Just as the Patriots saw several of the players they released on cutdown day draw interest from other teams, New England showed some interest of its own, claiming linebacker A.J. Edds off waivers from Miami.
Edds was the Dolphins’ fourth-round pick in 2010 but missed the season after tearing his right ACL early in training camp. Before his injury, he was running with Miami’s second-team defense, backing up Karlos Dansby at inside linebacker.
The Iowa product said yesterday that it’s been a crazy week or so since being released by Miami only to be headed to New England a day later – and then travel back to South Florida with his new team for the season opener.
“Yeah, it was definitely an interesting first crack at it out there with the Patriots,” he said. “It was almost surreal heading back there, going into the visitors’ locker room, those kind of things, but that’s the business we’re in. you have to take things as they come, and some of those things are out of your control a little bit and you have to make the most of it when you have your opportunities and I think most guys in the locker room can attest to that.”
Edds certainly knows all too well about dealing with things out of his control after having his first season end almost before it began.
“It was tough, but again that’s part of the game – you play long enough, you’re going to get banged up. That was my first real exposure to sitting out and not being able to contribute and be part of the game and those kind of things for an extended period of time so that was definitely tough,” said Edds, an Indiana native. “I think it’s something that in the long run is going to be a blessing in disguise for me – I was able to learn a lot, had to step back and pick up a lot of things where I could and when I could from some of the experienced vets and that kind of stuff and you have to take a negative and turn it into a positive when you have that kind of stuff happen.”
With knowledge of Miami’s players, Edds said his Pats teammates didn’t pick his brain on the Dolphins’ playbook as much as they asked about one-on-one matchups and trying to learn some tendencies.
“Obviously Miami knew I was up here, so they’re probably going to change some stuff up, but there were a few times when guys came to be and asked…more so for personnel than anything else,” he said. “Just some matchup stuff: What’s this guy going to play like? What’s his MO? Techniques, responsibilities, that kind of thing.”
Whether it was because of any tips he handed out or his on-field performance in his first few practices with the Pats, yesterday Edds was one of five players in black jerseys as a practice player of the week for the win over Miami.