"It's great being out on the field and getting my hands in the dirt. It's just what I do," Edwards said. "Being without it does something to me. I'm really enjoying this."
For Edwards, who was forced out of action for the entire 2011 season (his first season with the Panthers) with a triceps injury, his present joy is a stark contrast to the hurt he felt last year.
"It's like being that kid locked up in school and watching everybody else out there playing around through the window," Edwards said of his rehabilitation process. "Being out here again is making my year."
And he can make a difference for defensive line coach Eric Washington's unit, as well as the Panthers defense as a whole.
"He has the ability to make our defense work, to make our defense fit," Washington said. "We're excited about having him out there."
Looking forward to seeing him at camp as well.