This is our first installment of our Summer Sleeper series, intended to assist you in keeping tabs on some lesser known players who should be on dynasty radars. Many of these players may simply fizzle out, but adding the right one now can be a huge coup for your team.
Today, we take a gander at the intriguing Armanti Edwards of the Carolina Panthers. While Edwards isn’t a household name outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, he should be a player you keep tabs on this Summer. Let’s take a closer look at the man who Wolverine fans love to hate.
Edwards’ college statistics are mind-boggling. He threw for 10,392 yards and 74 TDs, while adding 4,361 rushing yards and 64 TDs, which is no joke. However, you most likely remember him as the QB who went to the “Big House” and helped Appalachian State knock off Michigan on opening day in 2007. That win ultimately led to the demise of Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr. He’s much more than that, though.
This kid is an athlete and his stats are only part of the story. The Panthers obviously recognized his athletic prowess and had faith enough to believe he could make the WR transition to trade their #2 in 2011 and draft him at #89 overall in 3rd round of the NFL Draft. Most in fantasy circles have overlooked him, feeling he’s simply the next Brad Smith (just a QB who gets converted to a WR for gimmick plays). His average draft position of around #300 could be a serious mistake in judgment by hibernating coaches this Summer.
For those who have followed the Panthers the last few months, this article likely comes as no surprise. Something funny has happened at camp this Spring – Edwards seems to be making what looks to be a very fluid and smooth transition to WR. Beat writers for the Panthers have described his performance so far as “electrifying.” In fact, some have had to start looking elsewhere for players to write about and are fearing they’re giving him TOO much attention right now – that’s how much of an impact he’s making. He seems to be a natural at the position and is learning the playbook at an unnatural pace for a team desperate for playmakers outside of their RB tandem.
It’s certainly very early to make any type of realistic expecations of what Edwards will become. In fact, he could still be a total wreck. However, when you consider the Panthers weak WR corps, obvious lack of players who can create after the catch and combine that with a young player with an “it” factor who seems to be creating a buzz, you have the perfect recipe for a Summer Sleeper. It’s time to add Armanti Edwards to your dynasty radar.