The offseason workouts and preseason are an opportunity for young players in the NFL to make their mark and take advantage of the open competition. For undrafted free agent wide receiver Patrick Edwards, those opportunities and hard work have led to him earning looks as the team’s No. 2 wide receiver heading in to the 2013-14 NFL season.
From the Detroit Free Press:
"The Lions are still looking for receiving help, but in the likely event they can’t land a game-changer, Patrick Edwards will see plenty of playing time outside opposite Calvin Johnson this year. Edwards has deep speed, though his seven catches for 49 yards this preseason hardly turned heads. He had a couple drops and has to get off the line better, but should have opportunities with Johnson on the field. Nate Burleson is best in the slot, and Ryan Broyles is another slot receiver who’s been slowed by his return from knee surgery."
Injuries helped open the door for Edwards to earn a bigger role in the offense, but it was the time that he put in that earned him the job.
It is always great to see a young player with a lot to prove step up and show what he can offer a team, so keep an eye out on Patrick Edwards this season and see if he can turn in to a breakout star.
He is the kind of player that you can’t help but to root for.