Jul 27, 2018; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (49) on the field during training camp at St. John Fisher College. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
In addition to our Training Camp Takeaway series that kicked off last week, we at PFF are also hot on the trails of some intriguing rookies to keep your eyes on as we progress through the preseason. Some rookies are wowing during their first training camp and may be pushing hard for some well-deserved, extra snaps during preseason games.
With our wealth of knowledge both at the NFL and FBS level, here are some under-the-radar rookies that have been turning heads and that you may get to see a lot of this preseason, and what they did in college a year ago:
Although Edmunds was a first-round pick, he has flown somewhat under-the-radar as most of the talk of camp has been focused around fellow first-round pick Josh Allen and the quarterback competition. The Bills allowed former linebacker Preston Brown to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals in free agency leaving a major hole in the middle of the defense. The opportunity is there for the rookie to be an instant contributor to the defense this season. Edmunds is a physical monster at the linebacker position with an athletic profile unmatched by any other linebacker that came out of the draft, and at just 19 years old he has plenty of room to grow. His production was outstanding at Virginia Tech with 128 defensive stops over the past three seasons. Edmunds was also a significant factor on the blitz in 2017, notching six sacks and 17 pressures. This is an added bonus for the Bills who produced a 39.5-percent pressure rate on blitzes last season, fourth-lowest mark in the NFL.