Edwards did just that, earning a spot on the practice squad. Injuries kept him from working his way off that squad last year, but things look to be different this season.
This year Edwards has been impressive in OTAs and has his sights set on the No. 2 receiver spot on the Lions. The top spot, of course, goes to All-Pro Calvin Johnson, but Edwards is looking to be the Robin to Johnson’s Batman this year.
A smaller receiver, Edwards is perfectly suited for a role as slot receiver — a role that has become invaluable for NFL teams today.
Slot receivers are the engine that makes those offenses go. We used to call them possession receivers, mostly as a nice way of saying they weren’t playmakers like their bigger and taller counterparts that made their livings on the edges of the field.
But today slot receiver is a coveted position, and Edwards is looking to be that guy for the Lions this year.
He will need to follow up the buzz around him this spring with a strong showing in preseason to be that guy, but the door is wide open for him.
The Lions have been looking for depth at receiver for years now. Many guys have failed to live up to expectations. Edwards is looking to exceed the expectations put on him when he came into the league last year.