ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Aquinas grad Earnest Edwards caught the eye of NFL scouts with his blazing fast speed and it landed him on a roster, as Edwards has signed with the Los Angeles Rams.
“I’ve been praying for this since I was a little kid, so it’s finally here and I’m happy,” says Edwards.
Earnest had a prolific career at the University of Maine and ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at a local pro day for Rochester athletes. He says that of course, the Rams like his speed, but there were other parts of his game that caught their eyes, too.
“Just my will to get into the endzone, they noticed that a lot,” says Edwards. “Then, just my heart. They obviously said something about my size, you know, 5’10”. But, they see something in me that they’re trying to get so, I’m happy. I’m just glad they’re giving me the opportunity to join their team.”
Edwards says he chose the Rams over the Colts, Bengals, Falcons, and Chargers, who were all interested in signing him.
“It’s definitely fit. I think I can go to the Rams and contribute right away. I sat down with my agent, talking to him. We just went over the depth charts and stuff, they obviously need a couple of receivers,” says Edwards. “I’m trying to come in and be at least in the top six receivers. And then special teams, I know they need a kick returner and punt returner, so I’m trying to go in there and take that spot, too.”
The Rams didn’t wait long to express their interest in signing him as an undrafted free agent, calling him two minutes after the final pick.
“You can just tell when somebody’s really excited about you, they really want you on their team,” says Edwards. “They hit me up every day…they showed the most interest in me.”