The Steelers' 'other' Edmunds, Trey, happy to land in Pittsburgh, hopes to stick
Seemingly every time he walked into or out of the locker room at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, Trey Edmunds had a smile on his face.
A second-year running back who’s developed a reputation as a special-teams standout, Edmunds was beaming not only because he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers but because he was playing with his younger brother, Terrell.
The Steelers’ other Edmunds, Trey, was signed to the practice squad prior to the regular-season opener , and he was on the active roster for the Steelers’ final four games .
“Absolutely, I’m so happy to be here,” Edmunds said. “Happy for just another chance to continue my career. Great organization. Despite what happened (missing the playoffs), that’s just football. Things just happen, even to the best teams. … But I truly believe that this is one of the best organizations, so I am happy to be here.”
Unlike his brothers (each of whom was a first-round pick) and his father, Ferrell (a Pro Bowler three decades ago), Edmunds had to grind to make it in the NFL. Undrafted out of Maryland in 2017, Edmunds made the New Orleans Saints as a rookie and became a reliable presence on special teams.
Four months after they drafted safety Terrell Edmunds with the No. 28 overall pick in late April 2018, the Steelers signed Trey to their practice squad afterhe was among the Saints’ final cuts. That re-united Trey with Terrell after those two and Tremaine (a linebacker and 2018 first-round pick of Buffalo) had played together at Virginia Tech.
“It’s definitely cool to be here with Terrell,” Trey Edmunds said. “We were able to pick each other up, teach each other some things, strengthen our bond. It was already strong but strengthen it even more.”
But will Trey Edmunds get to continue his Steelers’ career? He appeared on the kickoff coverage and return and the punt return teams during December but did not get a game rep at running back. After finishing the season on the 53-man roster, his offseason spot on the 90-man roster is secure.
So it will probably come down to how training camp shakes out to find out whether Trey Edmunds has found a longterm NFL home.
“You’d like to think that that’s here, you know?” Edmunds said. “But all I can do is work. All I can do is work, all I can do is keep doing what I am doing, grinding, and see what happens.
“I definitely hope I will be here. That’s for sure.”
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.