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Edmonds turned eight carries into 46 yards and five receptions (on five targets) for 29 yards during Sunday's 34-33 victory versus the Vikings.
Analysis: In Week 1 at Tennessee, Edmonds (12 carries, four catches) and James Conner (16 rushes) earned the same number of touches, but the former doubled up the latter, 106-53, in total yards. One week later, Edmonds out-touched Conner, 13-8, and had 49 more yards from scrimmage (75 versus 26). If the preceding has revealed anything, Edmonds has a better chance than Conner to be utilized on a weekly basis and has been far more efficient with those looks. In any case, it's clear Edmonds is in a split backfield, which likely will inhibit his output certain weeks.
Sep 19, 2021 5:47 PM EST
Edmonds ran for 63 yards on 12 carries at Tennessee on Sunday while catching four receptions for 43 yards on four targets.
Analysis: The Cardinals theorized a balanced backfield split between Edmonds and James Conner, with Edmonds the starter and in-space back and Conner an off-the-bench bruiser, and that theory worked out perfectly against the Titans on Sunday. Edmonds was efficient both as a runner and pass catcher, and there were still 16 carries left for Conner to run out the clock late. The difference is that Conner didn't draw a single target, so the former Pittsburgh runner might disappear from the box score in games where the Cardinals need to throw more often. Edmonds, by contrast, should remain the lead Arizona running back regardless of the game scenario. His Week 2 matchup with Eric Kendricks and the Vikings might not be ideal, but Edmonds is an unconditional part of the Arizona offense and the Cardinals offense sure looked good Sunday.
Sep 12, 2021 2:18 PM EST
Edmonds enters the 2021 season as the No. 1 running back on the Cardinals' depth chart.
Analysis: In the one preseason game in which Edmonds and offseason acquisition James Conner played together in August, Edmonds earned seven snaps on offense to the latter's six. Neither was targeted, while Edmonds had one three-yard carry to Conner's two rushes for one yard. Not much was learned about the potential breakdown of backfield reps between the two for the regular season, but coach Kliff Kingsbury has since told Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site, "We see it as 1A and 1B, either one can come in and start games for us and get the lion's share of the touches." That's not exactly great news to hear from a fantasy perspective, but Edmonds' experience under Kingsbury and Conner's voluminous medical chart may allow the former to be the main RB more weeks than not in Arizona.
Sep 10, 2021 4:00 PM EST
Edmonds gained 10 yards on three carries and caught his only target for an additional 10 yards in Friday's preseason win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: The 25-year-old was only on the field for Arizona's first two drives of the night, but he flashed his three-down skill set before exiting. Interestingly, he got replaced in the red zone by Jonathan Ward (ankle) on the Cards' second drive (and first scoring drive), but that isn't necessarily a hint at Edmonds' usage during the regular season. He's expected to form a backfield tandem with James Conner (COVID-19/toe) come Week 1, but Conner's inability to stay healthy during his career could lead to Edmonds seeing a big workload at times.
Aug 14, 2021 6:41 AM EST
Edmonds has been joined in the Cardinals backfield by James Conner, whom the organization signed Tuesday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: After Kenyan Drake was allowed to explore free agency, eventually linking up with the Raiders, Edmonds was the highest profile holdover among Arizona's running backs before this acquisition. At 6-foot-1, 233 pounds, Conner has the stature of an early-down and short-yardage option, but Edmonds has two years of experience in coach Kliff Kingsbury's system, which has resulted in 4.8 YPC on 157 rushes, 65 catches on 88 targets and 10 total touchdowns in 29 games. The Cardinals still may add another RB during the upcoming draft, but Edmonds likely has the upper hand for more work between him and Conner considering the latter's injury history (he's played 50 of a possible 64 contests).
Apr 13, 2021 4:32 PM EST
Edmonds compiled career highs in carries (97), catches (53) and yards from scrimmage (850) during the 2020 campaign.
Analysis: Edmonds was aided on the carry front when starting running back Kenyan Drake logged his only absence of the season Week 9, racking up 25 rushes in that contest. Meanwhile, Edmonds was leaned on by Kyler Murry in the passing game as he finished fourth on the team in targets with 67 in 16 games. Edmonds is a key cog of the Cardinals offense under coach Kliff Kingsbury, and the RB enters the offseason as the most highly regarded player at the position under contract in 2021 with Drake set to be an unrestricted free agent. Depending on how Arizona proceeds with its backfield in free agency and the draft, Edmonds could be its lead option in the fall.
Jan 8, 2021 10:45 AM EST
Edmonds (hip) is active for Sunday's road game versus the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: When available and serving as Kenyan Drake's direct backup this season, Edmonds has averaged 8.8 touches for 56.1 yards from scrimmage while scoring five TDs across 13 games. The potential exists for Edmonds to be inhibited by the hip injury that kept him off the practice field during the week. If that happens, whatever he's unable to handle likely will shift to Drake and (to a lesser extent) D.J. Foster.
Jan 3, 2021 12:00 PM EST
There is "optimism" that Edmonds (hip) will suit up Sunday against the Rams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Per the report, Edmonds is viewed as a game-time decision for Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff and if he is able to give it a go, he'll continue to work in tandem with Kenyan Drake out of Arizona's backfield in Week 17.
