Bubble watch: A.J. Edds

(Continuing a month-long series analyzing players who are on the roster bubble and where they may potentially fit in 2013.)

NAME: A.J. Edds

POSITION: Linebacker

AGE: 25

2012 STATS: No stats; spent entire season on injured reserve for Colts.

INJURY STATUS: Continued rehab from torn ACL during minicamp.


WHY HE SHOULD MAKE IT: When the Patriots signed A.J. Edds on June 6, he wasn't ready to practice, and spent minicamp rehabbing with the team's training staff. This indicates that the Patriots may view Edds as more than just a "camp body," and now in his second stint with the team, he could offer upside as a sub package linebacker and special-teams contributor. At 6-foot-4, 256 pounds, he offers ideal size, and when healthy could provide athleticism to his position group.

WHY HE SHOULD NOT MAKE IT: In the back-end of the defense every preseason, there is typically a glut of depth-level players who try to stick on special teams. Edds is part of that group, but there are close to a dozen other players (Jeff Tarpinian at linebacker and Nate Ebner at safety, as examples) who are also competing for roles. It's often the trickiest area to predict when projecting a 53-man roster, and this season is no different.

CLOSEST COMPETITION: LB Jeff Tarpinian, LB Steve Beauharnais LB Mike Rivera