RB - ARI
Drake left, Edmonds drew featured back endorsements from Kingsbury... and then James Conner joined. Conner has a nose for the end zone, can catch, and could play a ~200ish touch role. A big name rookie would've been more damning, but this isn't great, either, and I can't see Edmonds being more than a mediocre-at-best flex except for the games Conner is hurt.
I said I'd be excited for him until the Cardinals sign someone like James Conner. Well, the Cardinals signed James Conner. Down slightly.
Edmonds is currently the lead back in Arizona, but that could change after the NFL Draft. Edmonds is a RB3 that will probably be in some sort of a timeshare this year.
24yo - He might only be a 100+ carry guy but 53 receptions and big play making ability. Look for the Cardinals to address RB.
in his past 7 years of playing football, the only time Edmonds has been the most efficient rusher on his team over the course of a season was his junior year at Fordham in 2016. this also means that in 3 of his 4 college seasons, at noted powerhouse Fordham, the other RB's averaged more yards per carry than Edmonds. As a senior, he averaged 4.2 ypc while the two backs below him on the depth chart averaged a collective 5.9. In 2019 he was slogging along at worse per carry rates than the sallow husk of David Johnson. @noahmoreparties
While Kenyan Drake is a free agent in 2021, it appears most likely he, or an equivalent lead back, stands in the way of Chase Edmonds in the near future. The Cardinals simply don't seem to believe Edmonds can carry the load so he'll likely remain in a committee and that makes him one of the league's better handcuffs but no starter. That may change in the future but he's not one I'd be chasing.
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