The Raiders traded Edwards and a 2023 seventh-round pick to the Falcons on Friday in exchange for Atlanta's 2023 fifth-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Falcons continue to add to their pass-catching corps with the addition of another big-bodied wideout. Edwards was faced an uphill battle for target volume in Las Vegas with the acquisition of Davante Adams, but the 6-foot-3 wide receiver has a chance to carve out a solid role in Atlanta. The Falcons overhauled the wideout group this offseason in the wake of Calvin Ridley's suspension, led by the selection of Drake London in the first round; however, behind the rookie and phenom tight end Kyle Pitts, the Falcons will likely have a healthy competition for targets leading up to and during the 2022 campaign.
Edwards appeared likely to enter his third NFL season as the No. 3 option at wide receiver for the Raiders following the team's trade for first-team All-Pro Davante Adams, but the recent addition of Demarcus Robinson could create a job battle for Edwards, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports. Edwards' sophomore campaign in Las Vegas included a 34-571-3 line on 59 targets in 16 games, but he fell well behind teammates Hunter Renfrow and Zay Jones from a production standpoint throughout the latter half of the 2021 regular season. Jones has since departed for Jacksonville, but the aforementioned Adams' arrival brings another volume-heavy playmaker to an aerial attack that also features tight end Darren Waller. Edwards has the physical tools to beat out Robinson for a starting job opposite Adams with Renfrow occupying the slot, but Robinson has experience on his side with 42 starts in 97 career games with his former squad in Kansas City.
Edwards caught four of five targets for 63 yards in Sunday's overtime thriller against the Chargers, which ended in a 35-32 victory for the Raiders. Edwards saw north of four targets Sunday night for just the second time since Week 5, bringing his regular season totals to 34 catches for 571 yards and three touchdowns on 59 targets in 16 games. The 2020 third-rounder failed to match the production of fellow receivers Hunter Renfrow and Zay Jones through the latter half of his sophomore campaign, but Edwards still showed signs of improvement after a rookie season that was derailed by ankle and foot injuries. He'll remain involved on the outside this weekend as the Raiders head to Cincinnati for a wild-card contest against the Bengals.
Edwards was unable to haul in either of his two targets during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Colts. Edwards was dealt a full workload with 46 offensive snaps in his return from the reserve/COVID-19 list, but the second-year receiver was overshadowed by Zay Jones and Hunter Renfrow, who combined for 15 total catches on 19 targets for 196 yards and a touchdown. Not only has Jones' rapport with quarterback Derek Carr sharpened in recent weeks, but tight end Darren Waller (knee/back/illness) also has a legitimate chance to return to the lineup against the Chargers, so Edwards' target share may remain limited in the Raiders' regular-season finale.
Edwards and the Raiders will no longer play the Browns on Saturday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Monday at 5 p.m. ET. Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within the Cleveland organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Browns will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Assuming the Week 15 game is played Monday as planned, Edwards and Las Vegas will face a quick turnaround for the Week 16 contest versus the Broncos, which is still expected to be played Sunday, Dec. 26 as scheduled.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||New Orleans Saints||15||20.94|
|2||09/18||@Los Angeles Rams||22||22.05|
|5||10/09||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||20.53|
|6||10/16||San Francisco 49ers||19||21.90|
|9||11/06||Los Angeles Chargers||2||17.00|
|15||12/18||@New Orleans Saints||15||20.94|
|18||01/08||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||20.53|
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|3 Year Avg||37||22||382||2||18||17.36||50|