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Qualities Raiders should consider in their search for an edge rusher

The Edge Bender is a player possessing size, speed, and elite hand placement. The edge bender, is set apart by a very unique ability to drop his hips and cut hard and fast around a tackle. The best edge benders have “Oily hips” or an ability to change direction quickly and efficiently, and start off every play with a sprinter’s “get off.”

There isn’t a clear cut definition for an edge player. In fact, modern edge players, play an adaptation of the old 52 defense.

When looking for an edge player, in essence what was formerly a tweener, is now a coveted player.