3 reasons why Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds will be a Pro Bowler in 2021

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Edmonds is a dual-threat back

Many will point out that Chase Edmonds has a limited sample size running the football, so perhaps the overall potential he has flashed in the past does not hold water. Okay, but we cannot deny Edmonds’ dual-threat ability that makes him one of the league’s most versatile backs.

The sure-handed Edmonds caught 53 passes in 2020 over 67 targets, racking up 402 yards and four touchdowns.

Like his first down total when running the ball, Edmonds logged 21 of them through the air in 2020, as opposed to just 10 total in 2018 and 2019. His total number of receiving yards nearly doubled in 2020 as well at 402, from just 208 in 2018 and 2019 combined.

Now that Edmonds will likely begin the season as Arizona’s top running back, he has even more of a chance to improve his stat line as an Alvin Kamara-type of back. What’s even more impressive is that he did this by playing just 46 percent of the Cardinals’ offensive snaps in 2020.

Knowing how well Edmonds produces as a receiver out of the backfield shows us that he’s done more than just displayed potential. He has proven that he can produce in at least the passing game over a 16 or starting in 2021, a 17-game stretch.