How can Mike Edwards up his reps with the Buccaneers?
Safety Mike Edwards just put together one of the most impressive individual seasons in NFL history. His usage was extremely low, but Edwards was able to show up when it mattered most in big games, and the stat sheet also shows a player that deserves to see the field much more.
With two interceptions and five passes defended on 17.75% of total defensive snaps, Edwards was on pace for an unreal end-of-season stat line for a team that won the Super Bowl.
Ten interceptions and 25 passes defended is probably a bit too much to expect for a player over an entire season, especially when considering how hard it is to play every snap on defense over a season, but Edwards has done enough to warrant extra consideration from the staff on playing time going into 2021.
While Edwards is excellent and deserving of his increased attention, the Bucs have great starters in Jordan Whitehead and Antoine Winfield Jr. Together, this trio is rapidly improving along the rest of the Buccaneer secondary, but Edwards and Winfield are still the clear starters going forward.
There aren’t many changes that will come to such an accomplished roster during camp, but Edwards is one of the few players that can play so well at camp that he forces the coaching staff’s hand.
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