Commanders must be wary of Tremaine Edmunds
The hallmark of a competent NFL linebacker is the ability to make plays in all three phases of defense. Tremaine Edmunds is ticking every box as a solid run defender, a sticky presence in coverage, and useful on the blitz when given a chance.
He's been in on 39 tackles, including three for loss, so far this season since his big-money switch from the Buffalo Bills. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is the Chicago Bears' best answer to counteract the threat posed by Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr.
Robinson is proving to be a bruising workhorse this season - somebody young quarterback Sam Howell will come to rely on more and more. This is providing the former third-round pick continues to demonstrate growth in the lead-back role.
Getting offensive linemen to the second level to absorb Edmunds quickly will be a must on running plays. It will also be necessary for Howell to avoid the veteran who's allowing 5.2 yards per completion in space.
Preventing Edmunds from making a big play or two is almost impossible, so limiting his influence is absolutely essential. However, he isn't the only unheralded member of the Bears' front seven the Commanders need a plan to stop.