Hamlin finished second in points in 2010 and third in 2006 and 2014.
Edwards has a career average race finish of 13.5.
Hamlin has a career average race finish of 14.5.
Both drivers have won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Edwards in 2011 and Hamlin in 2015.
Neither Hamlin nor Edwards has won the Daytona 500 or the Brickyard 400.
Both drivers will have new crew chiefs this year: Mike Wheeler for Hamlin and Dave Rogers for Edwards.
You add it all up, and the two JGR teammates are nearly equal in their respective career achievements, which means favoring one ahead of the other would be awfully tough. And with fellow JGR pilots Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth already with championships to their credit, the biggest title obstacles for Hamlin and Edwards finally earning a Sprint Cup title might be on their own team.