What should the Atlanta Falcons expect from Bryan Edwards?
By Nick Halden
The Atlanta Falcons made an underrated move this off-season by acquiring Bryan Edwards from the Raiders. The Falcons traded a 5th-round pick in exchange for a 7th-round-pick and Edwards. It is a clear win for a team that badly needed to find help at the receiver position this off-season. With Julio Jones gone and Calvin Ridley suspended for the year Atlanta needed to find answers.
Edwards was joined at the position by Drake London, Auden Tate, Damiere Byrd, and Geronimo Allison as notable off-season additions.
Bryan is headed into year three and is coming off of what was his best season with the Raiders. However, he will be facing far more expectations in Atlanta leaving the obvious question of what level of production can the Falcons expect from Edwards?
He will come in as the obvious fourth option in the Atlanta offense behind Kyle Pitts, Drake London, and Cordarrelle Patterson. While other surprise options could emerge these four players appear to be the targets Atlanta will count on heading into the season.
Edwards is going to become a surprisingly productive receiver for the Falcons despite heading into the season as the fourth option. Reasonable expectations for Edwards in year three is 750-receiving yards with 6-touchdowns.
Atlanta is going to give Edwards chances he didn’t have with the Raiders to impact the game more consistently. The big uptick in production both speaks to his talent and the fact he will be one of the few receivers Atlanta can count on.
He will be one of the most proven receivers on Atlanta’s roster despite the fact he has less than 1,000-career receiving yards. Atlanta has improved at the position, however, there are still more questions than answers for the Falcons at the receiver position.
Edwards will help bring stability to the position and will be remembered as one of Atlanta’s best moves of the off-season.