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They looked to have found a diamond in the rough last training camp, when Edwards was one of the early standouts in practice. But when the preseason games came around, Edwards disappeared. He had just four catches for 47 yards in four preseason games.
Edwards just missed the 53-man roster in final cuts, but was signed to the team's practice squad. He would have had an opportunity to get on the active roster late last season after the Lions were decimated by injury at the receiver position, but Edwards was already on injured reserve with a leg injury suffered in practice.
So, Edwards is back for year two trying to prove himself all over again. And just like last training camp, he's stuck out in practice. He's been consistently running with the first-team offense in three-receiver sets and has been a consistent playmaker.
But can he do it when the lights come on?
"What they do out here on the practice fields and the way they show what they know, what to do in meetings and walk through, none of that does any good unless you can translate that into the games," head coach Jim Schwartz said.
Edwards knows the pressure will be on starting Friday vs. the Jets.
"It's real important and I have to go out there and make some plays, unlike last year, when I didn't really make any plays," Edwards admitted after Sunday's practice.
"I'm just taking advantage of the first-team reps I'm getting and going in there and running hard and getting open and making plays so I can gain trust."
He's already gained the trust of his quarterback.
The Lions are on the lookout for playmaking No. 4 and No. 5 receivers. In practice, Edwards looks like he fits the bill. The upcoming four preseason games will decide if one of those spots is his.