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Edelman has history at QB — and in doing whatever’s asked

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In his Patriots career, Julian Edelman has been a return specialist and a wide receiver, has lined up in the backfield, has filled in at defensive back and has served an emergency quarterback.

Thursday night, the Patriots are one snap from dealing with an emergency. With Tom Brady suspended and Jimmy Garoppolo injured, the Patriots are starting rookie Jacoby Brissett at quarterback and didn’t add another quarterback to their roster. That means Edelman, a quarterback at Kent State before the Patriots drafted him in the seventh round in 2009, is their No. 2 quarterback.

He was a 54.5 percent passer over three seasons at Kent State, where he excelled running the option and was more battering ram than pure quarterback. He finished his college career with 30 passing touchdowns and 31 interceptions, a ratio he offset by rushing for 22 touchdowns at a career average of 4.9 yards per rush, which is extra impressive considering yards lost on sacks count against a player’s rushing yards in college.

Edelman has a 51-yard touchdown pass in a playoff game on his diverse and impressive NFL resume, but at a listed height of 5-foot-10, he wasn’t going to be an NFL quarterback. He followed former Browns Pro Bowl return specialist Josh Cribbs at Kent State after Cribbs had set all sorts of records for combined rushing and passing yards at the college level, and it was clear that Edelman was going to have to find a new position if he wanted to follow Cribbs into the NFL.

In his senior season at Kent State, Edelman punted four times and returned six punts in addition to playing quarterback and rushing 215 times. Seven years later it’s clear that he was made to be a Patriot, and we’ll soon find out if he adds “quarterback” to the list of ways he’s helped the Patriots.

Earlier this week, Brady said during his weekly radio appearance that Edelman “still talks about” the touchdown he threw on a double pass in the playoffs against the Ravens two seasons ago.

Edelman is going to want the ball, and it seems likely the Patriots will at least line him up as a quarterback early in the game to make the Texans account for him. Both teams had to cram a week’s worth of preparation into a couple days, and the Patriots have shown they aren’t afraid to try just about anything. The same goes for Edelman, and at least for one game he’s one snap away from having to play quarterback.

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24 Responses to “Edelman has history at QB — and in doing whatever’s asked”
  1. bleedingfacemask says: Sep 22, 2016 6:28 PM

    “…but at a listed height of 5-foot-10, he wasn’t going to be an NFL quarterback.”

    Perhaps if Edelman were just 5/8 inches taller, things would have turned out differently…

  2. edelmanfanclub says: Sep 22, 2016 6:29 PM

    Edelman is a beast.

  3. ibillwt says: Sep 22, 2016 6:31 PM

    I imagine Pats will have a tough time pulling this one out tonight even without relying on Edelman at QB.

    But you never know, Big Bill has won a lot of games for them with imagination, preparation, guts, and an incredibly cool head in the clutch. Whenever he hangs it up the fun is gone, but for now, let the good times roll !

  4. winninaintsinnin says: Sep 22, 2016 6:52 PM

    Incl deflating balls?

  5. rgiii2dc says: Sep 22, 2016 6:52 PM

    Don’t want anything bad to happen to Brissett but it would be awesome to see Edelman take a few snaps tonight.

    With the Patriot system and no tape on him, he might just make it work for a half or so.

  6. fumblenuts says: Sep 22, 2016 6:54 PM

    JJ Watt: Crush QB!

  7. twinfan24 says: Sep 22, 2016 6:57 PM

    I’m old enough to recall another #11 who went from QB to doing whatever a team needed. Jim Jensen may not have turn into quite the WR that Edelman is, but I remember him playing on the kickoff teams while he was still listed as the 3rd string QB.

  8. vonkaiser2001 says: Sep 22, 2016 7:07 PM

    I must admit as a lifelong Steeler diehard I despise every part of the New England Patriots. But damn these dudes are winners from top to bottom. Much respect.

  9. willycents says: Sep 22, 2016 7:08 PM

    In Belicheck’s “plug and play” offense, nearly anyone can look good at qb. He definitely has a head on his shoulders. Heck, he even made Brady look like a competent qb.
    The worst thing for Brady’s legacy is if Edelman has to play and looks good.

