Jets reunite with WR Braylon Edwards
Braylon Edwards had his most recent success with the New York Jets, playing over 28 games in two seasons while registering 88 catches for 1,445 yards and 11 touchdowns. The 29-year-old Braylon Edwards also developed great chemistry with starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, helping to take the New York Jets to consecutive AFC title runs in 2009 and 2010.
Only a week ago, Braylon Edwards came forth with social media posts that were supportive of Mark Sanchez (through his downward spiral), but critical of the organization itself.
"I played there. Blame the idiots calling shots,” Braylon expressed over Rex Ryan’s then pending quarterback changes in light of Mark Sanchez’s lacking performance this season. “Mark is a beast and will (prove) it when given a proper chance."
A day later, Braylon Edwards apologized for the “emotional outburst” in his former post, adding that he had the “utmost respect” for the New York Jets.
Now many are pondering whether the New York Jets are drawn to adding another piece by favoring Braylon Edwards over a pool of other free agent receivers available in the market, or are they turning out to be the bigger man…just looking out for what’s best for the organization.
Braylon Edwards had an unproductive year in Seattle, posting just eight catches for 74 yards and a touchdown over 10 game before landing on the injured-reserve, and subsequently being released by the Seattle Seahawks on Monday. Additionally, Braylon Edwards’ single season campaign with the San Francisco 49ers was equally unimpressive after he finished with 15 catches for 181 yards in nine games. In fact, Braylon Edwards has struggled overtime to return to his past productive form after sustaining multiple injuries and developing knee issues since leaving New York Jets.
Still, Braylon Edwards seemed to have earned Rex Ryan’s favor when the New York Jets coach discussed Edwards as a potential roster prospect on Monday.
"You guys know what I've always said about Braylon in the past, so you know how I feel about him," said Rex Ryan. "But right now, I think we'll just focus on the guys we have."
The New York Jets are only one game short of the final AFC wild-card spot, with three weeks left to pay. Braylon Edwards could help the New York Jets make their case by bolstering the offense, which lost rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill (to right knee LCL sprain) in Sunday’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Stephen Hill could be out a few weeks while second-year receiver Clyde Gates is also dealing with a concussion.
The New York Jets are already playing without their top receiver Santonio Holmes, who made an early season exit with foot injury, building pressure on healthy receivers Jeremy Kerley, Mardy Gilyard, Chaz Schilens and rookie Jordan White.
Although Braylon Edwards will be adapting to a new system under offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, Edwards blocking skills will play well with Sparano’s run-first offense.
On the whole, Braylon Edwards seemed quite pleased in his reunion with the New York Jets.
"It feels great to be going home," tweeted Braylon Edwards. "Thanks to all of Jet Nation that continuously supported me and pushed for me. I'm back and it's go time."