By ROBERT LEE
Journal Sports Writer
FOXBORO -- As far as Andrew Walter is concerned, at least right now, there is no competition for the Patriots' coveted backup quarterback spot behind Tom Brady.
Kevin O'Connell has that job right now because he knows the system a lot better than Walter does.
"I'm pretty much the one asking questions," Walter said. "He's been around here so he knows the system. For me, whenever I get a chance to go in there, it's to learn something and get a completion and basically put the team in a position to succeed.
That's my job right now. It's really not a matter of competing against Kevin or Brian [Hoyer] or anyone else."
There is no question that Walter wants to win the job as Brady's backup, but with only a week in New England's system, he knows he has a long way to go.
"At this point I feel like it's time to keep learning," Walter said. "There's just a lot of learning left to do."
Walter was drafted in the third round, 69th overall, by the Oakland Raiders in 2005. He spent his rookie season as the Raiders third-string quarterback, but he played in 12 of Oakland's games during his sophomore campaign, starting eight of them.
However, Walter has played in just three regular season games since the 2006-07 season.
He said that the terminology of the Patriots playbook has been a bit demanding.
"It's a process," Walter said. "There is no question about it. It's a process and there's still tons of work on my end that I need to do like get caught up on a lot of things."
He hopes to be successful in New England's first preseason game Thursday night against Philadelphia.
"I just take any game as it's important, whether it's preseason or whatever," Walter said. "It's your resume that is out there in front of everybody to see. It's what you put on tape. The goal is win a football game as a team and then personally to play well and to be on top of it mentally. It's going to be a challenge, obviously, because I don't know if I've even been here a week yet but I can't say anything other than [you're playing] for your resume and you want it to look good."