For two days in South Carolina, he got a chance to see the middle linebacker the Bills hope will have the kind of impact on their defense for the as Kuechly has had for them, and 21-year-old Tremaine Edmunds made quite the impression.
“Tremaine is an impressive young man,” Rivera told me after the two teams finished their second of two joint practices at Wofford College on Wednesday. “He’s got some really good guys around him that I think are going to let him continue to grow.
“It was kind of neat first-hand to watch him. We ran a screen against them. It looked like it was going to pick up some pretty good yardage, and he was able to break through and run it down and keep it about four yards. I think the young man is on his way to being one of those types of players that can be with a team for 10-12 years and be an impact guy for a long time.”
It wasn’t just the play of Edmunds on the field or his imposing figure that stuck out to Rivera, either. It was something he was told by a friend and former former coaching staff mate.