Tremaine Edmunds sees “a lot more room to grow” after three seasons

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Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds was selected in the first round of the 2018 draft with the hope that he’d be a productive playmaker in the middle of the defense and there have been some good returns on that front.

Edmunds was voted into the Pro Bowl for his work in the 2020 season after being added as a replacement in 2019 and he’s posed 355 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles while starting 46 games in his first three seasons. Edmunds added 37 tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery in the postseason.

Many would give that performance a high grade, but Edmunds said on NFL Network Wednesday that he’d give himself a harsher mark.

“I’m a tough grader,” Edmunds said. “I feel like I still got a lot more room to grow, to be honest with you. I’ve done some really good things, but at the same time I know what I can do, I know my talents. I know just pretty much how far I can take this linebacker position, as far as where I want to see myself the next couple years. As far as letter grade, like I said, I’m tough, so I’d say probably about a B-minus. That’s give or take. Just because I know what I could do and I know where I could be at.”

The Bills have their first chance to sign Edmunds to a long-term deal this offseason, although their first priority may be to lock up fellow 2018 first-rounder Josh Allen. Edmunds’ 2020 Pro Bowl selection means it will cost $12.716 million to pick up his fifth-year option for the 2022 season and it will cost even more to lock him up for years if Edmunds lifts his grade in 2021.

7 responses to “Tremaine Edmunds sees “a lot more room to grow” after three seasons

  1. You can hear the McDermott influence in Edmonds comments. Edmonds has the physical tools to be the premier linebacker in the NFL. Hopefully he has the fire in the belly to accomplish that status.

  2. So does every Bills fan who has watched him at the linebacker position the past 3 years.

    Rewatch the AFCCG game and just stare at Edmunds on all the defensive snaps. He is in the middle of nowhere doing nothing and getting blown around like a kite by Mahomes eyes.

    Blows me away how he got selected to the Probowl and Poyer not.

  3. People forget that Edmunds is only 22 years old. He now has 3 years of NFL experience at an age when most players would be graduating from college. He is correct in his assessment and still has room to improve. Keep working and learning and he can develope into an outstanding player.

  4. I’m sure he’s pretty good and all, but when I saw him dodge tackling Cam Newton it painted a different picture of him to me.

  5. I have watched all his snaps in Buffalo. He is not the answer. He has zero fire in his belly. His pass coverage is so weak, he may be on the bench in pop warner ball. Very overrated. He will not get a second contract from the Bills. He needs to get in the gym and shed that baby fat. If he get’s 50% stronger then maybe he can be an edge rusher….maybe

  6. He is caught out of position more often than not, he needs to be in the film room a lot more than he has. He was dinged up last season so hopefully a healthy and well studied version will be on the roster this year. He has the all of the physical talent you could ask for and should be a total disruptor at LB

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