|Rex Ryan poses as ‘Walt Patulski’ and asks Julian Edelman if he’s playing quarterback this week||09.28.16 at 1:09 pm ET|
Rex Ryan really must be feeling bored.
The affable Bills head coach reached a new level on Wednesday conference call when he posed as “Walt Patulski” a reporter for the Buffalo News and asked Patriots receiver Julian Edelman if he were playing quarterback for the Patriots.
“Are you playing quarterback?” Ryan asked.
“I’m going to do whatever the coaches ask me to do,” an unsuspecting Edelman said. “If they ask me to go out and give a glass a water to someone on the sideline, I’m going to do that with a smile on my face if it helps our team win. You can ask our coach about that.”
Ryan quipped, “All right buddy, I will.”
New media member "Walt Patulski from the Buffalo News" jumps in with a hard-hitting question for Julian Edelman. pic.twitter.com/mBHrzIDeSx
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 28, 2016
|Julian Edelman on OM&F: ‘Any time you get a win in this league it feels unbelievable’||09.26.16 at 12:01 pm ET|
Julian Edelman checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Monday to discuss the Patriots’ 27-0 over the Texans last Thursday and also to look ahead to this Sunday’s game against the Bills To hear the interview, go to the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria audio on demand page.
The Patriots were able to blowout the Texans Thursday night with rookie third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett leading the way. Edelman said any time the team wins a game it feels good, no matter what the circumstances are.
“Any time you get a win in this league it feels unbelievable,” Edelman said. “When you’re down a player with a guy hurt, or a guy is not playing who is a big-time player and you scrap and get a win, that’s just showing the mental toughness of a team. Of course it’s good, but winning any game in this league — it doesn’t matter who is there or who is not there — it’s so satisfying because you put so much time and effort into that one game. It’s not like other sports where you can take off five games and you can take off a game here and there, every game matters in the National Football League. Regardless of the situation, it’s always fun and the team is excited to get a win.
“On the other note, you have to move on because there’s only 16 games. It’s fun for those couple hours and that day or so and the long weekend because of the baby bye weekend, but you have to move on and we have a division game staring us right in the face against a team that got a big time win over a good opponent last week. It’s fun, but you have to get back to work.”
Edelman gave credit to the coaching staff for getting everyone to buy in and also talked about how the winning attitude is apparent throughout the organization.
“We have a coaching staff that works its tails off and what they are really good at is taking the players they have and using their strengths and going out and being able to call a game,” he said. “I’ll tell you right now, it’s not just the coaching staff, it’s also the players and the guys buying in. It’s the attitudes of everyone — the equipment guys, the people that are cooking for us — it’s just like a good attitude right now. That’s what winning does. It gets that whole complementary style and it’s what we’re trying to do.”
Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.
Through three weeks, no team has run it better than the New England Patriots.
They are averaging 150.7 yards per game and 4.19 yards each time they don’t pass. Those two stats are key reasons why they are 3-0 without Tom Brady.
For all the credit the offensive line and coach Dante Scarnecchia has rightfully earned over the first three games for their efforts in run blocking, the key to the production might very well lie on the outside.
Tight end Martellus Bennett was a huge factor in the run game in the win over the Cardinals.
“I was just trying to whoop their ass all day,” the tight end said after the Patriots ran for 106 yards on 31 carries in a Week 1 win.
In wins over the Dolphins and Texans, LeGarrette Blount bounced outside several times, including a run of 26 yards against the Dolphins and dashes of 41 and 14 yards against the Texans. Jacoby Brissett even raced outside for a 27-yard touchdown run.
The runs to the outside aren’t successful without a combination of the offensive line doing its job at the initial point of attack and the tight ends and receivers blocking at the secondary or perimeter levels.
