New York Jets: Braylon Edwards

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It's the weekly Jets Mailbag and since Rich Cimini is out of the office this weekend, I'll be tackling your questions.

Braylon Edwards' release is short-sighted

August, 26, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- In a conversation two weeks ago about his future with the Jets, Braylon Edwards was confident he'd make the 53-man roster. He felt he had a strong ally in GM John Idzik, a former Seahawks executive who watched him play last season.

"The talent is there, that's what people need to realize," Edwards told ESPNNewYork.com. "John Idzik was in Seattle. If he saw a diminished player, I don't think he would've brought me here."

As it turned out, Edwards was wrong about Idzik. On Monday, the Jets released him -- hardly a surprise, but a move that raises questions. The Jets could've used Edwards' veteran presence at wide receiver, a position filled with durability and maturity concerns. They apparently felt Edwards was expendable with the return of Santonio Holmes, who practiced Monday for the first time on his surgically repaired foot, and the addition of Mohamed Massaquoi.

Let's not put Massaquoi in Canton. Remember, he was released by the Jaguars, a team desperate for wide receivers. There's always a chance the Jets could re-sign Edwards after Week 1, when his salary wouldn't be guaranteed, but that doesn't seem likely -- unless there's an injury. The problem with Edwards is that he doesn't play special teams, and it's hard to justify him as a No. 5 receiver if he's not contributing in the kicking game. That's why the Jets should've made him their No. 4.

Right now, the Jets' depth chart looks like this:

Starters: Holmes, Stephen Hill

Backups: Jeremy Kerley, Clyde Gates

Competing for roster spots: Massaquoi, Ryan Spadola, Ben Obomanu

Milliner, Braylon among inactives

August, 24, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rookie CB Dee Milliner, who aggravated a calf injury last week and missed the entire week of practice, was among the Jets' inactives for Saturday night's game against the Giants. Kyle Wilson was expected to start for Milliner.

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AP Photo/Bill KostrounSantonio Holmes, flanked here by Rex Ryan and Greg McElroy, ran pass routes before Saturday night's game.
WR Braylon Edwards, who also didn't practice, sat out with a leg injury. It was an important game for Edwards, who is battling for a roster spot. Newly signed WR Mohamed Massaquoi dressed for the game, but it was unclear how much he'd play. Another veteran newcomer, OT Jason Smith, also was expected to dress.

Other inactives for the Jets: LB Quinton Coples (ankle), NT Kenrick Ellis (back), LB Josh Mauga (back), C Dalton Freeman (ankle) and WR Santonio Holmes (foot).

Holmes, activated Friday from the physically unable-to-perform list, looked ready to play in the pregame warmups. In warmup attire, he ran pass routes and cut hard at full speed. Just the other day, Holmes cast doubt on his imminent return, claiming he still wasn't able to cut. That apparently isn't an issue anymore. Catching passes from QB Greg McElroy, he ran an entire route tree under the supervision of WRs coach Sanjay Lal.

Braylon still sees himself as 'elite'

August, 13, 2013
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Braylon Edwards hasn't been a productive player since 2010, but he still believes he can be an "elite" receiver in the NFL. You have to admire his confidence. We all know the Jets could use some swagger on offense.

"I'm starting to get into camp shape, that groove, that vibe," Edwards said. "Now is the chance to really go after it and really show these guys I still have it and that I can play at an elite level to help this team win games."

With Santonio Holmes still on the mend, Edwards is their most accomplished receiver, no contest. He might not be the player he was in 2007, when he was one of the best receivers in the league, but he still has enough to offer at the age of 30. He's a gamer, and the Jets need gamers.

Curiously, it seems like he's fighting for a roster spot. He played 27 offensive snaps in the first game, an unusually high number for a nine-year vet. When a veteran still is playing into the fourth quarter of the first preseason game, it can be an ominous sign.

"I can't think about what's going on with the depth chart, one to six," Edwards said. "I need to worry about one-seven" -- meaning his number, 17.

Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley are locks to make the team, and Clyde Gates probably will stick, too. After that, it's Edwards and rookie Ryan Spadola, an impressive free agent. Edwards wouldn't say he's a shoo-in -- he's been around this business long enough to know there are very few gimmes -- but he likes his chances because of GM John Idzik.

Idzik, a former Seahawks executive, saw Edwards up-close last season in Seattle. Edwards felt he was the team's best receiver at the start of the season, and he believes Idzik recognizes his ability.

"The talent is there, that's what people need to realize," Edwards said. "John Idzik was in Seattle. If he saw a diminished player, I don't think he would've brought me here."

If Idzik is smart, he'll keep him here because Calvin Johnson isn't walking through the door.

