Edelman next in line if Patriots need third quarterback with Garoppolo out?


Edelman next in line if Patriots need third quarterback with Garoppolo out?

FOXBORO -- Back on Sept. 8, Bill Belichick was asked what his plan would be if for some reason the Patriots needed a third quarterback during Tom Brady's suspension. 

"Yeah," Belichick said, "well we have our plans for that."

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Pressed on the issue again, Belichick replied, "We have plans. Look, we have to back up every position nso we have plans to back them all up."

At the time, the Patriots didn't need a third quarterback. Both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett were healthy? Now that Garoppolo has been forced from Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, the third-quarterback question is an important one. 

Brissett will be the one who takes his place behind center for the remainder of New England's Week 2 matchup with the Dolphins, but what would the Patriots do if the rookie third-rounder had to miss any time? 

The logical answer would be that the team would turn to another collegiate quarterback on its roster: receiver Julian Edelman, who was the signal-caller at Kent State before being drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. 

Edelman threw for 4,997 yards, 30 touchdowns and 31 interceptions in three seasons at Kent State. As a dual-threat quarterback, he also ran for 2,483 yards and a 4.9 yards-per-carry average.

In the Divisional Round of the playoffs following the 2014 regular season, Edelman completed his only professional passing attempt: a 51-yard touchdown to Danny Amendola to help them beat the Ravens and advance to the AFC title game.

The Patriots have another former collegiate college quarterback on the roster in tight end AJ Derby, who played the position at Iowa and Arkansas before transitioning to tight end. Derby is inactive for Sunday's game with the Dolphins, however, making him unavailable. 

The Patriots do not have a quarterback on their practice squad and would likely mine the list of current free agents for a capable player at that spot should Garoppolo be forced to miss the final two weeks of Brady's suspension due to injury.

Pro day circuit shows Belichick in his element

Pro day circuit shows Belichick in his element

Bill Belichick is a teacher. His father was a teacher. His mother was a teacher. He is very much their son in that regard. 

The glimpses into Belichick's essence aren't as rare as you might think, but they still generate an inordinate amount of interest because he's arguably the best to ever execute the kind of teaching he's made his life's work.

Every time he takes several minutes to answer a conference call or press conference question thoughtfully, the hundreds of words found in the text of the transcribed answer typically create a stir on Twitter. NFL Films productions that show Belichick operating behind the scenes are devoured. Exclusive interviews, where he shares his insight on individual games and matchups, NFL Films productions that show Belichick operating behind the scenes are devoured. Exclusive interviews, where he shares his insight on individual games and matchups, make every installment of the β€˜Do Your Job’ series a must-watch.

Clips of Belichick on the practice field aren't necessarily hard to find, there just aren't many of them considering how many practices he's run over the course of his decades-long career. But thanks to more lax media policies at the college programs he visits for pro days, video of his on-the-field work pops up on a regular basis this time of year. They are mini-clinics dotting the internet. 

This is Belichick in his element. Even in the middle of a random university campus. Even with scouts, coaches and front-office people from around the league watching his every move. Whether he's coaching players one-on-one or three or four at a time, Belichick is imparting his wisdom on eager close-to-blank slates. All the while he's trying to evaluate how they're absorbing what he's giving them. Do they pay attention? How do they process information? Are they error-repeaters? 

It's a fascinating give-and-take between the 60-something coach trying to build a roster and the 20-something players trying to make one, some of whom hadn't yet hit kindergarten when Belichick won his first ring in New England. And he seems to enjoy it. 

Here's a quick look at some of what Belichick has been up to the last few days at Georgia, South Carolina and NC State.  



Patriots re-sign LB Marquis Flowers

Patriots re-sign LB Marquis Flowers

Linebacker Marquis Flowers is headed back to the Patriots on a one-year deal worth up to $2.55 million, according to his agent, Sean Stellato. 

Flowers, 26, a sixth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014, was acquired by the Patriots near the end of training camp last year for a seventh-round pick. 

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