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Patriots, Texans both must prepare for emergency QB Julian Edelman

Patriots, Texans both must prepare for emergency QB Julian Edelman

The Pats have a short week and will face the Houston Texans at home on Thursday night. That remains to be seen because they've never really had to do it under Belichick.

The New England Patriots are preparing Julian Edelman to be their emergency quarterback against the Houston Texans on Thursday night.

Jimmy Garoppolo has been very impressive in his first two career starts, but he's already learning just how hard it is to follow the legend of Tom Brady - even if it is just for four games.

If Edelman does throw a pass on Thursday, it won't be his first in the National Football League; his first and only attempt came in the Patriots-Ravens Division Round game in 2015 when Edelman caught a swing pass from Brady and then heaved a 51-yard touchdown to Danny Amendola who had gotten way behind the Ravens' coverage on the trick play.

That means rookie Jacoby Brissett is likely the team's starter - and only healthy quarterback - against the Texans.

"Each week it seems like there is always some position that you have to take into consideration what your depth is there", Belichick said.

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Garoppolo was limited at practice on Wednesday along with six other players, who were all listed as "Questionable" against the Texans.

"This is kind of great for the New England Patriots and their coaching staff", said CBS Sports' Boomer Esiason. One option that the team has is to recruit a new quarterback, possibly from the free agency pool.

Meanwhile, Rob Gronkowski was also present during practice as he arrived in full pads on the field but did minimal work.

"One of the toughest guys I've seen around", he said. Defense has been the name of the game for Houston, which has yielded just 26 points (NFL third-best), 274.5 yards allowed (third-best) and 178.5 passing yards (fourth-best).

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