Updated: Jan 18
On his first carry in a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform against the Indianapolis Colts, undrafted running back Trey Edmunds gained as many yards in one sequence, as he did his entire rookie year with the New Orleans Saints in 2017.
This was not just any ordinary run, it was one that was years in the making, a chance to show everyone that he was more than just the older brother of Trumaine and Terrell Edmunds. As the Steelers fourth string running back, opportunities have come few and far between for Trey. Throughout much of his football career, Trey has had to be resilient amidst the many obstacles he has faced.
Trey showed promise his freshman season with Virginia Tech in 2013, as he established himself as their feature running back, accumulating 675 rushing yards. His next two seasons with the Hokies, would be plagued by injury, and his production waned. As both Terrell and Trumaine grew within their respective positions, Trey was pushed down the depth charts as Hokies teammate and former Steelers undrafted free agent Travon McMillian emerged.
Trey transfered to Maryland in his senior year, yet experienced another setback after fracturing his right foot, relegating him to only five games that season. At every turn, there seemed to be another roadblock preventing from going forward throughout his collegiate career. His performance on Sunday against the Colts proved that Trey is much more than just a depth chart player.
With a depleted running back roster, Trey may find himself being called on against to take on the type of load he is on Sunday against the Colts, yet a rib injury could potentially prevent him from seeing the field against the Los Angeles Rams.
For the Steelers's offense to continue evolving, their ground offense has become an intrical part of their growth. With Trey now on the active roster, each day represents a new day to define his role on the team, and carve his own path to greater things ahead.