The two teams are set to meet in a League One encounter this afternoon at the Stadium of Light and Shrewsbury head into the fixture having seen their last three league matches postponed.
Assessing their opponents, who were beaten 2-1 by Plymouth Argyle in their last match, Edwards said that that the hosts will look to make a quick start and will feel they need to apply early pressure.
“Sunderland are a huge side for League One but there is no reason why we can’t go there and get a positive result”, Edwards told his club’s official website.
“It’s always difficult playing against a team with a new manager and I know Lee Johnson’s team play out from the back.
“We know they are going to start fast being the home team.
“There will be pressure on them to come and attack us. We have to be ready for that and put our own stamp on the game.”
However, the Shrewsbury midfielder warned that his side always find ways to exploit their opponents’ weaknesses and will look to do the same against Sunderland.
“We are very well drilled now on the formation we play and we always find little ways in preparation for games of ways to hurt the opposition.
“They have good players and play some good football but we are ready for that.”
Edwards, 34, started his career at Shrewsbury, but moved on to Luton Town before then having a lengthy spell at Wolves.
He joined Reading in 2017 and returned to Shrewsbury in 2019.