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Tom Brady trusts WR Julian Edelman as Patriots’ backup quarterback

Tom Brady says he’s confident in wide receiver Julian Edelman, in the event he has to sub in at quarterback.

On his weekly appearance with Westwood One radio, Tom Brady said he is confident in Julian Edelman’s quarterback abilities, with the Patriots’ top wideout currently conscripted into duty as the team’s backup.

Brady is serving a four-game suspension, and the Patriots lost backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to injury during Sunday’s game, thrusting third-string rookie Jacoby Brissett into the spotlight. Edelman, who was a three-year starter at quarterback at Kent State, is the team’s emergency passer.

Brady expressed trust in Brissett, but also discussed the contingency option should the Patriots’ worst-case scenario come to fruition.

“Jacoby’s done a great job taking advantage of his opportunity,” Brady said. “He went in there [Thursday] and showed a lot of poise...I know our coaching staff will have him prepared and ready to go if he’s called upon.

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“If that’s the case I’d expect Julian to go in there and the coaches to be comfortable with the plays they’re calling for him,” Brady added. “He still talks about that touchdown pass he threw against Baltimore a few years ago.”

The Patriots are 2–0 entering their Week 3 game against the Texans.