Every NFL team has an emergency quarterback in case the worse should happen and both (or, more rarely, all three) active quarterbacks are injured in a game. It’s usually a player who played QB in high school or college before switching to their current position. Very rarely are these roles ever needed in a game.
However, the New England Patriots star receiver Julian Edelman may have to start as the quarterback in week 4.
Tom Brady is still serving his Deflategate suspension. His backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, suffered a AC joint sprain in a week 2 win over Miami. Jacoby Brissett, the rookie from North Carolina State, finished the game in his stead and started the week 3 shutout of the Texans, after which the news came out that he was dealing with an injury to his thumb on his throwing hand, with reports and sources varying between him needing surgery or just suffering from a simple sprain.
At this moment, the status for Garoppolo and Brissett is unclear, and head coach Bill Belichick have made no comment as to wether they will bring in a new QB with their extra time to prepare for their week 4 game against their division rival Buffalo Bills.
Fans and some analysts have tapped Julian Edelman, a three year starting quarterback during his time at Kent State, to be the next starter.
During his time as Kent State quarterback, Edelman was the team’s leading rusher in his senior year and broke the school record for total offensive yards.
Obviuosly, he knows the system and was the backup for Brissett in their matchup with Houston, so he has at least a base knowledge of the QB position in the system.
Time will tell Belichick’s decision, and we’ll keep you updated.