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Tremaine Tracker: Edmunds bounces back in Bills' win over Vikings

Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds was ubiquitous in the Buffalo Bills' shocking dominance of a team that played for the NFC title a season ago.

He was credited with 10 total tackles (seven solo) and defended a pass that led to a Matt Milano interception.

Beyond the first double-digit tackle game of his NFL career, Edmunds' range was on display all afternoon, and he played with much more decisiveness than he showed against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week Two.

Range tackles Impact tackles Initial contact plays
At Minnesota 3 2 0

 

He had three range tackles (takedowns at or outside the numbers) for the second-consecutive week, and his impact tackles (takedowns at or behind the line of scrimmage) represented an improvement from one impact tackle against Los Angeles.

Block-shed tackles No-shed Missed tackles
At Minnesota 1 0 0

 

One of Edmunds' block-shed tackles was the best individual run-stopping play he's made as a pro. He quickly read his keys and accelerated toward near the corner on Minnesota's outside run. He was met by an offensive lineman but quickly shed the block and exploded toward the ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage for the impact tackle.

While they didn't lead to tackles, there were two other occasions when Edmunds was blocked but defeated the blocks. However, the ball carrier had already been tackled.

Importantly, Edmunds did not have any missed tackled against the Vikings after missing three tackles against the Chargers in Week Two.

Pressures per pass-rush snaps Pass breakups Receptions/yards allowed in coverage
At Minnesota 2 for 4 1 4/25 yards

 

Once again, Edmunds was utilized sparingly as a blitzer but was efficient pressuring the quarterback. He got into Kirk Cousins' face on one throw and pressured him on a roll out later in the game. His pass breakup was a clean hit and provided an interception opportunity for Milano, who took advantage, kicking the ball into his own hands for the takeaway.

Three of the four receptions Edmunds' allowed in coverage came in garbage time in the fourth quarter when he had softer-than-normal coverage responsibilities.

Here are Edmunds' full, up-to-date statistics:

Range tackles Impact tackles Initial contact plays
Through Week Three 7 6 3 (1 nullified by penalty)

 

Block-shed tackles No shed Missed tackles
Through Week Three 6 5 5

 

Pressures per pass-rush snaps Pass breakups Receptions/yards allowed in coverage
Through Week Three 4/8 3

10/115/1 TD

 

For perspective on Edmunds' six impact tackles, only Kwon Alexander of the Buccaneers (eight), Jonathan Bostic of the Steelers (eight), Kenny Young of the Baltimore Ravens (seven) and Darius Leonard of the Indianapolis Colts (seven) have more through three games among off-ball linebackers. There are four other off-ball linebackers currently with six impact tackles.

Edmunds and teammate Lorenzo Alexander are tied for the league lead among linebackers with three passes defended heading into Week Four

The youthful linebacker needed to rebound after a subpar performance against the Chargers, and he most certainly bounced back against the Vikings.

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