Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is a bit of a unicorn. He’s already entering the fourth year of his NFL career, but he’s still young at 23.
In fact, a couple of players the Bills only just drafted in 2021 are still older than him.
Considering that, CBS Sports thinks there’s more to come for Edmunds in the future, just like many in western New York do as well. But the outlet took it to a whole new level for the 2021 season.
Edmunds was recently projected as the NFL’s upcoming Defensive Player of the Year in one article from the outlet:
Defensive Player of the Year: Tremaine Edmunds
This guy is about to breakout in a massive way, and I get the sense the Bills already know it. Best get this extension done, ASAP. His speed and strength and wingspan and balance and instincts are all other-worldly. He is about to register the kind of statistics that gain national attention and the mainstream acclaim that he is worthy of. This defense is about to make another leap forward, and this will be the best of that bunch. Metrics meets production.
While young with room to grow, Edmunds actually has already started to earn some national recognition. In his three seasons, he’s earned two Pro Bowl nods, most recently in 2020.
If Edmunds does win the DPOY Award next year, there might be one player in particular to thank: Star Lotulelei.
The defensive tackle opted out in 2020 due to COVID-19 and is expected to return. However, Buffalo’s linebackers, including Edmunds on several occasions, have touted how much easier Lotulelei makes his life by being a “space eater” in front of them in Buffalo’s defensive scheme.
With Lotulelei back in the fold and Edmunds another year older and wiser? The NFL might be in store for a bounce-back year from the Bills defense.