Bucs safety Mike Edwards was everywhere in the team’s 48-25 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, including the endzone, twice. His stellar play has earned him NFC defensive player of the week honors for Week 2.

Edwards was asked to play more nickel on Sunday with injuries to the Bucs secondary and did not disappoint. The ball hawking safety has steadily seen his snaps grow since being drafted, but his outing on Sunday suggests he should see the field more than just sub packages. Edwards graded out at 91.4 in total defense with a 92.1 coverage grade by Pro Football Focus in sundays win. He has an 83.6 defensive rating for the year while his coverage grade is 87.5.

When asked about his two interception performance Edwards had this to say.

“First one, I was playing nickel,” Edwards said. “We had good pressure, he got rid of the ball quick and I just jumped the route. It kind of got tipped out of my hands a little bit, but I concentrated and took it back for a big play. The second one, ‘C.D.’ (Carlton Davis III), we were both blitzing off the edge and he got the tip. I didn’t see him tip the ball, but I saw it up in the air and came down with it.”

Pewter Report’s own Jon Ledyard touched on why the Bucs need to get Edwards more playing time earlier this week.

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1 month ago

Well deserved!