The Las Vegas Raiders haven’t any scarcity of offensive weapons to jot down dwelling about following their offseason acquisition of All-Professional extensive receiver Davante Adams, however the workforce’s star tight finish, Darren Waller, remains to be singing the praises of a cross catcher who lately departed Sin Metropolis.
Bryan Edwards can be taking the sector for the Atlanta Falcons in 2022 due to a mid-Might commerce between the 2 golf equipment, and Waller believes his former teammate has all of the instruments at his disposal to excel.
“I actually like Bryan quite a bit simply as a human being and as a soccer participant,” Waller mentioned in an interview with Austin Boyd of Heavy.com. “(His) contested catch capacity is elite, and I really feel like he can solely proceed to develop as a participant as he will get an increasing number of alternatives — you see it within the video games the place he acquired alternatives.”
Edwards by no means shined as brightly in his possibilities because the Raiders probably foresaw when the workforce chosen him within the third spherical of the 2019 draft. Nonetheless, the South Carolina product flashed sufficient potential to generate curiosity from the wideout-starved Falcons, whose main returning extensive receiver from final season, Olamide Zaccheaus, tallied 31 receptions.
Edwards possesses a field-stretching capacity that the Falcons extensive receivers room sorely lacked throughout quarterback Matt Ryan’s ultimate 12 months with the workforce. Marcus Mariota would be the new man beneath heart, and he’ll profit from Edwards’ profession mark of 17 yards per reception — a whopping 3.9 yards per catch greater than Atlanta’s finest extensive receiver in that class final 12 months.
“A change of surroundings — it may be among the best issues that may ever occur to you,” Waller mentioned. “It isn’t essentially about what occurs alongside the journey, it is extra so about your response to what occurs. And I really feel like he is someone that’s mentally and bodily able to responding in an enormous manner, and I am excited to comply with his profession and see the way it unfolds as a result of I feel nice issues are in retailer for him.”
At this level in his NFL journey, Edwards is flying beneath the radar in comparison with the No. 8 general choose in April’s draft, WR Drake London, and second-year TE Kyle Pitts. These two cornerstone items rightfully stand out as the first beacon for Falcons followers looking for hope within the gloom of the post-Ryan period.
Nonetheless, if he responds to his private change of surroundings in the way in which his former teammate is aware of is feasible, Edwards may very effectively carve out a job and attain his ceiling throughout his profession’s second act.