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Julian Edelman being prepared as Patriots emergency backup quarterback

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Right now, the New England Patriots are in the biggest quarterback crisis they've faced since Drew Bledsoe went down in 2001.

With Tom Brady suspended for another two more games as part of his deflategate punishment, and his solid backup Jimmy Garoppolo struggling with an injury, the Patriots are in trouble.

All they've got left on the QB depth chart is rookie third rounder Jacoby Brissett, who is wildly inexperienced. But Brissett does have an emergency backup, in the form of a wide receiver.

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Yes, this is how desperate things have gotten in New England, with the Patriots seriously preparing wideout Julian Edelman as an emergency quarterback in the event of an injury to Brissett. The news was first broken by Ian Rapoport.

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Edelman actually played quarterback during his time in college for Kent State. As you would expect for a 5"10 quarterback, however, he wasn't highly prized out of college in the Draft. 

Bill Belichick ended up taking him with his final pick in the 7th round and Edelman made the team as a kick returner. He then transitioned to wide receiver and became one of the best slot guys in the league.

Edelman has actually had his throwing skills utilized by the Patriots, slinging a TD pass on a trick play to Danny Amendola in a playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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