Two days ago, the New England Patriots decided to bring back linebacker A.J. Edds, who appeared in two games for the Patriots back in the 2011 season. The 25-year-old Iowa Hawkeyes product is entering the fourth year of his career, but he only has 11 career games under his belt, all in the 2011 season (two with New England, nine with the Indianapolis Colts).
Edds has dealt with severe knee injuries for his entire career, and it is what costed him his rookie season as a fourth-round pick by the Miami Dolphins. Then, last season, another severe knee injury (torn ACL) ended up putting Edds on the injured reserve once again, and it has been a tough career for Edds thus far.
The New England Patriots are giving Edds another chance, and ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss reports that Edds is expected to be ready for training camp after the season-ending knee injury. The Patriots, after signing Edds, now have 89 men on the 90-man roster, and it will be interesting to see if they save that space for veteran wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth, who can stretch the field vertically and knows the offense very well.
Edds is definitely a long shot to make the Patriots roster and is likely just a camp body, but you never know if the man with 13 career tackles can find his niche with the Pats. There is a chance of Edds making the team as a backup linebacker and providing some more versatility as a special teams player. That would be a nice benefit for the Patriots, but it is doubtful that Edds cashes in on his one-year deal with a job on the 53-man roster. Even so, it is good to hear that Edds is expected to be ready for training camp, because that is his shot at making the Pats roster.