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Can Chase Edmonds Emerge in a Crowded Miami Backfield?

By Kevin English 7:05am EDT 5/17/22


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Chase Edmonds, RB, Dolphins

What You Need to Know:

- Last year, Edmonds set or tied career-highs in attempts (116), yards (592) and YPC (5.1).

- He picked up shoulder, ankle, toe, back and rib injuries. He missed 5 games, most with a high-ankle sprain.

- Edmonds (5’9, 205) played a full slate of games in 2 of his first 3 seasons.

- Paired with James Conner, Edmonds hit 15+ carries in just 3 games. Edmonds saw 4+ targets in 9 games.

- He was subpar as a rusher, ranking 39th in Pro Football Focus Elusive Rating (50 qualifiers).

- Chunk gains were his speciality, though: Edmonds ranked 4th in rate of 10+ yard rushes (16%, min. 100 rushes)

- Edmonds ranked mid-pack in PFF receiving grade and yards per route run.

- He played out his rookie contract in ’21 and signed with Miami in free agency. He was given a sizable $6.1 million guaranteed on a 2-year deal. The GTD figure ranks 20th among RBs.

- Raheem Mostert signed a 1-year deal ($1 million guaranteed), reuniting him with new HC (and former 49ers OC) Mike McDaniel.

- Edmonds pointed to McDaniel as a key reason for signing in Miami, calling the young HC a “guru” and a “creative guy.”

- Sony Michel signed in May to supply further depth (1-year, $1.75 million).

- Miami’s offense has explosive potential following the arrival of Tyreek Hill. The O-line improved, too, with the acquisitions of LT Terron Armstead and OG Connor Williams.

- At a minimum, Edmonds projects as the lead pass catcher out of the backfield. He’s hit 43+ catches in 2 straight years.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Edmonds will look to bounce back from an injury-filled 2021. He missed a career-high 5 games with a variety of ailments.

Back healthy, Edmonds’ most bankable role with the Fins figures to be as a pass catcher. He’s simply a better receiving talent than Raheem Mostert and Sony Michel.

That duo brings legit early-down competition, but each comes with flaws. Mostert’s missed 24 games over the past 2 seasons. Michel lingered on the free agent market until after the draft.

So there’s upside to Edmonds’ projected role. For now, though, we’re penciling him in for ~12 touches per game. That makes him an intriguing RB3/FLEX.


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