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Ahead of training camp, 98.7 Arizona Sports' Jake Anderson caught up with Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds. The fourth-year pro's "main focus" this offseason was putting on a few pounds, as he's presumably the lead back. The RB added that his secondary focus was improving his receiving abilities. Edmonds is not concerned about how many carries he gets, but rather how many touches, saying, "I think with me, getting me in the open field and finding a way to just specialize with my mismatch with linebackers is really how I feel I’m the best type of football player at that point. … Coach Kliff is obviously going to specialize in that."
Edmonds noted there are formations that include him and James Conner on the field at the same time. But Edmonds knows the flow and situation of the game will determine the duo's usage, saying, "For my football mind, probably four-minute type of deal, you’ll probably see James in there more often than not. Again, football is a team sport. Everybody has to find their role, their unique role, specialize at it and really just achieve it to the best of their ability and that’s kind of what makes a really good football team.” Preseason usage ultimately will give fantasy gamers a gauge on the duo's roles heading into Week 1.
Josh Weinfuss of ESPN reports that Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds has added muscle to get up to 205 lbs. He also trimmed down and likes where is he at.
Edmonds is preparing to get more involved in the Cardinals offense. Kenyan Drake signed with the Raiders this offseason, which will make Edmonds expand his role in the offense. He needed to bulk up in order to handle a larger workload and likes where he is at. The Cardinals also signed James Conner who could handle the early down work. Edmonds is a solid pick in fantasy drafts in what will be a high-powered offense.
Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds says he's "ready to run through a damn wall" as the team's starter.
"It's now or never," Edmonds said this week. "I've finally got my opportunity really and truly in front of me to have a pretty big role in this offense. It's something I've been dying for, praying for, since my first three years in the NFL. It seemed like it would never happen, but I've finally got this opportunity, and I've got to make the most of it." Edmonds' opportunity is a big one as the only moves the Cardinals made to address their backfield this offseason were letting Kenyan Drake walk and signing James Conner. Edmonds is expected to be used in more fantasy-friendly situations while Conner wears down stacked boxes between the tackles. Especially in PPR leagues, Edmonds carries some exciting upside entering 2021.
Kyle Odegard is reporting that Cardinals General Manager Steve Kleim is still monitoring the running back situation in Arizona, but that Chase Edmonds is "an excellent player."
With Kenyan Drake moving to Las Vegas, Edmonds appears in a position to end up with the Cardinals' lead running back job. There are still other free agent running backs out there and the NFL draft is less than a month away. While things can certainly change, Edmonds has done well in starting opportunities in the past. He's only had four career starts but has flashed his potential and makes for a decent dynasty stash.
Myles Simmons with Pro Football Talk is reporting that Cardinal's head coach Kliff Kingsbury has said that he is confident that Chase Edmonds can be the team's lead back.
With Kenyan Drake set to become a free agent, there is a lot of uncertainty in the Arizona backfield. While rumors regarding Chris Carson and Aaron Jones have both been tied to the Cardinals, Kingsbury's endorsement toward Edmonds is great to see for those rostering him in dynasty leagues. Still, coachspeak and what the team actually does rarely align so be sure to keep an eye on the Cardinals' offseason transactions before declaring Edmonds the Week 1 starter.
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