Wyatt Teller calls Tremaine Edmunds "one of the best players I've ever played against"

May 07, 2018 - 9:19 pm
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Wyatt Teller is glad he never had to line up against or block Tremaine Edmunds in an actual football game.  But he certainly had to in practice several times, and the very first was the most memorable.

Teller and Edmunds, teammates at Virginia Tech for the last three years, were both selected by the Buffalo Bills in this year’s draft.  As an offensive lineman, Teller sometimes had to block Edmunds.  In 2015, as a sophomore, that meant he got a chance to show the freshman linebacker what big-boy college football was all about.  It didn’t go quite as planned.  

“The man (the Bills) are getting is an absolute stud,” Teller told the media shortly after being selected in the fifth round. “He’s one of the best players I’ve ever played against.  I remember when I was a sophomore, or I might’ve been a junior, and he just got into college, usually you give the younger guys a ‘Welcome to Varsity’ moment and you go and hit him.  He came out with his long arms and lanky body and smoked me, and I remember he put his head right in my chest and I was like, ‘what? Who is this kid?’  He deserves everything he’s getting.  He’s a great man, a great player and I’m excited to see him out there.”

Although Edmunds just turned 20 years old this past week, the Bills first round pick doesn’t think he’ll have much of an adjustment to not only playing with and against older, more experienced competition, he also feels he’ll fit into the locker room just as well.

“Yeah, you know, I’m a young guy, but at the same time, I’m a very mature guy,” Edmunds said in his introductory press conference. “I’ve been around older guys all my life. I know this is a different stage, but, like I said, I’m a mature guy. My parents did a good job of raising me, so (I’m) just kind of coming in and competing with those other guys, working from my spot and working to play my role on this team.”

Edmunds' older brothers, Trey and Terrell, also played at Virginia Tech.  Trey now plays for the New Orleans Saints and Terrell was drafted the same night as Tremaine, the 28th overall selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers.  They became the first set of brothers to be drafted in the first round of the same NFL Draft.  Their father, Ferrell Edmunds, played tight end for the Miami Dolphins during the height of the Bills-Dolphins rivalry from 1988-1992.  He was selected to two Pro Bowls.

Despite all those bloodlines, it will still be a major transition for Edmunds entering the league.  But as he and Teller move from college into professional football together in the same city, the 23-year old Teller said it will be a big benefit that both former Hokies will be able to lean on one another.

“It’s going to be great.  Iron sharpens iron.  I’ve always said that about Tremaine, I’ve always said that about him and all these guys who are getting drafted.  Iron truly sharpens iron and Tremaine is a great player.  A great player and I’m excited to join him. It’s going to be nice to have someone going through the same things as me.”
 

  



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