Bryan Edwards
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Edwards with Las Vegas Raiders in 2021
No. 89 – Atlanta Falcons
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1998-11-13) November 13, 1998 (age 23)
Conway, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Conway
(Conway, South Carolina)
College:South Carolina
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 3 / Pick: 81
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-SEC (2019)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2021
Receptions:45
Receiving yards:764
Receiving average:17.0
Receiving touchdowns:4
Player stats at NFL.com

Bryan J. Edwards (born November 13, 1998) is an American football wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Carolina and was drafted by the Las Vegas Raiders in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early years

Edwards attended Conway High School in Conway, South Carolina. During his career, he had 188 receptions for 2,562 yards and 32 touchdowns.[1] He was selected to played in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Game, but did not play due to injury.[2] He committed to the University of South Carolina to play college football.[3][4]

College career

Edwards with South Carolina in 2019.
Edwards with South Carolina in 2019.

Edwards started all 12 games he played in his freshman year at South Carolina in 2016. He had 44 receptions for 590 yards and four touchdowns. As a true freshman, Edwards earned Athlon’s Freshman All-America second team honors and All-SEC Freshman first team accolades. As a sophomore in 2017, he started all 13 games and led the team with 64 receptions for 793 yards and five touchdowns.[5] As a junior in 2018, he had 55 receptions for 846 yards and seven touchdowns.[6] During his senior year in 2019, he passed Kenny McKinley's school record for career receptions and Alshon Jeffery's school record career receiving yards.[7][8] He played in the first 10 games of the season before suffering a season-ending injury. He finished the season with 71 receptions for 816 yards and six touchdowns. For his career, he had 234 receptions, 3,045 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns.[9]

South Carolina football receiving records:

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span Wonderlic
6 ft 2+34 in
(1.90 m)
212 lb
(96 kg)
32+14 in
(0.82 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
28
All values from NFL Combine[10]

Las Vegas Raiders

Edwards was drafted by the Las Vegas Raiders in the third round with the 81st overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.[11] The Raiders obtained this pick along with two first round picks as part of the trade that sent defensive end Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears.[12]

Edwards entered his first training camp competing for a starting job against Tyrell Williams, Nelson Agholor, Hunter Renfrow, Zay Jones, and fellow rookie Henry Ruggs III. At the end of the Raiders’ training camp, head coach Jon Gruden named Edwards and Ruggs as the starting wide receivers for the 2020 NFL season.

Edwards made his first career start and NFL debut in the Raiders’ season-opening win against the Carolina Panthers, notching 1 reception for 9 yards on one target. The following week against the New Orleans Saints, Edwards recorded 2 receptions for 42 yards on two targets in the 34-24 win. In the Raiders’ Week 3 contest against the New England Patriots, Edwards recorded 2 receptions for 48 yards on 3 targets before leaving the game with an ankle injury. He missed Weeks 4-8 recovering from the injury. After returning from the injury in Week 9, Edwards lost his starting job to Nelson Agholor and took on a depth role for the remainder of the season. In the Raiders’ season finale against the Denver Broncos, Edwards recorded 2 receptions for 51 yards and his first career touchdown catch during the 32–31 win.[13] Edwards finished his rookie season appearing in 12 games (3 starts) and recording 11 receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown.

Atlanta Falcons

On May 13, 2022, the Raiders traded Edwards along with a 2023 seventh-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for a 2023 fifth-round selection.[14]

NFL career statistics

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2020 LV 12 3 11 193 17.5 34 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2021 LV 16 13 34 571 16.8 51 3 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Career 28 16 45 764 17.0 51 4 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

References

  1. ^ Livingston, Ian. "Conway's Bryan Edwards looks back at a storied SC career". MyHorryNews.com.
  2. ^ Conway’s Edwards receives U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey
  3. ^ Conway's Bryan Edwards commits to South Carolina
  4. ^ "WR Bryan Edwards commits to South Carolina". Sports Illustrated. December 15, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  5. ^ Sweeney, Daniel. "South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards wants to set records; Steve Spurrier praises former Gamecocks QB". Dayton Daily News.
  6. ^ Paschall, David (July 30, 2019). "Bryan Edwards ready to rewrite South Carolina football history". timesfreepress.com. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  7. ^ History maker: Bryan Edwards sets South Carolina career catches record in style
  8. ^ Bryan Edwards makes more history, becomes USC’s all-time leader in receiving yards
  9. ^ Cloninger, David. "Gamecocks' greatest receiver? Bryan Edwards making a strong case". Post and Courier.
  10. ^ "Bryan Edwards Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  11. ^ Anderson, Reggie (April 24, 2020). "USC's Bryan Edwards drafted by the Las Vegas Raiders". WLTZ. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  12. ^ "2020 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  13. ^ "Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos - January 3rd, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  14. ^ Bair, Scott (May 13, 2022). "Falcons trade for Raiders receiver Bryan Edwards". www.AtlantaFalcons.com. Retrieved May 13, 2022.