5 stats to know about Chicago Bears free agent signing Tremaine Edmunds
3. Tremaine Edmunds improved against the run
One of the big reasons why Edmnunds is a bet worth taking is his improved play over the years. Take his run defense for example. He started off raw and has become a trusted option. During his first three years, he was at 13.4%, 13.1%, and 13.3% in terms of run stop rate. In the past two seasons, he is down to 7.7% and 7.5%.
In terms of raw numbers, he was 18, 18, and 21, and dropped to 10 each of the past two seasons. He also saw his run-stop rate rise from 6.3, 6.8, and 6.1 in the past three seasons to 7.3 and 7.6 in the past two seasons. He is not just missing fewer tackles, that is with more activity.
This shines a light on why the team went after Edmunds. His first three NFL seasons were equivalent ages to a lot of college players. The past two seasons are more in line with what was expected from him when he was drafted. There is a real chance that his play either improves or at least stays consistent for the next few years.