3. Tremaine Edmunds working on being the best he can be
Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is entering the final year of his rookie contract, but the LB isn’t focusing on when that next contract will come around. He’s concentrating on what he can do to up his game in 2022.
“I got the same mindset every year, and that’s just to be the best player I could be,” Edmunds said. “I put in good work this offseason, trusting what I’ve done, trusting the work that’s been put in and just relying on my brothers out here. Every day I come out, I don’t even think about that stuff because I’ m having fun.”
Edmunds is tasked with a lot as the mike linebacker in a defense that plays heavily in nickel. Many of his teammates appreciate his ability to cover a large part of the field. What Edmunds is working to next is doing a better job of taking the ball away.
“He’s talked about obviously catching the football and making plays that way,” Safety Micah Hyde said. “But working on the jugs and stuff with him, even these last couple days in training camp you can tell he’s been doing that. And not just him, (Matt) Milano too. We do the jugs a lot during the season, and they ‘ve kind of picked up on what we’ve been able to do. So, I know those plays will come. You can’t force them, you can’t get out of position to try to make those plays, you just stay within the defence.”
Through four years of play, head coach Sean McDermott has loved what Edmunds has given the team, and he’s looking forward to more of that in year five.
“Tremaine’s done a phenomenal job,” McDermott said. “He’s done everything we’ve ever asked since day one, and he’s a consummate pro. I think he’s off to a great start. He’s always been in shape, and I love his command of our defense.”
Edmunds has been viewed as a leader of the defense for the last few seasons, but this year McDermott is seeing a sense of comfort in the linebacker’s leadership.
“I think that’s just the natural evolution of his growth,” McDermott added. “Part of it is on the field, part of it is off the field, and I think he’s becoming more and more comfortable. The other day the offense was doing some things and he was right on it in communicating that to the defense and that’s something I hadn’t seen at this point, and I was very impressed by that.”