Thursday, October 8, 2009
How badly does Braylon drop the ball?
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Braylon Edwards is synonymous with the dropsies.
The New York Jets' prized acquisition has bobbled passes like nobody else over the past couple of years.
Edwards had a breakout season in 2007, catching 80 balls for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns. But he also has been plagued with cement hands that drove Cleveland Browns fans bonkers.
Elias Sports Bureau tallied 30 on-target drops for Edwards from the start of 2007. That's tied with Brandon Marshall for most in the NFL over that span.
But Edwards has caught only 145 passes in that timeframe, while Marshall has made 222 receptions. That gives Edwards an astronomical 17.1 drop percentage (on-target drops divided by catchable passes), by far the highest of any player with 80 or more receptions since 2007.
At his introductory news conference, Edwards was asked about his droptastic reputation.
"Us being the athletes that we are, a lot of times we try to make moves without the ball," Edwards said. "You tend to make your next move before you have the ball. This is something you take back to college.
"My college receivers coach always told me, 'One, two, three. Catch, tuck it, then run.' That's something that I’ve been doing lately, and it's been working out for me.
"At the end of the day, it's just slowing down. A lot of times, things happen so fast or it's pressing or you're trying to do too much. Slow down and do the easy stuff."