Moving things along to part 29 of our 90-part series — assuming the roster does not change before we are complete — which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.
Let’s dive into starting strong safety:
Height: 6’ 1”
Weight: 217 lbs
College: Virginia Tech
Draft: 1st round pick, 28th overall in 2018
16 Games Played
2 Tackles for loss
3 Passes defended
Expires in 2021 (2022 5th year option)
$2,917,579 salary cap number (1.45% of total cap)
$3,673,579 dead money
-$756,000 cap savings if cut (That’s right, it’s a negative)
Likelihood of making the roster
Lock. Edmunds is viewed highly within the organization, and is only mid way through his rookie deal. The young safety isn’t going anywhere and will again pair alongside Minkah Fitzpatrick in the defensive backfield.
Edmunds also doesn't have any competition on the roster. Saftey’s Jordan Dangerfield is a career special teamer, and rookie Antoine Brooks Jr. is far behind the 8-ball without getting any OTA’s due to the covid-19 pandemic. Former fifth-round pick Marcus Allen was only active one game in 2019 and doesn’t look to be someone who will compete to start.
The Steelers defense is stacked heading into 2020. Some might look at Edmunds as the weak link on the roster, and you may be right, however Edmunds does do a lot of things right and has breakout potential in 2020.
The defensive front seven will dial up some unbelievable pressure and the rest of the secondary can clamp down its matchups, meaning Edmunds won't have to absolutely blanket receivers to be successful. I think realistic expectations would see Edmunds having his first multi turnover season of his career. Edmunds might just surprise a few of us.
3 Tackles for loss
3 Passes defended
1 Forced Fumble
2020 appears to be a big season for the Virginia Tech alum. The Steelers will have to determine his 5th year option the following offseason, and if Edmunds were to fail then the organization may even start looking at other players for its strong safety position.
Edmunds has all the tools to have a successful 2020 season, and if he can play the best season of his young career he could push this defense into legendary status. If he can't grab the brass ring however he could very well be near the end of his Pittsburgh tenure.
Antoine Brooks Jr.