The day after their 27-0 victory over the Houston Texans, news broke that New England Patriots Quarterback Jacoby Brissett suffered a thumb injury on his right hand. So it raises the question, what is going on in New England with Quarterbacks?
First the team loses Tom Brady to a four game suspension following the longest NFL investigation in league history that involved the actual court system.
Then Jimmy Garoppolo suffered what was reported as a Grade 2 AC joint injury during the week 2 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
Which gave Brissett the opportunity to become the first African American quarterback in the team’s history. But Brissett somehow gets hurt on his throwing hand, most likely ruling him out for next week’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
So following the next-man-up mentality in the NFL does that mean that WR Julian Edelman will be the guy taking snaps behind center? Or will the team go out and pick someone up for the short time they need a QB?
The Pats only need a guy that can suit up for at most four games, considering that Garoppolo will only be out two to four weeks and Brissett’s injury might not be a serious recovery time. So the replacement would only need to dress for a couple of games and as just an in-case scenario since Tom Brady will be back in most likely better shape than ever before.
So if Edelman brushes off his QB skills from college, what’s to say that he won’t get hurt like those that played before him? Wouldn’t the team want to protect one of their receiving weapons? It would be better for the team in the long run if Edelman didn’t suit up as QB for the team.
The Pats best bet is to hit the open market and pick up a QB that has a decent arm, like Matt Flynn who was signed to the team to back up Brady and Garoppolo before being released. Phil Perry of CSN New England reported that Pats’ Head Coach Bill Belichick didn’t rule out a possible return to the team for Flynn.
So it’s more than likely that Flynn will be resigned to the team and suit up as starting QB with Edelman again there as a just-in-case QB. The team only needs to hold on one more week until their fearless leader Tom Brady is back to lead the team onto victory.