Malcolm Mitchell executed a block downfield that sprung Brissett into the end zone. Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola were big factors on Thursday night. Rob Gronkowski has always taken great pride in his blocking, and is rightfully considered one of the premiere blocking tight ends in football.
|Julian Edelman: ‘It’s satisfying’ to beat Texans on short week with rookie quarterback||09.23.16 at 1:32 am ET|
FOXBORO — No Tom Brady. No Jimmy Garoppolo. Three days to prepare with a rookie quarterback proved to be no problem for the Patriots.
New England blew out the Texans 27-0 on Thursday night to improve to 3-0 and now only have one game left until Tom Brady returns against the Browns in Week 5.
“I’m sure there’s a lot of room for improvement for everyone, but with the circumstance of having the short week and playing a conference team and going out and getting a good team win, it’s satisfying,” wide receiver Julian Edelman said.
Although the Patriots are 3-0, not many expected them to be.
Many had them losing Week 1 in Arizona with Garoppolo making his first NFL start and then many had them losing again on Thursday at home as it was rookie Jacoby Brissett making his first NFL start with just three days to prepare.
Edelman said the team doesn’t think about, or care, what people are saying on the outside.
“We don’t really worry about what nationally we’re supposed to be coming off as,” he said. “What we worry about is just going out and continually improve, get better each and every day, take in what the coaches think the best things to do are and we go out and try and execute them. We’re just going to keep focusing on that and not worry about what other people think.”
The wide receiver caught four passes for 38 yards and also pitched in running the ball on jet sweeps as he had 14 yards on three carries. Edelman is a fan of getting the ball in his hands any way he can.
“I like them a lot,” he said of the jet sweeps. “If it helps the team, you’re going to like them.”
With Garoppolo inactive, Edelman in all likelihood was the backup quarterback, but fortunately for the team he never got into the game under center. It would have been for the first time since his days at Kent State he would have played quarterback.
“It’s the old dusty trail right now. The old dusty trail,” Edelman said of his throwing arm and not getting to play quarterback.
Being in his eighth season, Edelman knows how rare Thursday’s win was where all three phases all had an equal part in the win as the defense didn’t allow a point, the special teams gave the offense great field position and the offense put up 27 points against a solid Texans defense.
“It was very fun,” he said. “Anytime you can go out on a short week and beat a really good football team with a complementary game — offense, defense, special teams making big plays, it’s fun. It’s a fun environment.”
|Bill O’Brien will be ready if Julian Edelman plays quarterback||09.21.16 at 12:03 pm ET|
If Jimmy Garoppolo is unable to go and Jacoby Brissett gets injured or is removed from the game, Texans coach Bill O’Brien will be ready for Julian Edelman.
There’s been plenty of speculation in the last 24 hours about the possibility of the former Kent State quarterback taking snaps for the Patriots in a pinch.
O’Brien was the quarterbacks coach in 2009 when Edelman was a seventh-round pick of the Patriots. Edelman took his time learning the offense and O’Brien was paying close attention.
With Edelman sounding more and more like the emergency quarterback, how does O’Brien, someone with an intimate knowledge of Bill Belichick’s offensive philosophy, prepare for him on a short week?
“I think we have to be ready for their roster, you know what I mean? We have to understand the skillsets of the players on their roster,” O’Brien said. “Obviously with Julian, I was there when they drafted him. He was a shotgun, wildcat quarterback at Kent State and really good at it. I can remember doing some of things with him over the couple years that I was with him in practice there. I know that he can do that. It’s that and other guys. There’s other guys. (Danny) Amendola can throw the ball. We’re trying to do the best we can to be prepared for their roster.”
Of course, the most famous (and only) pass of Edelman’s career came in the 2014 AFC divisional round against the Ravens, when he found Danny Amendola for 51 yards and a touchdown that tied the game, 28-28, after being down 14 points twice.
