Pro Football Focus has always been pretty tough on Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds… kind of like the way quarterback Josh Allen was treated before last year.
That feeling on Edmunds was recently reflected in another one of PFF’s latest position-by-position breakdowns.
Ranking their top-32 linebackers in the NFL this offseason, PFF labeled Matt Milano at the 11th best. Rightly so.
Edmunds? Not ranked.
First, here’s why Milano garnered that respect:
A key player who the Bills retained this offseason, Matt Milano has consistently been a plus coverage defender, earning a 77.3 PFF coverage grade and then an 81.9 mark in consecutive seasons before a relative down year in 2020. Milano gave up just two touchdowns over the past two seasons of play and is a difference-maker for the Bills.
We might’ve sold this one short. Edmunds gets beaten down by PFF. In 2020, the outlet ranked him the NFL’s 74th best linebacker.
Edmunds, a 2018 first-round pick of the Bills, recently had the fifth-year option on his rookie deal picked up by Buffalo. So while PFF might not like his game, he doesn’t have to worry if the Bills do.
Often PFF cites that Edmunds’ play involves too many missed tackles among other issues. However, Edmunds has often played with injury, and not having Star Lotulelei in front of him last season didn’t help, either. But PFF’s logic takes a bit of a hit because Edmunds has earned two Pro Bowl nods in three pro seasons.
Having said that, PFF does bring to light how much Milano is overlooked. Despite not having any Pro Bowls to his name, Milano is certainly among the league’s best “modern” linebackers that are undersized and can cover receivers.
So in the end, we’ve got to take the good with the bad, but at least it’s promising to see Milano getting some well-overdue respect. Pro Bowls and other honors could follow Milano soon, but main issue for him has been his health.