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New Orleans Saints cornerback Justin Hardee (34), left, and running back Trey Edmunds (33) celebrate Hardee's block of a punt by Tampa Bay Buccaneers punter Bryan Anger (9) and and his recovery of the ball for a touchdown during the first half Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

Trey Edmunds has spent most of the season doing the dirty work in the kicking game. 

Undrafted after injuries derailed his time at Virginia Tech and Maryland, Edmunds ended up making the roster in a surprise move, largely because of his ability in the kicking game. 

But with the game well in hand in the fourth quarter, Edmunds got the first offensive snaps of his NFL career and made the most of them, ripping off a 41-yard touchdown run to cap a dominant day for the Saints' running game.

"I'm just here to do whatever the team wants me to do, and I'm going to 100 percent at whatever I'm doing," Edmunds said. "Today, it just so happened that my big play was on the offensive side."

He's made plenty of big plays in the kicking game. Edmunds hit the season's halfway point with five tackles, tied for the team lead along with Justin Hardee, another undrafted rookie. 

Edmunds ended up getting nine carries, most of which required him to get hard yards against a Bills defense that knew the Saints were trying to grind out the clock.

Then the New Orleans got him free on the left side, and Edmunds hit the afterburners to score his first NFL touchdown. 

"I saw a lot of green grass, I saw daylight and I didn't want to get caught," Edmunds said. "So I just reverted to my old ways."

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