Updated: Nov 25, 2020
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Strong safety Terrell Edmunds gets a lot of flak from some in the media and Steelers fans for not making enough splash plays. Edmunds has had a solid season, but he doesn't stand out on the stat sheet after games. Well, that changed in Jacksonville on Sunday, as Edmunds finished the game with four total tackles (two solos), two passes defended and two interceptions.
Edmunds' first interception of the game came off a poor throw by Luton, but he made a nice play on his second interception, leaping up with one hand to tip the pass and ultimately secured the grab with both hands.
“Really just trying to help the team out the best way I can," Edmunds said of his two interceptions. "The first one was an overthrown ball. Tips and overthrows, as a DB, that’s what you’re asking for. The second one was just playing my zone. Made a nice drop and just tried to help the team the best way I could.”
Mike Tomlin wasn't surprised by the performance from his first-round pick in 2018.
"This guy has logged a bunch of snaps," Tomlin said of Edmunds after the game. "I think his best ability is his availability. When you look at his career, as a young guy he has logged a bunch of snaps and over the course of time, he has gained quality experience because of it. He has taken that experience and continually made himself a better player really in all areas. In run/pass recognition ... I can't say enough about his run game fits and the way he is playing in that element of the game here in 2020.
"But largely his game has been on the upswing because he is a young guy who is diligent and a young guy that is very available. And when you are very available and diligent it's reasonable to expect your play to improve and his has."
With Edmunds having two interceptions and Minkah Fitzpatrick with two picks as well against the Jaguars, the Steelers now lead the league in takeaways with 21. The last time Edmunds had an interception was in Week 3 of the 2018 season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Hopefully, Edmunds can build off his great performance against the Jaguars and continue to make splash plays.