Given the holiday season is upon us, some folks are dreaming of a white Christmas. Others are dreaming of Jeanie with the light brown hair (hum the tune together now). Vikings cornerback Dovonte Edwards, meanwhile, is trying to program his dreams to center around football.
That means this week the Vikings rookie hopes visions of Cleveland Browns will be dancing in his head, dropping passes, and deflecting balls into Edwards' hands.
"No dreams yet," Edwards said Wednesday. "But hopefully I can dream about them this week."
Normally, a player's brain activity during deep slumbers would be left to his private life. But in Edwards' case, at least one dream became reality. Last weekend, a day before the Vikings beat the Packers, Edwards dreamt he would intercept Brett Favre. Reality upped fantasy by a notch when Edwards pranced 51 yards and somersaulted in the air over the goal line for a touchdown.
"I'm still paying for that a little bit," Edwards said. "I've got a little bruise on my rear end. I was just thinking score, score, score, and at the end, I was thinking what the heck, man, make it special."
Ever since Fred Smoot partially broke his collarbone, Edwards has been doing his best to make a special impact. With Brian Williams moving into Smoot's starting role, Ralph Brown moved up to nickel back and Edwards was activated into the dime back role before the New York Giants game two weeks ago.
The reviews on the Vikings' pass defense (not to mention a 2-0 record) since Smoot's injury have been solid. The Vikings especially take pride in Edwards' development because he went undrafted. Edwards survived training camp cuts and landed on the practice squad to start the season. But when at least one NFL team was rumored to be interested in plucking Edwards from the practice squad, the Vikings protected him by moving him to the active 53-man roster.
"We activated him because we had heard rumblings we were going to lose him to the Jets," Tice said. "We cut a really good solid football player in Ken Irvin, a great leader and one of the most high-character players I've been around. But we thought so much of Dovonte Edwards we released Ken Irvin to give Dovonte a chance to get on the field. That's how high we were on him."
Edwards said Wednesday there were a few teams interested in signing him as an undrafted free agent. But the fact Tice was an undrafted free agent himself, Edwards said he committed to the Vikings because the thought he would be afforded more of a chance to play.
"I had a few teams interested, but I'm a Viking," Edwards said. "I'm going to stay loyal with this franchise because they took a chance on me. Any time you pick up and undrafted rookie free agent, you're taking a chance and hopefully it's paying off for this franchise."
Edwards is one of a handful of undrafted free agents Tice admires.
"Those college free agents… I really enjoy being around," Tice said. "They seem to have a different passion and approach to their profession. When they get a chance, normally they do well with it."
Edwards hopes to continue to do well Sunday against the Browns. He has watched film of his performance last week against the Packers and professes that each week his confidence is growing.
"I've always been a confident guy, but making a big play on a big-time stage (Monday in Lambeau Field) gives me that much more confidence. I played pretty solid. I still have to go back to the drawing board and correct a few things, but I feel like I played solid and I just want to build off of that."
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