Trey Edmunds was a Running Back at Maryland and came into the league before either of his brothers, Tremaine and Terrell, came into the NFL. Edmunds went undrafted and earned his spot on the Saints after the preseason, but was relegated to the practice squad. After he was released in the offseason, he had no home until the Steelers came calling and added him to their practice squad.
I never really watched Edmunds myself at Maryland, but I checked out his Saints tape, and I gotta tell you, I think he has a shot to be a better addition than most think. He may not shatter the earth, but he is faster than Stevan Ridley and Jaylen Samuels as he ran as low as a 4.40 40 time, which gives the Steelers a speed element to their game they simply did not have before the addition of him to the 53-man roster.
What I found was maybe Edmunds wasn’t as fast as his 40 time suggested, but that he certainly was a one-cut back who had solid vision and honestly, runs pretty similarly to James Conner in some ways. Edmunds functions best on “duo” and “stretch” plays. For example, duo looks like this:
This is essentially a play the Steelers could run. As we know, they love to use the bunch set, and so here it is. Imagine the “H” as Vance McDonald the, the Y as Xavier Grimble, and the Z as JuJu Smith-Schuster with the Antonio Brown lined up at the X. Duo refers to the read the RB makes on the LB. Duo is a weird concept, because it is sometimes called “power without a puller” or a type of inside zone, but it is really something in between that, and Edmunds thrives on it.
Essentially, there are two double teams, on in the B gap, and another on the A gap. In this case, Edmunds would press that first double to where Pouncey and Foster are heading and read the “Mike” LB (the very middle one) and read what he does. Should he play over top of the and outside, Edmunds would cut it back towards Foster and Feiler. And then if the LB comes hard down on the LOS, Edmunds would cut it out towards the bunch set and theoretically, either run it up behind JuJu and McDonald, or bounce it completely outside of them.
Duo is flexible play and the Steelers have had success running it with James Conner this year. If they want to get yards this week, duo is likely coming in some form, especially with Ridley and Edmunds. So, that is one look where Trey Edmunds can get a run out of, because not only is he quick and fast, but he has good vision.
However, I like the screen game a lot for Edmunds, too. Reason being is that the guy just cannot go down, take a look at this.
#Steelers new RB Trey Edmunds, who might see snaps on Sunday, has one trait that sticks out — contact balance. The guy literally does not go down. Look at this, run into two guys and bounces off of them. Impressive stuff. Won’t light the world on fire but a few reps ain’t bad. pic.twitter.com/2vEozvG5x0— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) December 4, 2018
Good blocking, sure, but he just runs right over two guys and nearly breaks it loose if he could just stay up a bit more. Out of everything Edmunds has, contact balance would be the best thing he possesses. I am not sure if Edmunds will stick, but he sure does have the potential to do so. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him get some snaps, and he might just deserve them.
But don’t just label him as just Terrell’s brother, Trey has his own thing, and it could be huge down the stretch.