I'll be the first to admit that Patrick Edwards is no lock to make the Detroit Lions' active roster. As an undrafted free-agent wide receiver, making an impact in a group with Calvin Johnson, Titus Young, Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles is no easy task.
In fact, it's impossible. Edwards has no chance of unseating any of those four players.
Needless to say, he has been impressive so far in practice. Edwards has top-level speed and quickness, and according to MLive.com, he's surprised Lions' coaches and players with his abilities.
Here's what Megatron had to say about the rookie:
"Dude is incredibly fast, incredibly quick [...]. If he can just keep everything under control ... He's already incredible in and out of his routes. I just look forward to seeing him grow with us, or wherever it may be."
Coming from the Lions' Pro Bowler, that is some high praise.
Edwards does have the talent and potential to make the active roster, and the Lions will utilize his skills as a punt/kickoff returner. According to CBS Sports, there's been mention of Titus Young being used in this role as well, but Edwards makes more sense.
Why risk the wear and tear on Young who is a key piece of the Lions' offense?
The addition of Edwards would mean that Stefan Logan's days in Detroit would be over, but that's been a foregone conclusion for some time. Edwards could be an upgrade based on Logan's pedestrian return numbers last season.
All arrows point toward Edwards being on the final roster. If so, he'll bolster the floundering return game and break off some highlight-reel runs along the way.