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.”