As a guru of quarterbacks, O’Brien has kept a reasonably close eye on Garoppolo and Brissett also. He knows he needs to be ready for any combination of quarterbacks on the field Thursday night.
|5 things we know about Julian Edelman, quarterback||at 11:53 am ET|
1. He was a wildcat-type of quarterback before it was cool. This video of him working out of all situations while serving as the signal-caller at Kent State should give you some sort of idea what the Patriots might be working with if he does get the call for whatever reason — injury, personnel shift, whatever — Thursday night against the Texans.
2. When he did have to throw in college, he wasn’t all that accurate. One of the most important aspects that the Patriots look for in their quarterbacks is accuracy, with 60 percent being the industry standard when it comes to completion rate. In his three seasons at Kent State, he had completion percentages of 55, 52 and 56 percent, and more interceptions (31) than touchdown passes (30). There’s no denying his toughness and his ability to get yards on the ground. It’s just to suggest that even if he does get into the game on Thursday, don’t look for the Patriots to open up the passing game.
3. He’s played a lot of quarterback in practice for the Patriots since he first showed up in 2009. As Bill O’Brien alluded join his conference call on Tuesday, there have been plenty of occasions in the past when New England has utilized him at quarterback in training camp, as well as when they were prepping for a team with a mobile quarterback. That doesn’t mean that he’d be game-ready if he were tossed into the contest on Thursday. It’s only to suggest he wouldn’t be starting from square one if he did have to cram a bit this week.
4. Remember that pass to Danny Amendola? That was awesome, wasn’t it? It was just one pass, but man, that throw he delivered to Danny Amendola in the 2014 AFC divisional playoff game against the Ravens was still the nuttiest moment of that postseason, not counting Malcolm Butler’s interception at the end of Super Bowl XLIX. The fact that he delivered a dime in a clutch situation has to be part of this conversation.
5. Taking him from the wide receiver position creates a domino effect the Patriots might not be completely prepared to deal with. Even if you’re OK with the idea of moving him from wide receiver to quarterback — at least for the short term — the fact that you are taking your most reliable pass catcher and sticking him somewhere else on the field will be impactful. As this Tweeter noted, Tom Brady without Edelman is a dicey proposition. You take Edelman the receiver away from Edelman the quarterback, and that will present a new challenge for the passing game. That would necessitate the rest of the offensive skill position players stepping forward and taking up some of the slack. If you’re confident they can, then it might work. But if there’s a question as to who might fill that target void, well, that’s a whole different discussion.
|Julian Edelman: ‘I’m proud of [Jacoby Brissett]. He handled it real well’||09.18.16 at 5:49 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Life in the NFL is to expect the unexpected, and rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett experienced that Sunday aftrernoon.
After starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was injured in the second quarter against the Dolphins, in came Brissett, who has only been an NFL quarterback for a few short months and got limited reps in the preseason with Garoppolo and Tom Brady also seeing time.
Brissett handled things about as well as he could, as the Patriots held on for a 31-24 win in the home opener. The NC State product went 6-for-9 passing for 92 yards. He also ran for 12 yards on four carries.
“He came in and he handled it well,” wide receiver Julian Edelman said. “He’s a baby and it’s just funny to see him in the huddle on stuff. I’m proud of him. He handled it real well. He made calls. He made right run checks and all that stuff. I’m sure there’s more we can do better, but he came in and Jacoby, he handled it like a professional.”
Bill Belichick also had positive things to say about Brissett.
“Jacoby – look, he’s been working for this for a long time, all the way back into the spring, all the way through training camp,” Belichick said. “He’s gotten a lot of reps. He did a good job; pressure situation, played 2 1/2 quarters and he did a good job for us.”
With Garoppolo reportedly out for Thursday, it will be Brissett making his first NFL start. Edelman realizes that’s how things go in the NFL and the team will be ready.
“That’s NFL football season. It’s been different in the past at that position, but it’s like any other position, you have to keep it going,” he said. “The train keeps on moving and it just means we’re going to have to have a great week of preparation against a really good football team. You know Houston and Billy [O’Brien] is going to have them prepared and play hard. It’s one of those tough weeks.”
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