Safety: Mike Edwards
The Buccaneers’ version of the Honey Badger is out to play tonight as Mike Edwards will get the starting reps at safety with Jordan Whitehead. Taken in the third round of this past year’s draft, it became evident fairly quickly that Edwards was hand picked by Bowles and his defense.
Edwards has been playing with his hair on fire this camp, and has even tallied a pick-six this summer. With third year safety Justin Evans still sidelined with foot injury that ended his 2018 season, Edwards will not only play as the nickel safety, but also looks to have a starting spot locked down.
Do not expect Bowles to use Edwards sparingly throughout the regular season, so it will be interesting to see how much he reveals tonight in week one of the preseason. For a secondary that struggled mightily a year ago, adding Edwards with Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean has given the Buccaneers a boost.
The young secondary of the Buccaneers is one that is highly anticipated with three new draft picks and the redemption tour of Hargreaves and Davis. However, Edwards will have the freedom to make plays all over the field for the pewter and red, so keep a close eye on the Kentucky product.