Everything’s slowed down for Terrell Edmunds heading into second season

AP

Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said this offseason that the team would ideally like to have their draft picks delay “getting onto the field as long as you can” so that they can get acclimated to the NFL before being in the thick of the fray.

Circumstances don’t always allow for that, however, and safety Terrell Edmunds is a prime example of that. Edmunds was a first-round pick last year and wound up playing 1,189 snaps on defense and special teams.

That’s more than any other rookie in the league played last year and finished the year with 78 tackles, a sack and an interception. Edmunds said he felt like he got better as the year progressed. He also feels better prepared for this season after the heavy workload.

“Everything slows up in your mind,” Edmunds said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Last year you can say everything was moving faster. From the first day of OTAs last year to the first day of OTAs this year, you can just tell because everything was moving so fast, everybody was moving fast. And now that you have those snaps under your belt, that year under your belt, you’re one of those guys now, like you’re moving fast to the young guys now. The calls, the playbook, everything, you can say, is easier, you know what to expect. Now you can just go out there, get more comfortable and play your game.”

The Steelers may be veering from Colbert’s ideal path again this year. They traded up to take linebacker Devin Bush with the 10th overall pick and the rookie has a clear path to early playing time alongside Edmunds in the Pittsburgh defense.

9 responses to “Everything’s slowed down for Terrell Edmunds heading into second season

  1. 5th round talent, lucky to get a 2nd contract. Can’t cover a baby with a blanket and takes pop warner angles on tackles. Another huge miss by Colbert.

  2. Edmunds played so many snaps last year because the Steelers wanted to justify the pick. Taking a second/third round guy in the first can cost people jobs. Last year, the Steelers took the lesser of the Edmunds. This year, they took the lesser of the Devins.

  3. Still scratching my head on this one. Could have had this guy in the 2nd maybe the 3rd round.

  4. tylawspick6 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 7:41 am
    5th round talent, lucky to get a 2nd contract. Can’t cover a baby with a blanket and takes pop warner angles on tackles. Another huge miss by Colbert.
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    This is a really educated take.

  5. The first 3 comments are trolls. What does that tell you?

    It’s pretty obvious that the Steelers are in people’s heads this year. They realize that Pittsburgh is ahead of the curve when it comes to player development, and with the drama and the distractions gone, this team will easily be top 2 or 3 teams in the NFL.

    New England will be there again, and people will see how Kansas City responds to adversity this year, and it wont be good. The AFC west is SD’s to lose.

  6. Wow, so many draft experts here in the comments! Can’t believe you guys do this work pro bono, you should be on TV with Mel Kiper Jr.

    Steelers valued this guy higher because they wanted him for a hybrid safety/linebacker type role, not a pure safety which is what the draft analysis was solely based on.

  7. Steelers are famous for grabbing 3rd and 4th rounders in the 1st round. Then, to justify their blunders they throw the guy out there so he can help secure the Steelers that coveted 2nd place in the AFCN.

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