Linebacker A.J. Edds continues to prove he can be a worthwhile asset during the regular season. He’s been making the case ever since he was a non-roster invite to New York Jets‘ training camp. Since then, he’s been showing he still has what it takes to contribute to a team. Will his latest efforts be enough to warrant a roster spot?
If he keeps it up, absolutely.
Edds was once a fourth-round draft pick that got much praise for having a strong work ethic and ability to make plays on defense. One thing about him is he refuses to give up and show any decline in play, regardless of petty injuries or even in a backup role. He’ll do anything that is asked of him and is ready for whatever is thrown his way.
In their preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts, Edds showcased his talents by working hard and making plays. He came into the game to replace starting linebacker Demario Davis and didn’t miss a beat. Edds even played with a bloody busted open finger because there is no quit in his vocabulary. He ended the game on a high note with a tackle for a loss on top of a fumble recovery. Talk about making a name for himself coming off the sidelines.
Excelling as a nickel linebacker, Edds would do very well with the Jets since he is great in pass coverage. He can utilize his speed and defensive attributes to really wreak havok on opposing teams late in games. The only concern would be he might be injury-prone. Some thought that back in 2011, after he tore his ACL and was out for the season, that he might never be the same. Edds is here to prove to everyone that he will succeed and bounce back this upcoming season. If he can stay healthy, he might be a valuable pickup down the road.
Hopefully at the end of it all, the Jets keep Edds around whether as depth on the roster or even on the practice squad. It’s not often a non-roster invite cracks the final roster but if Edds continues his strong performances, especially during preseason games, it would be hard to not keep him around.
Warriors that never stop come in handy in close football games that can make or break a season. Edds embodies exactly the kind of athlete the Jets love to have on their team, especially on defense.
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