PITTSFORD — Tremaine Edmunds says he didn’t take a whole lot of time away from football during the six weeks between the end of the Buffalo Bills’ offseason workouts and the start of training camp this week.
According the Bills’ first-round draft pick, he spent a good portion of what is supposed to largely be a rest-and-relaxation period studying the defensive scheme he has been trying to learn since last May.
“You can't really take breaks in this sport, and I was in my playbook, just going over things, refreshing my mind, just staying locked in with it,” the linebacker said after Friday’s practice at St. John Fisher College. "I feel like ever since OTAs and minicamp, I'm learning more, and I'm playing a little bit faster out there.”
It has only been two practices, and a larger test for all of the players will come Saturday, during the first padded workout of camp. However, Edmunds, who is all of 20 years old, sounded confident about how well he is grasping things.
For the most part, the defense has done a good job of shutting down outside run plays, which reflects well on Edmunds’ exceptional quickness in lateral pursuit as well as his ability to shed blocks and correctly anticipate where the plays are going.
"I feel like I'm getting better every day, and I'm just going to continue to lock into my playbook and continue to do what I have to do,” Edmunds said.
What are his expectations for his rookie season?
“Just control the things I can control,” said Edmunds, whom the Bills made the 16th overall choice after making quarterback Josh Allen the seventh overall pick. “That’s just me locking in, earning trust from (his teammates). I’m just excited to get this thing started.”