Steelers Trey Edmunds could play an increased role against the Colts
The Pittsburgh Steelers are depleted at the running back position. Here’s why Trey Edmunds could play a significant role in the backfield.
By now, most football fans know about Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds and his brother, Bills linebacker Tremaine. The two Virginia Tech products made history by being the only brothers ever to be drafted in the first round of the same draft (2018).
However, there is a lesser-known Edmunds brother who could hear his name called this week. Trey Edmunds may get his first real look in the Steelers backfield.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are hosting the Indianapolis Colts, but they won’t be doing so at full strength. Pittsburgh has already suffered some significant injuries with Ben Roethlisberger and Stephon Tuitt going down for the season. Now the Steelers will be without two of their top three running backs.
Benny Snell Jr. has been ruled of today’s contest after undergoing surgery on his knee. Starting running back, James Conner is listed as doubtful against the Colts, as he hasn’t logged a practice all week after suffering a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter against the Dolphins.
Jaylen Samuels is set to return to action for the first time since playing Baltimore in week 5. Outside of him, Trey Edmunds is the only other healthy running back on the Steelers roster.
Trey Edmunds – a former undrafted free agent and older brother of Terrell – has just 10 career carries into his third NFL season. Edmunds sees nearly all of his action on special teams, as he has logged only two offensive snaps with the Steelers this season.
However, that could soon change. With just Conner and Snell both set to miss today’s game, Edmunds could be in line for the most offensive work he has seen in a single game in his career.
Pittsburgh may elect to ease Samuels back into action after nursing an injury over the past four weeks. If this is the case, Edmunds will be given the opportunity to showcase his ability against the Colts defense.
Edmunds has averaged 4.8 yards per carry on his lone 10 career rushing attempts and has one touchdown during his time with the New Orleans Saints in 2017. He does not have a reception in his career.
Trey and Terrell Edmunds were roommates during training camp this year, and many didn’t expect Trey to stick around this long. It will be interesting to see how the Steelers elect to deploy him this week.