NFL update

Posted Aug 5, 2004

A number of former Florida State Seminoles have found a home with the Tampa Bay Bucs over the years, including linebacker Derrick Brooks and quarterback Brad Johnson. The latest to join is cornerback Mario Edwards, a former Cowboys starter who provides a solid nickel back, allowing Dwight Smith to concentrate on the safety position. Click here for an update.

Mario Edwards knows a thing or two about winning.

Edwards was a starter in Florida State's back-to-back national championship game appearances in 1999 and 2000. In his four seasons with the Seminoles, they never finished lower than fourth in the final polls.

Edwards, 28, was a sixth-round selection of the Dallas Cowboys, where he made a nice name for himself as an aggressive cover corner.

Edwards is looking to make the same impact with the Tampa Bay Bucs. The 6-foot, 200-pound Edwards is expected to see plenty of action in the Bucs' nickel and dime packages.

Edwards says his aggressive nature should prove beneficial.

"In Dallas, we were a man-to-man defense, a lot of bump coverage," Edwards told the St. Petersburg Times.

"These days, receivers are getting bigger and faster and you'd like to play a little more bump. I think that's what we're trying to do, play a little more bump coverage.

"I like to think I have a little size to me and with the bigger receivers coming into the league, you have to go to some bigger corners."

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