
Coming at No. 2 on the list is safety Devin McCourty, who has played and started in 23 playoff games for the Patriots over the course of his 10 seasons in the NFL. McCourty was a key piece to the Patriots' 2018 defense that held the Los Angeles Rams to just three points in Super Bowl LIII.
Both Edelman and McCourty will be counted on as leaders both on and off the field for the Patriots if and when they take the field. The departure of Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers left a void of veteran voices that would be filled by Edelman, McCourty, and Matthew Slater, among others.