Jan 3, 2021 4:15 AM EST
Edmonds (hip) didn't practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Edmonds and WR Larry Fitzgerald (groin) will be game-time decisions ahead of the 4:25 ET kickoff. Neither logged any level of practice participation this week, but Edmonds did suit up last week after two DNPs and one limited session. He was then forced out after 16 snaps and two touches in the 20-12 loss to San Francisco, suffering a hip injury to add to the ankle and knee issues that put him on the injury report in the first place. DJ Foster stepped in to play 17 snaps behind Kenyan Drake last week, finishing with one carry and no targets.
Jan 1, 2021 3:13 PM EST
Edmonds (hip) was held out of practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: In the 13 games in which a healthy Edmonds has spelled starting running back Kenyan Drake this season, Edmonds has averaged 8.8 touches for 56.1 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring five TDs. After leaving this past Sunday's game versus the 49ers in the first half with a hip issue, though, he has yet to step foot on the practice field. If he fails to get all the way back and misses his first contest of the campaign Week 17 against the Rams, the aforementioned reps likely will fall on Drake and D.J. Foster.
Dec 31, 2020 4:40 PM EST
Edmonds (hip) wasn't present for Thursday's practice and is expected to go down as a non-participant on the Cardinals' official report, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Edmonds' lack of activity at the Cardinals' first two practices of Week 17 is worrisome ahead of Sunday's must-win game against the Rams, but the running back will attempt to get in some reps Friday before Arizona decides on his status for the regular-season finale. The hip issue resulted in Edmonds being removed early in the Cardinals' Week 16 loss to the 49ers, allowing top back Kenyan Drake to handle a slightly larger snap share than he normally would.
Dec 31, 2020 8:55 AM EST
Edmonds (hip) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Edmonds has been tending to multiple injuries over the past few weeks, with Week 17 prep being hindering by a hip issue. He managed one limited session last week before being active this past Saturday versus the 49ers, but he lasted just 16 snaps before departing in the first half, ending his day with two catches (on three targets) for 18 yards. Kenyan Drake took on a larger workload (52 offensive snaps, 20 touches) in Edmonds' stead, while D.J. Foster saw his most significant run of the season (17 such plays, one carry). If Edmonds is unable to go Week 17 against the Rams, the Cardinals likely will have a similar breakdown of work between Drake and Foster.
Dec 30, 2020 4:11 PM EST
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Edmonds (hip) is "day-to-day," Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Edmonds was forced out of Saturday's loss to the 49ers due to a hip injury, and he entered the contest with both ankle and knee issues. If he can't go against the Rams in Week 17, Jonathan Ward and D.J. Foster will operate as backups to Kenyan Drake.
Dec 28, 2020 11:16 AM EST
Edmonds (hip) won't return to Saturday's game against the 49ers, Katherine Fitzgerald of The Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Edmonds caught two passes for eight yards before departing in the second quarter. Kenyan Drake is the clearcut lead back for the rest of the game, while Jonathan Ward and D.J. Foster should rotate in occasionally.
Dec 26, 2020 3:16 PM EST
Edmonds left Saturday's game against the 49ers with a hip injury and is deemed questionable to return.
Analysis: Edmonds left early in the first half with an apparent hip injury. Kenyan Drake will take on an extended role with Jonathan Ward possibly getting additional snaps.
Dec 26, 2020 2:47 PM EST
Edmonds (ankle/knee) is active for Saturday's game versus the 49ers.
Analysis: Edmonds again will take the field somewhat compromised, marking his second straight contest doing so. In Week 15, he racked up 14 touches for 66 yards from scrimmage and a receiving TD. Edmonds will continue to work in tandem with Kenyan Drake out of the Cardinals backfield.
Dec 26, 2020 12:09 PM EST
Edmonds (ankle/knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Edmonds played through the ankle injury in last week's win over the Eagles, but he seemingly tweaked his knee along the way. With the Cardinals facing a quicker turnaround for the Week 16 contest, Edmonds' pair of injuries kept him sidelined in practices Tuesday and Wednesday before he returned to the field in a limited fashion Thursday. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury hasn't indicated if the limited workout will be enough for Edmonds to gain clearance for Saturday, so fantasy managers will want to check back in on the running back's status leading up to the 4:30 p.m. kickoff. If Edmonds can't go this weekend, Kenyan Drake would likely be in store for one of his biggest snap shares of the season while filling a three-down role out of the backfield.
Dec 24, 2020 2:04 PM EST
Edmonds (ankle/knee) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Last week, Edmonds was contained to one limited practice session due to an ankle injury before he was eventually deemed active for Week 15 against the Eagles and handled his second-highest touch count (14) of the season. On this occasion, he hasn't taken the practice field yet, the result of ankle and knee issues. Edmonds has one more chance to prove his health this week before the Cardinals give him a designation for Saturday's game versus the 49ers.
Dec 23, 2020 1:38 PM EST
Edmonds (ankle/knee) wasn't present for the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: What Edmonds is able to do at practice Thursday will thus be telling with regard to his status for Saturday's game against the 49ers. Edmonds is back on the fantasy radar heading into Week 16, after carrying 11 times for 47 yards and catching three of five his targets for 19 yards and a TD in this past Sunday's win over the Eagles.
Dec 23, 2020 9:21 AM EST
Edmonds (ankle/knee) was listed as a limited participant on Tuesday's practice estimate, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: The third-year running back didn't practice until Friday last week, but he recorded 66 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown while running ahead of Kenyan Drake in a win over the Eagles on Sunday. It's possible that he's following a similar regimen, although it's worth noting that the knee injury is a new addition for Edmonds. If he can get on the field by Thursday's practice, he'll have a decent chance to play Saturday against the 49ers.
Dec 22, 2020 3:54 PM EST
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