|ADP:||Round: 11, Pick: 2|
|Ht / Wt:||5'9" / 205 lb.|
|Born:||April 13, 1996|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 4 (134)|
Edmonds has some competition for backfield reps after the Cardinals drafted Eno Benjamin in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: A fourth-round pick in 2018, Edmonds could feel some heat for reps behind starter Kenyan Drake, who received the transition tag this offseason and is in talks with the Cardinals on a long-term contract. As evidence, Edmonds only received two touches in the five games in which both he and Drake were on the roster during the 2019 campaign. Additionally, Edmonds has averaged just 24.8 yards from scrimmage per game in 29 pro appearances, while Benjamin accrued 3,335 yards from scrimmage over his final two seasons at Arizona State.
Edmonds had 60 carries for 303 yards, 12 receptions (on 21 targets) for 105 yards and five total touchdowns in 13 games during the 2019 season.
Analysis: Edmond got a chance to act as the Cardinals' lead running back for one contest, dashing 27 times for 126 yards and three TDs against the Giants in Week 7. Otherwise, he seemingly was an afterthought in the offense, especially after a midseason hamstring injury coincided with Kenyan Drake's arrival in Arizona. Drake enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, but his dynamic performance may have endeared himself to the team's brass. In any case, the Cards will head into the new league year with just Edmonds and David Johnson as RBs under contract.
Edmonds had a nine-yard carry and didn't haul in either of his two targets during Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: Since sitting out three games and using the Cardinals' Week 12 bye to get past a hamstring injury, Edmonds has lost all sway he may have built up earlier in the season. Over the last two contests, he's logged just 11 offensive snaps -- all of them Sunday -- while Kenyan Drake (90) and David Johnson (37) handled the vast majority of RB reps. Without an injury to that duo, Edmonds is unlikely to make a regular impact out of Arizona's backfield.
Edmonds played no offensive snaps and 13 plays on special teams during Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Edmonds' role was far different than what it was prior to his three-game absence. primarily due to the presence of Kenyan Drake, who paced Cardinals running backs with 51 (of 64) plays on offense and 15 touches. Meanwhile, David Johnson picked up the scraps (15 and six, respectively), and Edmonds didn't see a single snap from scrimmage. Without an injury or downturn in play from Drake or Johnson, Edmonds doesn't hold much sway in Arizona's offense.
Edmonds (hamstring) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Rams, Mike Jurecki of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: The Cardinals listed Edmonds as a full participant in practice Friday for the second straight day, clearing the way for him to return to game action after a four-week hiatus. He'll rejoin an Arizona backfield that looks quite different from the last time he was healthy, as trade-deadline pickup Kenyan Drake has since taken over as the lead option. With Drake expected to garner the starting nod again in Week 13, Edmonds and David Johnson will vie for the primary backup duties.
Edmonds (hamstring) was a full practice participant Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Edmonds may have taken the final step in his recovery from a hamstring injury with his elevation to all activity. If he puts and end to a three-game absence Sunday against the Rams, he'll rejoin a backfield currently led by Kenyan Drake. Since Drake arrived in Arizona from Miami in Week 9, he's dominated the reps out of the backfield, seeing 57 touches to David Johnson's six while Edmonds was absent.
Edmonds (hamstring) was limited at Wednesday's walk-through, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Coming off a Week 12 bye, Edmonds and defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (foot) are the only Cardinals with injuries that are impacting their practice reps. While there's an expectation Edmonds returns from a three-game absence Sunday against the Rams, the state of the backfield is far different than his last appearance Week 8. Kenyan Drake, formerly of the Dolphins, has overtaken David Johnson for the top job, leaving nothing but scraps behind for the remaining RBs. It remains to be seen if Johnson and/or an active Edmonds can retake some of their former workloads.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that he expects Edmonds (hamstring) to play in the Cardinals' Week 13 matchup with the Rams, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: After missing the Cardinals' previous three contests, Edmunds appears at or near full health coming out of the team's Week 12 bye. He was spotted on the field Monday in the Cardinals' informal practice session, but the extent of his activity won't be known until Arizona reveals its first injury report of Week 13 on Wednesday. Assuming Kingsbury's prediction comes to pass, Edmonds will rejoin a crowded backfield that now counts Kenyan Drake as its lead option. Prior to getting hurt in Week 8, Edmonds had entered a timeshare with David Johnson, owing largely to his breakthrough 150-yard, three-touchdown outing a week before that versus the Giants. Poor health along with Drake's success have rendered Johnson an afterthought lately for the Cardinals -- he garnered zero touches and played only nine snaps in Week 11 -- but a healthy Edmonds could prove to be a more worthy challenger to Drake for the No. 1 role.
Edmonds (hamstring) was present for practice Monday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Edmonds no doubt benefited from the Cardinals' Week 12 bye and seems to be trending in the right direction as Sunday's game against the Rams approaches. That said, even if Edmonds is available this weekend, what sort of role he might have is cloudy, with Kenyan Drake and David Johnson also in the team's backfield mix.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said that Edmonds (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Edmonds' absence for a third consecutive game paves the way for the tandem of Kenyan Drake and David Johnson to lead the backfield in Week 11. Per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com, Kingsbury declined to name a starter among the two healthy backs, instead noting that he would take a "committee" approach with Drake and Johnson, who are both expected to have packages. The Cardinals' muddled backfield will become even cloudier if Edmonds is ready to play again coming out of Arizona's Week 12 bye.
