The #Patriots have done extensive preparation over the past few days to get WR Julian Edelman ready as the backup QB. It may actually happen
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 21, 2016
Julian Edelman is being prepared to be the backup quarterback for tomorrow night’s game against Houston. This is actually happening.
We all know Edelman’s story: high school quarterback, college quarterback, seventh round draft pick, special teams guy, elite slot receiver. The transition he’s made has been remarkable. There have been guys to change positions throughout the history of the NFL, but not many have been as successful as Edelman. But is he ready to transition back?
Obviously it would be for a maximum of two games. Once Brady returns, everything goes back to normal, but for two games, do we think Edelman could serve as a backup, and possibly starting quarterback?
And another question, do we want him to?
First we’ll start with the “can he?”
Julian Edelman has attempted one pass in his entire career, a 51YD touchdown pass to Danny Amendola in the 2014 AFC Divisional round of the playoffs against the Baltimore Ravens.
Amazing Tom Brady to Julian Edelman to Danny Amendola 51-yard touchdown pass https://t.co/xDpA7OWpAN
— FantasyFootballChick (@liveocgirl) January 11, 2015
Honestly one of my favorite plays of all time. But that’s his only pass attempt in the NFL. Can a guy who’s only thrown one pass in the league serve as a professional quarterback?
In most cases, I’d say no. However, Julian Edelman and the Patriots are not most cases. Everyone knows these guys work harder and are better prepared than anyone in football. It’s because of that preparation that I believe Edelman could do it. It’s not like he’s going to go out there and throw for 400YD & 5TD, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he’d be a serviceable backup quarterback. He knows the plays, he’s proven to be an extremely smart football player, and he’s got a quarterbacking background.
More importantly though, Tom Brady thinks he can do it.
When asked about Edelman, Brady said (in regards to an injury to Jacoby Brissett), “If that’s the case I’d expect Julian to go in there and the coaches to be comfortable with the plays they’re calling for him,” Brady added. “He still talks about that touchdown pass he threw against Baltimore a few years ago.” (via S.I.)
So really that’s enough for me to believe in Jules. I said a few blogs back that I’d do anything for Tom Brady. He’s pretty much a god to me. If he says Edelman can do it, I believe it.
That being said, do we want him to get out there as signal-caller?
Despite the fact it’d be super entertaining, there’s no part of me that wants to see it. If Thursday night’s game is coming down to the wire, I’d rather have Edelman, the best slot receiver in the NFL, and the Patriots’ most reliable target, catching passes than throwing the ball.
Every game is important. Winning is everything. With the game on the line, I want the Patriots to have a quarterback who gives them the best chance at winning, not a receiver who’s never done it at the highest level.
I know that’s not going to be a popular opinion. I understand that Pats fans want to see Edelman out there running around, making things happen. But gimmicks rarely work in the NFL, and Edelman at quarterback would be a gimmick.
Now, I’m not discounting Edelman as a football player. He’s makes the Patriots’ offense go. I just don’t think he gives the team the best chance to win at quarterback. He’s too valuable elsewhere.
However, if something happens to Brissett and Edelman is forced into action, I’m confident he can do it.
To prepare for that scenario, check these highlights out and get a feel for what we’re getting in Julian Edelman the quarterback.