Cardinals news: Kliff Kingsbury has been impressed with second-year RB Chase Edmonds
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Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury has been impressed with second-year RB Chase Edmonds

Chase Edmonds, Kliff Kingsbury, Cardinals

David Johnson may get most of the shine at running back for the Arizona Cardinals, but head coach Kliff Kingsbury has been impressed with what second-year back Chase Edmonds has done this offseason.

“He’s a really good player. I’ve been surprised at his ability as a pass catcher,” said Kingsbury, according to Katherine Fitzgerald of The Arizona Republic. “I think watching him, you know, I knew what David could do out of the backfield, but watching him, that’s a strong point of his game as well. So he’ll have a really nice role in the offense.”

Edmonds is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played all 16 games and rushed for 208 yards and a couple of touchdowns while averaging 3.5 yards per carry. In addition, he caught 20 passes for 103 yards.

The 23-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Fordham University, was originally selected by the Cardinals in the fourth round (134th pick overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Edmonds is looking to make a bigger impact in his second season after a rather underwhelming rookie year:

“I come on that field every day a lot more confident in my abilities,” Edmonds said. “Last year was kind of walking on eggshells, and my mentality was more like to not mess up, as opposed to just make big plays.”

The Harrisburg, Pa. native was a big-time rusher at Fordham, racking up 5,862 yards and 67 touchdowns over four seasons. He played in only seven games during his senior season due to an injury, so his numbers were actually not as monstrous as they could have been.