Arizona Cardinals: Chase Edmonds can prove himself as long-term piece

Chase Edmonds has an opportunity to become a major impact player for Arizona Cardinals.

The Arizona Cardinals are quickly becoming one of the most interesting teams in the entire NFL. They currently sit at 5-2 on the season and are only one game behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West. Quarterback Kyler Murray has taken a step forward this season, thanks in huge part to the addition of star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Led by Murray and Hopkins, the Cardinals have put together one of the most exciting offenses in the entire NFL.

Kenyan Drake has been the Cardinals’ primary running back this season and he has been solid. However, fellow running back Chase Edmonds looks to be the more dynamic player and has a ton of natural upside going forward. Drake suffered an ankle injury in Week 7 and is unlikely to play this week as the Arizona Cardinals are coming off of their bye. It will likely be the Chase Edmonds show for Arizona this weekend against the Miami Dolphins.

Edmonds has been great in a part-time role

Edmonds has been fantastic in his part-time role this season, carrying the ball 29 times for 176 yards and one touchdown. His 6.1 yards per carry average is impressive and he has also been an impact player as a receiver out of the backfield. On the year, Edmonds has caught 26 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Simply put, he has shown the ability to impact the game as both a runner and a receiver this season.

Edmonds has an impressive combination of short-area quickness and burst that makes him a dangerous weapon on the field. He is elusive in open space and has the raw speed to break free and score from anywhere on the field.

Simply put, Edmonds is a dangerous weapon with the ball in his hands and he fits the Cardinals’ wide-open offensive attack perfectly. With Drake out, Edmonds will be the primary running back for this team. If he can continue to shine with an expanded workload, the Cardinals may not go back to Drake as the primary back when he returns. Edmonds has an opportunity to establish himself as an extremely important player for this team going forward.