Julian Edelman on playing QB: 'I play receiver for a reason'

Julian Edelman on playing QB: 'I play receiver for a reason'

FOXBORO – The last non-quarterback to throw a pass for the Patriots was Julian Edelman. And it worked out pretty well, a strike to Danny Amendola in the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoff win over the Ravens.

With Jimmy Garoppolo broken, rookie Jacoby Brissett in the driver’s seat and no other quarterback on the roster, Edelman conceivably becomes the next man up.

How’s his arm?

“I haven’t thrown in a while, so,” Edelman answered with a smile.”

Nobody knows the offense better than you, though. And a former quarterback at Kent State?

“No. No, don’t get that construed out there,” answered Edelman. “Did I use that right? Those (quarterbacks), you can’t take anything from those guys. They throw the ball so well. I play receiver for a reason.”


With just three days off before the team is back on the field, it’s going to be difficult for any quarterback to come in and be up to speed enough to take meaningful snaps against the Texans.

It isn’t completely beyond the pale to think outside-the-box innovator Bill Belichick could look at Edelman as quarterback and think, “Why not?

Is he the next man up, as former Patriots front office man Mike Lombardi alleged during the game?

“You gotta ask coach,” said Edelman. “I have no clue. I’m a receiver and I’m just gonna do what my coach asks me to do.”

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did. 


Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

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Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

After missing out on coveted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater and brought back Josh McCown as short-term solutions at QB, but with the trade they made with the Colts on Saturday, their future franchise QB could be drafted next month.

The Jets acquired the No. 3 overall pick in the April 26 draft from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the sixth overall pick, two 2018 second-round picks (37th and 49th) and a 2019 second-rounder.

UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold are considered the top QBs in the draft. The Cleveland Browns and New York Giants have the first two picks, the Browns have No. 4, too, and could be eyeing a QB. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley could be among the top picks as well. 

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