The New England Patriots have a quarterback quandary and wide receiver Julian Edelman may be the one to help solve the problem.
The New England Patriots haven’t had to worry about the quarterback position since Tom Brady arrived but Bill Belichick’s team has a problem this week. Brady is still suspended for one more game as a result of the Deflategate ruling and Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett are questionable with injuries.
Garoppolo began the year as the starter and looked more than capable at handling the job until he was hurt. Then, rookie Jacoby Brissett came in and the Patriots offense suddenly had a dual-threat element under center for the first time in the Belichick era. Unfortunately, his NFL debut was marred by a thumb injury that may keep him out this week and make him wait an awfully long time for his next opportunity to start.
So what are the Patriots to do if they don’t have a healthy quarterback?
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According to Jason La Canfora, Belichick and the Patriots could be forced to turn to wide receiver and former college quarterback Julian Edelman to take snaps under center. Edelman starred at Kent State but it’s been a long time since he’s been under center.
From an unbiased fan perspective, it would be pretty awesome to see what Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels can do with him under center, especially with so little time to plan for that. Would anyone be surprised if the Patriots still found a way to win with Edelman playing quarterback, even if it takes their best receiver out of the lineup too?
Probably not, but it’s not the ideal scenario for the Patriots who have to hope either Garoppolo or Brissett are healthy enough to give it a go in Week 4.