Buccaneers: Mike Edwards looking like ballhawk he was meant to be

Mike Edwards, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mike Edwards, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Mike Edwards has had a phenomenal training camp thus far for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, picking off pass after pass. He’s been showing the potential to take a big leap for the Buccaneers in 2021.

Edwards was one of the unsung heroes for the Buccaneers during their Super Bowl championship run in 2020, performing with great aplomb when called upon when the team needed him most.

When Antoine Winfield Jr. tweaked his ankle leading up to the NFC Championship Game, forcing him to miss the contest, Edwards stepped in and performed amicably against Aaron Rodgers and company.

The week before in the divisional round against the New Orleans Saints, Edwards picked off Drew Brees in the fourth quarter, sealing the game for the Bucs in what would become the final pass of Brees’ career. That’s certainly something Edwards can hang his hat on.

The last time we saw him on the field was in Super Bowl LV, where he was in on four tackles and deflected a Patrick Mahomes-pass. If the early stages of training camp are to be believed, Edwards is primed to only get better.

Thus far in camp, Edwards has been looking like a true ballhawk safety, intercepting seemingly every pass thrown his way. This included an incredible circus catch, which was just another example of his great Bose for the ball. With the first day in pads in the books, that nose kept sniffing.

2021 is sure to be a very telling year for the safety. Should his play continue on the upward trajectory it’s currently on, he can see his role progressively increase going forward, possibly even into a starting role. This is especially interesting with Jordan Whitehead playing on a contract year. That aside though, Mike Edwards is a name fans of the Buccaneers should not forget.

Next. More on why Edwards may see his role expanded. dark