Julian Edelman contributed in both the running and passing game Thursday night against the Texans. (WEEI.com)
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.”