  10. nowtherearesomanybunnies says: Sep 22, 2016 7:09 PM

    Even though he’s on a team that mostly loses in the playoffs to the team I like, I have nothing but admiration for Edelman. He’s not only the ultimate “let’s get it done no matter what it takes” guy, he’s extremely good at seemingly whatever he does. He’s easy to root for.

  11. bencoates57 says: Sep 22, 2016 7:09 PM

    His biggest contribution to the Patriots organization is the hitherto out on Jeremy Lane in the Super Bowl.

  12. leatherface2012 says: Sep 22, 2016 7:44 PM

    belichick is without a doubt, one of the best minds in pro sports for the last 15 years..i dont know how he motivates, he doesnt seem like a screamer, he’s all business. whatever he does, it works.. maybe dopes like the ryan brothers could look to him for some tips

  13. cadreamer1969 says: Sep 22, 2016 7:51 PM

    Guess you Einsteins haven’t thought how likely the #1 wr gets hurt. Nah, just run through that. I’d guess BB has another player ready just in case and that player isn’t playing much.

  14. savethenflfirerogergoodell says: Sep 22, 2016 7:55 PM

    all patriot players put the team first. thats why this is the greatest franchise the NFL has ever seen

  15. mkreef says: Sep 22, 2016 8:10 PM

    Even us Pats fan know we don’t stand a chance tonight, but it should be fun to watch.

  16. mmack66 says: Sep 22, 2016 8:15 PM

    willycents says:
    Sep 22, 2016 7:08 PM

    In Belicheck’s “plug and play” offense, nearly anyone can look good at qb. He definitely has a head on his shoulders. Heck, he even made Brady look like a competent qb.
    The worst thing for Brady’s legacy is if Edelman has to play and looks good.
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    I don’t know. Steve Young looked pretty good, and Joe Montana is still considered by many to be the GOAT. Brady’s legacy will be okay.

    I’d say that most quarterbacks wouldn’t have fared as well as Brady has over the same period of time.

  17. FinFan68 says: Sep 22, 2016 8:38 PM

    That guy is what we used to call “a football player”. More guys should have his attitude.

  18. Uptown Vike Fan says: Sep 22, 2016 8:39 PM

    Edelman is going to want the ball, and it seems likely the Patriots will at least line him up as a quarterback early in the game to make the Texans account for him.

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    I’m sorry, am I missing something? Why would they line him up at QB unless Brissett got hurt?

  19. skawh says: Sep 22, 2016 8:50 PM

    bencoates57 says:
    Sep 22, 2016 7:09 PM
    His biggest contribution to the Patriots organization is the hitherto out on Jeremy Lane in the Super Bowl.
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    you mean after taking Lane out of the game after intercepting TB in the end zone with a cheap tackle that caused broken bones and an acl. Karma

  20. manureman says: Sep 22, 2016 8:52 PM

    Notice how they help the “good teams” aka pats/packers” every game c’mpn guys you know i’m right.

  21. jag1959 says: Sep 22, 2016 8:56 PM

    willycents says:
    Sep 22, 2016 7:08 PM
    In Belicheck’s “plug and play” offense, nearly anyone can look good at qb. He definitely has a head on his shoulders. Heck, he even made Brady look like a competent qb.
    The worst thing for Brady’s legacy is if Edelman has to play and looks good.
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    Giants guy here, no problem being objective when it comes to the Patriots. Too bad you can’t be, maybe you would be able to realize every time you get to see him you are watching one of the GOAT and just enjoy watching him work. If you really think anything at this point can damage a first ballot HoF player’s 15 year legacy that says more about you than you could spend a lifetime saying about him.

  22. manureman says: Sep 22, 2016 9:55 PM

    How good is Brady when number 2 and or number 3 can get the same results?

  23. thehawg says: Sep 22, 2016 10:59 PM

    He is also a pretty good baseball player.

  24. letmefeelyourlove says: Sep 23, 2016 6:44 AM

    manureman says:
    Sep 22, 2016 9:55 PM

    How good is Brady when number 2 and or number 3 can get the same results?
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    Garoppolo and Brissett have both played very well for six quarters each. Brady has played very, very well for 15 seasons. So, I’d say Jimmy and Jacoby are each about 14.9 seasons short of getting the same result.

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