Practice report: Gimpy Geno throws INT

August, 11, 2013
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Despite a noticeable limp, rookie Geno Smith took the majority of the practice reps Sunday, per the Jets' quarterback rotation. Smith was exceptionally sharp -- except for one bad play.

Smith misread a play in the red zone, throwing into the middle of the end zone for WR Ryan Spadola. He didn't see CB Antonio Cromartie, who made the interception. Only a few days ago, Rex Ryan emphasized the importance of avoiding turnovers in the red zone.

That was Smith's only hiccup. Working with the first unit, he completed seven of 10 passes (one drop), with four touchdowns. Two TDs came on 25-yard strikes to TE Jeff Cumberland, who beat OLB Calvin Pace both times. The other two came in a goal-line drill, both rollouts in which Smith found TE Konrad Reuland in the back corner of the end zone. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg kept calling rollouts despite Smith's mildly sprained right ankle. Afterward, Smith admitted he was less than 100 percent.

Smith was sacked one time, by NT Kenrick Ellis. He received an earful from Mornhinweg, who wanted Smith to get rid of the ball. That has been an ongoing issue with Smith.

It wasn't a particularly good day for Sanchez, who went 3-for-9 (one drop), with one TD and one sack. In the goal-line drill, he hit TE Chris Pantale for three yards on a rollout. On a similar play, he missed an open TE Hayden Smith in the back of the end zone.

TOUGH DAY FOR BRAY: WR Braylon Edwards dropped a pass and, earlier, incurred the wrath of Mornhinweg for not finishing two plays in a one-on-one drill. On the second one, Edwards responded, telling Mornhinweg he stopped because a flag was thrown. Mornhinweg didn't care. Essentially, he told Edwards this wasn't a Pro Bowl practice and that he needed to hustle for the duration of the play. Edwards declined an interview request after practice.

ATTENDANCE REPORT: RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) took part in positional drills, but stayed out of team drills. He has yet to practice fully. ... RB Joe McKnight, who missed a few days with a head injury, returned on a limited basis. He wore the red jersey (non-contact), as did FB Lex Hilliard (ribs). ... OLB Garrett McIntyre, who hurt his knee in the game, practiced. ... LB Josh Mauga (back), WR Titus Ryan (hamstring) and C Dalton Freeman (ankle) didn't practice. ... TE Kellen Winslow rested.

ODDS AND ENDS: As expected, S Jaiquawn Jarrett moved up to first-team defense. ... WR Stephen Hill, continuing his strong camp, made a 50-yard reception in 7-on-7. Nice throw from Smith. ... QB Matt Simms threw a long TD pass to Hayden Smith. Later, in 7-on-7, Simms was intercepted by CB Mike Edwards. ... Rex Ryan, who was criticized for not watching the offense during the preseason opener, spent the first portion of practice on the offensive side of the field.

Camp Confidential: New York Jets

August, 9, 2013
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The New York Jets haven’t faced expectations this low since 2006, when they hired a relatively anonymous New England Patriots assistant named Eric Mangini. Somehow, they made the playoffs under the baby-faced head coach.

The odds of duplicating that this season are about the same as seeing two Butt Fumbles in one lifetime.

Even the bombastic Rex Ryan, who once guaranteed a Super Bowl, has refrained from delivering a headline-making prediction. The Jets are rated in many power polls as a bottom-five team, but that stoked Ryan’s fire to only a medium flame.

“If you’re a competitor, how does that thing not get to you?” Ryan said. “How does that not motivate you? It’s almost like, ‘Well, OK, we’re going to show you.’”

In the not-so-old days, Ryan would’ve said something like, “We’ll see who has the egg on their face when we’re in the playoffs.”

Ryan has toned it down because he recognizes the enormity of the challenge.

The Jets, coming off a dysfunctional, Tim Tebow-obsessed 6-10 season, are rebuilding. New general manager John Idzik parted ways with 11 starters (including All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis), tore apart the front office and changed the culture.

Idzik, hired even though he has little background in personnel, instilled a buttoned-down, almost paranoid environment in an organization once known for its wacky ways.

The circus is gone. The Kremlin is here.

It’s a change for the fun-loving Ryan, but he has bought in because he’s coaching for his job. He joked recently that if the Jets are in position to draft Jadeveon Clowney, the presumptive No. 1 pick in 2014, he won’t be around to see it.

Earth to Ryan: You won’t be around if you finish with as many as six wins. Idzik inherited Ryan, at the urging of owner Woody Johnson, and he will hire his own man if the team shows no improvement.

In a way, Ryan is in an almost impossible situation. His roster was gutted, leaving a team many scouts believe has only four top-tier players: cornerback Antonio Cromartie, defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, center Nick Mangold and left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson.

