Julian Edelman FOXBORO, MA – JANUARY 10: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots throws a touchdown pass on a flea flicker play during the second half of the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Julian Edelman is a jack of all trades for the New England Patriots. He can run the ball, be a kick returner, and certainly a key option for the team as a wide receiver. Now, you can add him in as a real option at quarterback as well.

With Tom Brady still suspended and his replacement, Jimmy Garoppolo, nursing a bad shoulder injury, rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett seems to be in line to be the starter this Thursday against the Houston Texans. But the Patriots will need a backup for Brissett – and Edelman looks to be the most realistic option.

It appears that the rumors of Edelman being a real option as the No. 2 quarterback are true, as NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports the team is prepping him as the backup this week.

Much of the indecision around what to do at quarterback surrounds just how quickly Garoppolo can come back from that AC joint injury in his shoulder. It can be tough to grip a football, let alone throw it on such a quick turnaround.

Given that it seems unlikely that Garoppolo will make that quick of a recovery (even if he is listed as limited on the injury report), the Patriots really are in a bind at quarterback and Edelman is their best hope as the listed backup.

It isn’t as if signing a guy off the street to take up a spot on the 53-man roster, let alone the reduced game day roster, makes much sense. There aren’t exactly a lot of Patriot-playbook familiar quarterbacks available either.

Edelman last played quarterback in college at Kent State, before switching away from the position for an improbable NFL run that included him being a seventh round pick of the Patriots in 2009.

However, that wasn’t the last time he threw a pass, having famously connected on a 51-yard touchdown throw in a 2014 playoff win over the Baltimore Ravens.

It is still a long way from a gadget play designed for you to running the full offense, should anything happen to Brissett.

Let’s just say the Patriots-Texans clash on Thursday night is going to be worth just about every penny one pays for seeing this game (in person or on TV).


About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a contributor to The Comeback as well as Publisher of Big Ten site talking10. He also is a member of the FWAA and has been covering college sports since 2011. Andy is an avid soccer fan and runs the Celtic FC site The Celtic Bhoys. If he's not writing about sports, you can find him enjoying them in front of the TV with a good beer!