Report: Patriots have put in 'extensive preparation' for Edelman at QB

Report: Patriots have put in 'extensive preparation' for Edelman at QB

Julian Edelman wouldn't admit it after Sunday's win over the Dolphins, but it sounds as though he is, in fact, the emergency quarterback for the Patriots. And according to one report, he's grinding this week to prepare to take snaps behind center against the Texans. 

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, "it may actually happen."

Asked over the weekend if he could play quarterback due to his understanding of the offense and his experience behind center, Edelman was dismissive. At Kent State, where he started for three seasons, he threw for nearly 5,000 yards, 30 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. 

"No. No, don’t get that construed out there," Edelman said. "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."

Edelman does have one pass attempt in the books at the NFL level, which Patriots fans -- and Tom Brady -- remember well. It went for 51 yards and score to fellow receiver Danny Amendola in a win over the Ravens in the Divisional Round of the playoffs two seasons ago. 

Soon after fill-in starter Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a shoulder injury against the Dolphins on Sunday, former assistant to the Patriots coaching staff Mike Lombardi tweeted that Edelman "will have to be the emergency QB now." Former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien said during a conference call on Tuesday that when he was with the team, he worked with Edelman on some Wildcat plays

Edelman's preparation to play quarterback may go for naught if Jacoby Brissett is able to play effectively, or if Garoppolo is active and can suit up. But the Patriots usually have contingencies for their contingencies. And if anything were to happen to either full-time quarterback -- or if the Patriots simply want to throw an unexpected look at the Texans -- Edelman could return to his collegiate position. 

Given the unusual circumstances surrounding Patriots quarterbacks at the moment, that he's working on it comes as no surprise. 

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

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.