Throw in a potential quarterback controversy, and you’re looking at a long year in New York.

THREE HOT ISSUES

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AP Photo/Rich Schultz"He can do more" than Mark Sanchez, one veteran player said of rookie quarterback Geno Smith.
1. Who plays quarterback? The competition is billed as Mark Sanchez versus Geno Smith. In reality, it’s Smith versus Smith. It’s his job to win. If the second-round pick proves capable of functioning in an NFL offense, he’ll be the opening-day starter.

Sanchez will start the first preseason game, but his performance is virtually meaningless. The Jets know what he can and can’t do, and it has been a “can’t-do” situation over the past two seasons. If it weren’t for an $8.25 million guarantee, he probably would have been cut loose in the offseason.

The organization wants a fresh start at quarterback. It went into camp thinking Sanchez would win by default, but Smith, shaking off a lackluster spring, has impressed with his arm strength, accuracy and athleticism. “He can do more” than Sanchez, one veteran player said. The question is whether or not Smith can handle it from a mental and maturity standpoint. When his brain catches up to his arm, it’ll be his team.

2. How will they score points? The Jets finished 28th in scoring last season, and they will be hard pressed to improve that ranking. They have a suspect cast of skill-position players, including past-their-prime pass-catchers (Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow), a lead back who’s never had more than 137 carries in a season (Chris Ivory) and an injured former Super Bowl hero who may never be the same (Santonio Holmes).

New offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is an experienced playcaller, but it’s hard to call plays when you don’t have the talent. The Jets need productive seasons out of wide receiver Stephen Hill and tight end Jeff Cumberland, who have a combined total of 53 career receptions. Holmes could be a factor at some point, but he probably won’t be ready for Week 1 as he continues to rehab a surgically repaired foot. Get the picture? It looks bleak.

Because of the uncertainty at quarterback and the lack of playmakers on the perimeter, the Jets absolutely must be a strong running team. That’s not out of the question -- the line is solid -- but they will see a heavy dose of eight-man fronts and run-blitzing defenses.

3. Can Ryan hold it together? After back-to-back seasons out of the playoffs, Ryan faces a make-or-break year. He has two years left on his contract, meaning he’ll be extended or fired after the season. He has no previous background with Idzik, making it a tenuous situation.

Thinking self-preservation, Ryan has taken control of the defense, becoming the de facto coordinator. He did it this way in 2009, when he felt most comfortable as a head coach. He’ll leave the offense to Mornhinweg, whose pass-happy philosophy might not be a good fit with Ryan’s defensive-oriented approach.

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Rich Barnes/USA TODAY SportsRex Ryan, left, will likely need more than last season's six wins if he wants new general manager John Idzik, right, to keep him around.
Ryan’s job security will be an issue throughout the season, especially if the Jets get off to a bad start against a tough schedule. It could become a feeding frenzy for the New York media. It may not be playoffs or bust, but another losing season probably will mean the end of the Ryan era.

REASON FOR OPTIMISM

Once again, the Jets will rely on their defense -- and that’s not such a bad thing.

Under Ryan, they’ve finished no worse than eighth in total defense, and they have the talent to keep the streak alive. There could be some growing pains as Ryan integrates seven new starters, but the unit should get stronger as the season progresses.

Revis is gone, traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the Jets will be OK outside with Cromartie and top pick Dee Milliner. They’re good enough to play man-to-man coverage, which will allow Ryan to crank up his blitzing schemes.

They don’t have a big-time pass-rusher -- the glaring deficiency -- but this is the most athletic defensive line of the Ryan era. And it should be, considering they’ve drafted linemen in the past three first rounds. If Quinton Coples and rookie Sheldon Richardson develop as quickly as Wilkerson, already one of the league’s best 3-4 ends, this group will be fun to watch.

REASON FOR PESSIMISM

The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and the Jets’ quarterback situation is as murky as any in the league. It’s a controversy waiting to happen.

Sanchez still has the loyalty of a few holdovers in the locker room, but there are many players intrigued by Smith’s skill set. If Sanchez wins the job and struggles, it could create a division in the locker room.

Nothing drains the energy out of a team more than a quarterback mess. It happened last year with Sanchez and Tebow, although this could be more volatile because Smith -- unlike Tebow -- can actually play the position.

Sanchez has lost the home fans, who booed him mercilessly last season. If the toxicity carries over to this season, it will create a bad vibe, and that can bring down an entire team. A difficult first-half schedule won’t help matters.

