Oakland Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. is “ready to roll,” is “healthy, strong” and “in a good mindset” according to Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie in an interview with JT the Brick on 95.7 The Game yesterday morning.
Edwards had an impressive rookie (2015) campaign amassing 42 tackles, three forced fumbles and two sacks that was marred by a late neck injury. The following year, Edwards played in just two games due to a lingering hip injury that forced a dramatic drop off in his explosiveness.
If Edwards is back to full strength as McKenzie suggests, it will have a profound impact on the defense overall, proving a boost against both the run and pass.
While most fans would be happy with Edwards simply getting back to his rookie form, McKenzie went on to say the third-year DE “wants to be dominant” in his interview with 95.7.
A dominant presence on the opposite side of reigning defensive player of the year and Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack, would go a long way to causing opposing quarterbacks trouble. But when one factors in outside linebacker Bruce Irvin as well?
This Oakland defense could be scary in 2017.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.