Chase Edmonds is expected to be the No. 2 running back in Arizona this season behind David Johnson, but he has minimal Fantasy value in that role. Edmonds spent 2018 as the top backup to Johnson, but he only had one game with 10 total touches all season. He also had just one game with double digits in PPR points. Edmonds would have increased Fantasy value if Johnson got hurt, so keep an eye on him during the season as a potential waiver-wire addition. But he should only be drafted with a late-round flier in deeper leagues this year.
Edmonds is confident he'll have a regular role in the Cardinals offense in his second season, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports. "Me and Dave are definitely pushing for (two-back looks)," Edmonds said during OTAs. "It opens up his dynamic ability and mine as well. Whether it's two-back sets or Dave in the slot, me in the slot, it doesn't really matter." Edmonds is referencing backfield mate and 2016 All-Pro David Johnson, who has averaged 94.5 yards from scrimmage per game and scored 42 offensive touchdowns in 49 regular-season appearances. Clearly a bell cow, Johnson's noted ability as a receiver allows him to line up just about anywhere in the formation, whether its out of the backfield, in the slot or outside. This versatility should give Edmonds, a 2018 fourth-round pick, more chances to get on the field this fall. In a dreadful offense last season, he managed 311 scrimmage yards and two TDs on 80 touches, numbers that should increase with a corresponding boost in offensive snaps within new coach Kliff Kingbury's scheme.
Edmonds recorded 60 carries for 208 yards and two touchdowns while hauling in 20 of his 23 targets for 103 yards across 16 games during the 2018 campaign. The Cardinals already had an established lead back (David Johnson) prior to the 2018 draft, but it didn't stop general manager Steve Keim from selecting Edmonds in the fourth round with the 134th overall pick. Outside of a two-score performance in a Week 13 upset win over Green Bay, Edmonds was unable to make much of a dent in Johnson's workload. A stagnant offensive scheme partly was to blame, but Edmonds earned double-digit touches just once as a rookie (Week 15 in Atlanta). With Johnson locked into a lucrative extension through the 2021 season, Edmonds likely will need an injury from the former to make much of an impact during his first NFL contract. On the other hand, Arizona's lack of other backfield talent makes Edmonds the top candidate to fill in for Johnson in that scenario.
Edmonds ran four times for 20 yards and added a one-yard reception during Sunday's 31-9 loss to the Rams. Edmonds has now recorded at least five touches in five of his last six games, averaging a respectable 4.2 yards per carry during that span. A two-touchdown explosion in Week 13 aside, the rookie has been quiet for much of the season, a byproduct of playing on a woeful offense behind a quality do-it-all back in David Johnson.
Edmonds ran for 22 yards on eight carries and added 22 yards on two catches during Sunday's 40-14 loss to Atlanta. Week 13's two-touchdown game in which Arizona shocked Green Bay appears to have been a blip. Arizona has struggled mightily over the past two weeks with Edmonds not providing much production as David Johnson's clear backup. The rookie back did manage to record double-digit touches for the first time this season, but four of those came in the fourth quarter with the Cardinals down by multiple scores. Maybe, with the season and -- potentially -- this regime on its last legs, Arizona will try to get a better look at what it has in Edmonds. If that ends up being the case, there might be no better opponent than the Rams, who come to town next Sunday ranked as the easiest opponent in the league with 5.1 yards allowed per rush.
Edmonds had three carries for 14 yards and returned one kickoff for 17 yards during Sunday's 17-3 defeat to the Lions. Acting as the clear No. 2 running back behind David Johnson, Edmonds has been afforded a shade over five touches per game this season. However, outside of a Week 13 outburst in which he totaled 66 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns, Edmonds has averaged a dismal 2.7 YPC with no end-zone visits. In reality, the aforementioned outing was an aberration, meaning anyone who took a chance on the rookie should get used to performances like Sunday's.
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|7||10/20||@New York Giants||23||19.88|
|8||10/27||@New Orleans Saints||3||12.44|
|9||11/01||San Francisco 49ers||20||19.00|
|10||11/10||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||21.25|
|11||11/17||@San Francisco 49ers||20||19.00|
|13||12/01||Los Angeles Rams||14||17.26|
|17||12/29||@Los Angeles Rams||14||17.26|
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