Jarvis Landry signing with the Saints was bigger news from a fantasy perspective, but I'm intrigued by the Raiders trading Bryan Edwards to another NFC South team, Atlanta. There was a time when Edwards looked like a nice sleeper with Las Vegas, and maybe that can happen in Atlanta.

The new Atlanta quarterback, Marcus Mariota, will recognize Edwards around the locker room; that's a plus. And the Falcons, with Calvin Ridley suspended and Russell Gage departed, have a desperate need for functional wide receivers. They drafted Drake London in the first round, but there might be a learning curve for the rookie, plus he's just one guy. The depth chart is wide open after that.

A couple of preseasons ago, it was reasonable to wonder if third-rounder Edwards would turn out better than first-rounder Henry Ruggs. That was before Ruggs' legal problems which now make that speculation a moot point. But Edwards looked like he was going to be a nice selection, and he's shown some good things with his opportunities the first two seasons.

Most notably, Edwards in his first two seasons has shown some big-play potential. He's averaged 17 yards per catch, and 10.3 yards per target. Among all wide receivers to catch at least 40 passes the last two years, that's a top-10 figure. Data from pro-football-reference.com was used in compiling this table.

Henry Ruggs III795092118.4411.7
Donovan Peoples-Jones784890118.8511.6
Ja'Marr Chase12881145518.01311.4
Will Fuller835790515.9810.9
Deebo Samuel165110179616.3710.9
Julio Jones11682120514.7410.4
Justin Jefferson292196301615.41710.3
Bryan Edwards744576417.0410.3
Kendrick Bourne144104146714.1710.2
Quez Watkins755075315.1210.0
Corey Davis15199147614.999.8
Cam Sims714768814.639.7
Marquez Valdes-Scantling11859112019.099.5
Byron Pringle775572813.269.5
Randall Cobb876681612.489.4
Nelson Agholor14685136916.1119.4
Tyler Lockett239173222912.9189.3
Jalen Guyton1035995916.369.3
Cooper Kupp315237292112.3199.3
A.J. Brown211133194414.6169.2
Chris Godwin211163194311.9129.2
Davante Adams318238292712.3299.2
Gabriel Davis12570114816.4139.2
Tee Higgins218141199914.2129.2
Mike Evans223144204114.2279.2
Allen Lazard1067396413.2119.1
Deonte Harris845675613.549.0
Tim Patrick164104147614.2119.0
Mike Williams214124190215.3148.9
Cedrick Wilson Jr.896279112.888.9
Kalif Raymond865776313.448.9
DeAndre Hopkins224157197912.6148.8
Rashard Higgins996187414.358.8
CeeDee Lamb231153203713.3118.8
Christian Kirk182125160312.8118.8
DeVonta Smith1046491614.358.8
D.K. Metcalf258158227014.4228.8
Emmanuel Sanders154103135213.198.8
Brandon Aiyuk180116157413.6108.7
Brandin Cooks253171218712.8128.6
Mecole Hardman145100125312.568.6
Breshad Perriman784167216.448.6
Tyreek Hill294198251512.7248.6
Van Jefferson12069102214.878.5
Calvin Ridley195121165513.7118.5
Amari Cooper234160197912.4138.5

Sharp eyes will notice Ruggs at the top of this chart; getting receivers downfield is clearly something the Las Vegas offense has wanted to do. Nelson Agholor also shows up on the list; he averaged nearly 11 yards per target with the Raiders in 2020. But there's some potential for Edwards, in a new offense without much at wide receiver.

Edwards' last games with the Raiders were among his better ones. He led the team with 4 receptions for 63 yards in the Week 18 win over the Chargers, putting the Raiders into the postseason, then came back to catch 3 for 41 in ensuing loss to Cincinnati. But he was going to be pushed down the depth chart following the acquisition of Davante Adams. Now he's got a better chance to emerge as one of the top 2 wideouts. There are worse last-round sleepers.

A brief comment on the Saints' signing of Jarvis Landry. The initial reaction was that it cooled the outlook for first-rounder Chris Olave, giving the Saints a couple of proven, veteran wideouts ahead of the rookie. But the immediate second thought was that since Landry is a slot receiver, like Michael Thomas, it's a concern for Thomas' recovery from the world's longest ankle injury.

Just last week, Head Coach Dennis Allen said "There's still a few hurdles that [Thomas] has got to climb, with any of our guys that had any injuries they're trying to get back from." Thomas has appeared in seven games the last two seasons; none last year. He's still recovering. The fact that he's still facing hurdles 18 months after last appearing in a game is not encouraging. I don't think I'd touch him in a draft until get something more positive than what we've seen so far, and the Landry signing just strengthens that worry.

--Andy Richardson