Former Broncos receivers who have better Hall of Fame resume than Julian Edelman
Demaryius Thomas is probably not a Hall of Famer, but he was a much better overall wide receiver than Edelman, and he has the statistics to back it up.
Though Edelman has the postseason accolades, Thomas is inside the top 50 (No. 48) in career receptions with 724. Thomas also has nearly 3,000 more career receiving yards and his 63 career touchdown receptions nearly double the number posted by Edelman.
Thomas did have his best years playing with Peyton Manning and that certainly helped turn him into a star, but Edelman was able to play nearly his entire career catching passes from Tom Brady.
Thomas also went to five consecutive Pro Bowls while Edelman was never selected to one. Seriously, how can you be in the Hall of Fame without ever going to the Pro Bowl?
Edelman’s resume would rely almost entirely on his postseason play and he does have three Super Bowl rings and a Super Bowl MVP award to back that up. Still, Thomas did set a Super Bowl record for receptions in a game (which was later broken) back in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Thomas most likely is not a Hall of Famer but looking at his numbers compared to those of Edelman, there is no way that Edelman is, regardless of how good he was when playoff time came around.