Other Edmunds Ready for Chance

Steelers RB excited for his first game with Pittsburgh

Jeff Hathhorn
December 05, 2018 - 11:38 am

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Last week we saw the Watt and Pouncey brothers play against each other as the Steelers hosted Los Angeles.  This week, likely the Edmunds brothers will play on the same team.

First round pick Terrell Edmunds’ brother, Trey, has been on the Steelers practice squad since September 5th and was promoted to the 53-man roster Tuesday after James Conner suffered an ankle injury.

“It just feels good to get rewarded,” Edmunds said.  “I’m pretty much willing to do whatever the coaches wants me to do.  It’s definitely a blessing.”

What that role is will be determined over the next couple of days as veteran Stevan Ridley and fifth round pick Jaylen Samuels are in front of him on the depth chart.

Edmunds says he doesn’t try to run like anyone, just himself.  As it’s been said, he runs bigger than his listed 6’2”, 223 pound frame.  The 23-year-old rushed for 48 yards on nine carries with a touchdown during his rookie year with the Saints.

“I believe I have a little mix of power and speed, so I try to counteract off each other using both of those,” Edmunds said.  “I guess it depends on the situation I’m in and where the defender is.”

Edmunds has also been studying what those in front of him do and has appreciation for what Conner brings.

“James runs the ball so hard, you just look at his game tape each and every week and you see the passion he has for the game,” Edmunds said.  “We played him in college and he always ran like that, so being able to see it first hand, it’s something.”

Edmunds believes he has a good grasp of the Steelers offense after spending most of his practice time on the scout team.

“Being able to learn from those guys and Coach Saxon and all of the other coaches, I’m pretty much put in a good situation.”

“I’ve seen a good skill set,” head coach Mike Tomlin said of Edmunds.  “I’ve seen a willing participant.  I’ve seen a guy with a skill set geared towards special teams.  Forget what he’s able to provide us as a runner, this is a guy that will be in uniform that has a resume that’s centered around some special teams contributions.  He’ll get an opportunity there first and foremost, but I haven’t been displeased with what I’ve seen from him as a runner.”

Tomlin said Edmunds distinguished himself on special teams with New Orleans last season, playing in all 16 games with six tackles.  Edmunds says he can play on all of the coverage and return units and has good assets to bring.

“From the moment I got here, I approach each day trying to go out and work and learn more,” Edmunds said.  “Coach Danny (Smith, special teams coach) is miraculous.  You don’t find too many guys like him.  You can learn a lot from him and I feel I have learned a lot from him.”

Edmunds said he was glad to get another opportunity with anyone after being released by the Saints after training camp, but that he got to join his brother is special.

They last played together at Virginia Tech before Trey transferred to Maryland for his final season.  They were stars at Dan River High School in Virginia with Terrell at quarterback and Trey as the lead running back, amassing 2,596 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior and named a Parade All-American.

Trey said they have plans on making an impact together.

“Winning, first and foremost,” Edmunds said of the brothers’ goal with the Steelers.   “We definitely want to make a run in the playoffs.  But just being able to have the opportunity to play with my brother is special.  We don’t take it for granted.  Not one day at all.”