FOXBORO, Mass. — As a former college quarterback, it stands to reason that Julian Edelman would have been the New England Patriots’ next option had something happened to rookie signal-caller Jacoby Brissett during Sunday’s win over the Miami Dolphins.
Michael Lombardi, who worked as an assistant to the Patriots’ coaching staff for the last two seasons, even confirmed in a tweet that, yes, Edelman is New England’s emergency QB.
Don’t expect any confirmation from Edelman himself, though.
“You’ve got to ask (Patriots head coach Bill Belichick) on that one,” the wide receiver said after his team’s 31-24 win, during which it lost quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a shoulder injury in the second quarter and was forced to roll with Brissett for the rest of the way.
He later added: “I wasn’t even thinking about that. I was just thinking about what I could do to help Jacoby, and by that I mean just doing my job. So you’d have to ask (Belichick) on that one.”
As expected, Belichick did not offer any additional insight.
“We would’ve done what we thought was best depending on the situation, maybe,” Belichick said.
Tom Brady, the Patriots’ starting QB for the last decade-and-a-half, is suspended until Week 5.
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