Should David Johnson Owners Worry About Chase Edmonds?

Should David Johnson Owners Worry About Chase Edmonds?

by Mike Valverde

Many fantasy owners dismissed Chase Edmonds, the 5-foot-9, 205 pound Arizona Cardinals’ running back. He wasn’t even drafted as a handcuff for David Johnson owners.

None of that matters at this point, as Edmonds is proving fantasy owners wrong. He is now considered a top free agent waiver acquisition.

Last week, Edmonds carried ball an astounding 27 times for 126 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and 3 touchdowns. He added one reception for good measure, even though it went for negative yards.

Edmonds is currently available in 32-48% of season-long fantasy leagues. That percentage will increase significantly after Wednesday.

Here are Edmond’s totals and ranks among the NFL from Expand The Boxscore.

High School and College

High School

Chase Edmonds attended Central Dauphin High School in Pennsylvania, where he was active in both basketball and football. His senior season, he scored 25 touchdowns and rushed for 1,984 yards. Edmonds also added another 394 yards through the air. Even so, recruitment efforts staggered due to his size limitations. Edmonds would eventually decide that Fordham University was the best opportunity for him.

Freshman Year

Edmonds played in all 14 games as a freshman, putting up 1,838 yards and 23 touchdowns. He showed his receiving capabilities by catching 19 passes and scoring 1 touchdown. He won the Jerry Rice Award and the NCAA FCS Rookie of the Year. He also earned second-team Associated Press All-American honors.

Sophomore Year

It was more of the same from Edmonds in his sophomore year. In 12 games, he rushed for 1,648 yards and 20 touchdowns, including 5 receiving touchdowns.

In 2016, Edmonds continued to punish his opposition, rushing for 1,799 yards in 11 games and scoring 19 times. He added 25 receptions and 1 touchdown in the receiving game.

For the third straight season, Edmonds scored 20 or more times. He displayed excellent balance, blazing speed, and immaculate cutting ability, earning him consensus first-team FCS All-American honors. He led the FCS with 163.5 yards per game.

Junior Year

His junior season was even more successful than his previous three season, as his cutting ability, supreme balance, and galloping speed resulted in him being named a consensus first-team FCS All-American with 1,799 yards and 19 touchdowns on 257 carries. He led the FCS with 163.5 yards per game.

Edmonds set an FCS record by averaging 21.1 yards per carry against Lafayette (17 carries, 359 yards, 4 touchdowns). Unfortunately, leg injuries limited him to 7 starts in 2017 and squashed his hopes of setting the all-time FCS rushing record.

In 2017, Edmonds played in 7-of-11 games. He injured his hamstring in September and missed two games. Then in October, he would miss another two games due to a another hamstring injury.

He rushed for 577 yards on 136 carries (4.2 yards per carry) with 5 touchdowns. Through the air, he had 11 receptions for 129 yards. Even though Edmonds missed time, he was named second-team All-Patriot League for his efforts.

NFL Career


At the combine, Chase Edmonds ran a modest 4.55 forty-yard dash and a 6.79 3-cone drill. His vertical jump was 34 inches and his broad jump was 10-feet-2-inches. Due to his stand-out seasons at Fordham, the Arizona Cardinals selected Edmonds in the fourth round (134th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Arizona Cardinals

Edmonds’ first NFL appearance came in the opening week of the 2018 season against the Washington Redskins. He played a stand-out game in limited time, rushing 4 times for 24-yards and catching 4 passes for 24 yards.

It would take him nearly three months, but he scored his first NFL touchdown against the Green Bay Packers. He also rushed for 53 yards on 5 carries in that game.

By the end of the season, he finished his rookie year with 60 carries for 208 yards and 2 touchdowns. He added 20 receptions for 103 yards on 23 targets.

Before the start of the 2019 season, head coach Kliff Kingsbury already had an idea of how to use Chase Edmonds.

“He’s a really good player. I’ve been surprised at his ability as a pass-catcher,” said Kingsbury during minicamp, according to Katherine Fitzgerald from AZCentral. “I think watching him, you know, I knew what David could do out of the backfield, but watching him, that’s a strong point of his game as well. So he’ll have a really nice role in the offense.”

Edmonds sophomore season didn’t start with much fanfare, as Johnson dominated the snap share out of the gate. The Cardinals handed him the ball just 5 times for 22 yards.

However, his fortune changed against the Seattle Seahawks. Edmonds was involved in the offensive game plan with 6 carries for 37 yards. In the next two weeks, he was granted 13 snaps for 102 yards and 1 touchdown.

Now, after his performance against the New York Giants, it appears Edmonds should be locked in as a substantial contributor to the Cardinals’ offense.

Chase Edmonds’ Future


Chase Edmonds frame is solid, and he has desirable thighs and calves. When he cuts, Edmonds redirects himself by sinking his hips. He has an excellent broad base and solid bending of his hips.

Edmonds’ explosiveness allows him to blow by defensive linemen, and he has enough speed to get to the corner. When teams attempt arm tackles on him, it’s a losing effort, increasing his broken tackle potential.

Edmonds needs to learn better blocking techniques. He is a step below David Johnson in this area.

Another problem area for Edmonds is his blitz recognition and anchoring when a defender is charging right at him.

He likes to bounce outside as a priority instead of hitting the line-of-scrimmage without hesitation. All of these things are coachable, and he should improve with experience.

Moving Forward

It is difficult to determine what David Johnson’s role will be in the upcoming weeks. According to Kingsbury, Johnson’s stay on the sideline had nothing to do with poor performance. It was purely health-related.

“Losing D.J. Foster late in the week in practice put us in a bind and we wanted to make sure Dave only played if we really needed him,” Kingsbury said. “We were just being smart. It was a knee-based deal. Chase needed to be spelled, but we wanted to make sure Dave came (out of there) clean for later on in the season.”

If this is the case, then how much activity will we see from Edmonds moving forward? The most carries he had before last week was eight. Will that trend continue, or will he be more active? Whatever Edmonds’ role is going to be, he is a must-add for Johnson owners or in leagues with deep benches.