Edmonds (hamstring) didn't practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Yet again, Edmonds was listed as a DNP on the team's injury report, but in the part of Thursday's session open to the media, Edmonds was spotted working on the side, per Urban. Until he takes part in practice, Edmonds won't be a candidate to return to action, leaving him in danger of missing his third consecutive game Sunday in San Francisco. In that reality, Kenyan Drake and David Johnson will share backfield duties.
Edmonds (hamstring) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Edmonds has made negligible progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury, missing every practice and two games since picking up the issue Week 8. With Kenyan Drake and David Johnson in their backfield, the Cardinals don't need to rush Edmonds through his rehab. Plus, the team has a bye after Sunday's game at Arizona, so it wouldn't surprise if Edmonds misses a third consecutive contest this weekend.
Edmonds is the only healthy running back on the Cardinals' roster, with David Johnson (ankle) listed as questionable and D.J. Foster (hamstring) ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Johnson is considered a game-time decision, with coach Kliff Kingsbury sounding less than optimistic when he spoke to the media Friday afternoon. If Johnson lands on the inactive list before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff, Edmonds likely will handle a three-down role in a fast-paced offense that seemed to hit its stride the past couple weeks. The Cardinals would need to sign another running back in that scenario, potentially calling up Justin Davis from the practice squad. Meanwhile, the Giants have given up the 10th-most fantasy points to running backs, including 33 catches for 347 yards on 36 targets (9.6 YPT).
Edmonds carried the ball five times for 34 yards and caught both his targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-33 win over the Falcons.
Analysis: Touches were limited for the Cardinals' No. 2 RB with David Johnson handling his usual workload despite the sore back he was dealing with during the week, but Edmonds once again made the most of his opportunities and found the end zone for the second straight week. The second-year player is proving to be a big-play option for Kyler Murray, but unless Johnson is forced to miss time, Edmonds' fantasy ceiling will be capped.
Edmonds is expected to remain the Cardinals' No. 2 running back with David Johnson (back) active for Sunday's game versus the Falcons.
Analysis: Edmonds totaled just eight touches through the first three weeks of the season, but injuries to the receiving corps and David Johnson's bad back allowed the second-year pro to notch 17 the last two games. There's a chance Johnson yields more work to Edmonds than normal Sunday, which could yield fruit as he's averaged 6.7 yards per carry and hauled in six of nine targets in 2019.
Edmonds is preparing for the possibility of an expanded workload in Sunday's game against Atlanta, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: David Johnson (back) expects to play after he returned to practice Friday as a limited participant, but coach Kliff Kingsbury is treating it as a game-time decision, and it's possible the running back will have his workload reduced if he's active for the game. Edmonds has done well with limited touches this season, averaging 6.7 yards on 19 carries and 7.2 yards on six receptions. His 37-yard touchdown run last week in Cincinnati helped the Cardinals secure their first win under Kingsbury.
Edmonds carried the ball eight times for 68 yards and a touchdown while catching three of four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 26-23 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Arizona's No. 2 RB came into the game with only 14 touches through the first four games, but he was a much bigger part of the game plan with Christian Kirk (ankle) and Damiere Byrd (hamstring) both sidelined, and Edmonds capitalized with a 37-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Despite the explosive performance, he remains firmly behind David Johnson on the depth chart and could see his touches evaporate once the wide receiving corps gets healthier.
Edmonds accounted for 37 rushing yards on six attempts during Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: The second-year back benefited from his greatest workload of the season in this one, as he had garnered a total of five carries on 42 offensive snaps coming into Week 4. Edmonds has been much improved in a limited sample size compared to his rookie campaign of 2018, averaging 5.4 yards per carry thus far this season after logging 3.5 yards per attempt last year. Week 5 presents an encouraging matchup as Edmonds and the Cardinals backfield prepare to face a Bengals defense that has allowed nearly 128 rushing yards per game through its first three outings of the new campaign.
Edmonds totaled three carries for 15 yards and gathered in one of two passes for 10 yards during Sunday's 38-20 defeat to the Panthers.
Analysis: Edmonds' four touches and 25 yards from scrimmage were both season-high marks, but they paled in comparison to David Johnson's 17 and 65, respectively. Their individual shares of the offensive snaps also reinforce the running back pecking order in Arizona: 65 of 75 for Johnson versus just nine for Edmonds. There doesn't seem to be much impetus to get Edmonds more involved, despite the left wrist issue that affected Johnson in Week 2.
Edmonds notched one carry for two yards and reeled in both targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 23-17 loss in Baltimore.
Analysis: Edmonds' usage increased significantly from the season opener to this contest, primarily due to a left wrist injury suffered by David Johnson. Johnson missed one series entirely in the first half and shared reps with Edmonds upon his return, resulting in the latter boosting his offensive snap share from 11 percent Week 1 to 40 percent Sunday. Edmonds has yet to show much in 18 games as a pro, but a larger workload could be on the horizon if Johnson's wrist issue lingers.
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