Armanti Edwards is turning heads at training camp. (Photo courtesy of the News & Observer)
Quick, someone check on Tater... I'm afraid he may have passed out!
What a difference a year makes, well, not even a year... just six months. I thought we'd see a new, re-energized Armanti Edwards, ready to prove his doubters wrong. However, thus far I never imagined he'd have the kind of improvement we've seen from him. It isn't just the big things like receiving and route running he's doing right, it's the little things too like his hand placement, block shedding, and foot placement; the transformation is truly amazing.
Today via Twitter Joseph Person said that it's more than fans who are being impressed with this wholesale improvement, but the coaches are noticing too.
Rivera says Edwards is in the mix for the No. 2 rcvr spot w/ LaFell and Gettis, who is still out w/ hamstring injury.
This opens up a lot of very interesting schematic plays should Edwards win the job. Not only does it conceivably give you three people who can throw the football (along with the QB and DeAngelo Williams who has been practicing in camp), but it also allows for Smith and Edwards to run the quick slants and cuts while Greg Olsen can stretch the field vertically. When you combine this with the running game and Cam Newton's versatility it could spell nightmares for defenses.
For now though we have to give all the credit in the world to Armanti Edwards for stepping up, working hard, and making a good deal of fans eat some crow.