Raiders TE on Bryan Edwards: ‘I think great things are in store for him’

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Back in 2020, the Atlanta Falcons had a three-headed monster at the wide receiver position with Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage.

Since then, Jones was traded to Tennessee, Ridley was handed down a one-year suspension by the NFL for gambling, and Gage signed with Tampa Bay back in March. This left Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot with no choice but to completely revamp the position over the offseason.

Atlanta drafted Drake London with the No. 8 overall pick, signed free agents Auden Tate and Damiere Byrd, and traded for second-year Raiders wideout Bryan Edwards. London is obviously the most notable acquisition, but don’t overlook Edwards.

Originally selected in the third round of the 2021 draft by the Las Vegas Raiders, Edwards finished his second season with 45 catches for 764 receiving yards and four touchdowns. The 23-year-old is the favorite to start opposite London on the outside.

Raiders tight end Darren Waller, had some nice things to say about his former teammate during an interview with Heavy.com:

The fact that the Raiders traded Edwards was less about his talent level and more about the team’s logjam at the wide receiver position. Las Vegas traded for former All-Pro Packers WR Davante Adams and Edwards would have had a significantly smaller role this season.

Edwards, London and second-year tight end Kyle Pitts give the team three primary pass-catchers who are at least 6-foot-3.

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