Could Armanti Edwards be the Redskins Swiss Army knife on the offensive side of the ball?
Over the next couple of day you'll see a flurry of activity around the NFL. Not only will players be cut but teams will be circling like vultures waiting to find a last piece for their 2012 squad. But which possible waiver wire "prospects" could help out the Redskins?
One name that I find interesting is former Appalachian State quarterback and western North Carolina folk hero Armanti Edwards.The left handed QB is most well known for defeating Michigan in 2007, as well as leading the Mountaineers to an FCS National Championship. Three years ago the Carolina Panthers traded a future second round pick to grab Edwards in the third round in hopes to convert him into a wide receiver and return man.
So why do I think Edwards could work on the Redskins?
Before I go into my reasoning I have to admit I'm a sucker for Edwards. I saw him play a lot in college and he was nothing short of electric. One time, in 2007, I saw Edwards go 313 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground! And another 192 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air. all against the University of Richmond, in a playoff game. The Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person touches on the original plan for Edwards:
What the Panthers envisioned Edwards doing when they drafted him was making plays. Edwards’ progress was impeded by John Fox, who played Edwards in just three games his rookie season.
Edwards was handed the punt-returning job last year after Ron Rivera replaced Fox. But Edwards did little with the opportunity, averaging 5.5 yards – last among returners with at least 20 attempts.
Would a change of scenery help get Edwards over the hump? Could adding a guy like Edwards help him become the Redskins version of Brad Smith? Hypothetically you could eliminate both Brandon Banks and Rex Grossman off the Redskins roster by adding a guy like Edwards. The Redskins would then have a new return man and a guy that could likely add a wrinkle in as a "Wildcat" guy.
With the Panthers drafting Joe Adams and a modest preseason where Edwards has caught three catches for 37 yards, the third year mans days could be numbered in Charlotte. I seriously doubt the Queen City will be his last stop though.