OBSERVATION DECK

  • The Jets are relying on several players with recent injury histories, including Winslow (limited in camp), Edwards (limited), Holmes, guard Willie Colon, wide receiver Clyde Gates and kick returner Joe McKnight. That’s always a dicey proposition.
  • The Jets have been spoiled for two decades at running back, but not anymore. This marks the first time since 1994 that no one on the roster has a 1,000-yard season in his career. It will be backfield by committee, with Ivory (yet to practice because of a hamstring injury), Bilal Powell and McKnight. Mike Goodson was supposed to be a key player, but he’s dealing with undisclosed personal issues and didn’t report to camp. Powell, a pleasant surprise, could end up as the lead back.
  • Remember all the talk last summer about Tebow and the Wildcat? It was all hot air, as the Jets barely used him. Tebow is gone, but the plan remains. They will use the Wildcat with Powell or wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, and they plan to use the read option with Smith. Ironic, huh?
  • Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman will keep opponents guessing by employing different looks. The Jets remain a 3-4 base defense, but don’t be surprised if they mix in 4-3 fronts. They will blitz a lot more than last season, count on it. You also could see three cornerbacks (Kyle Wilson lining up as a safety) in certain base packages.
  • Wilkerson doesn’t garner too many headlines because he doesn’t say much, but he’s a special talent. He felt he deserved to go to the Pro Bowl last season; he’s ready to break through in ’13.
  • Mornhinweg, a Bill Walsh disciple, employs a West Coast offense, but he’s not the stereotypical West Coast guru. He’s an aggressive playcaller and will take deep shots. That should bode well for Hill, a vertical threat who has matured after a disappointing rookie year.
  • The Jets could have three rookies in the opening day lineup -- Smith, Milliner and Richardson. The last time they had as many as two was 2006, Ferguson and Mangold. By the end of the year, Brian Winters could be starting at left guard. It could be a watershed draft
  • Looking for a sleeper? Keep an eye on second-year linebacker Demario Davis, who replaces Bart Scott. Davis is terrific in pass coverage, so good in space that Ryan is thinking about keeping his base defense on the field against certain three-receiver packages.

What we learned on Day 7

July, 31, 2013
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Observations from the press box:

1. Game on: I don't know if Geno Smith is the real deal -- too early to say -- but I know this: This is a real competition. If Mark Sanchez doesn't get his act together, he'll be an $8.25 million backup.

2. Watch your words: Braylon Edwards was considerably less forthcoming with his opinions on the quarterback competition than he was on Day 1. You remember that, don't you? Edwards made headlines by comparing Smith to Russell Wilson, adding that Sanchez could be in trouble if he makes the same mistakes he has in the past. Evidently, the Thought Police got to Edwards, who noted that he could get in trouble for saying too much. I appreciate Edwards' candor. I think his opinions matter because he's been around the league for a decade. His watered-down comments tell us the higher-ups are trying to manage a potentially explosive QB situation.

3. Ah, so this is an offense: Maybe it's just me, but the offensive operation looks a whole lot more organized than last year. The drills run smoothly and there are fewer mistakes in practice than last year, as far as I can tell. I think the Marty Mornhinweg-David Lee combination will help a lot; they're proven coaches. Does that mean the offense will finish better than 30th, last year's embarrassing ranking? Impossible to tell at this point, but at least it'll have a plan.

The Snap: Training camp, Day 2

July, 26, 2013
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Finally, football.

The Jets practice Friday for the first time, from 10 a.m. to noon at SUNY-Cortland -- open to the public. They will practice in shells for the first two days, easing in before going to full pads on Sunday.

Storylines:

1. Quarterbacks: The Mark Sanchez-Geno Smith competition will be the headline act in Ryan's fifth camp. The coaches expect Smith, lackluster in spring drills, to make a huge leap in training camp. It'll be interesting to see how they split the reps. Chances are, they will alternate practices with the first team.

2. No-shows: As of Thursday night, first-round pick Dee Milliner was unsigned. They figure to be light at running back, with Mike Goodson (did not report) and Joe McKnight (non-football injury list) still not on the active roster.

3. Brownie points: Many eyes will be on former Browns teammates Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow. In 2007, they were a lethal tandem. That was a long time ago, but the Jets -- thin on offense -- are counting on them.

The Snap: Training camp, Day 1

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Year 5 of the Rex Ryan era begins in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

On Thursday, the Jets report to training camp at SUNY-Cortland, where they trained in 2009, 2010 and 2012. (In 2011, they stayed in Florham Park, N.J., because of the lockout.) They break camp Aug. 14.

While in Cortland, they will conduct 14 practices plus the annual Green & White scrimmage on Aug. 3. The first practice is Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon (open to the public). The first two practices are in shells; the players won't be in full pads until Sunday.

Thursday is check-in day, when players and coaches arrive and report for their dorm assignments. It's always an interesting sight, millionaire athletes checking into college dorms. Athletes from the other major team sports never have to rough it like this.

Rex Ryan and the players will be available to the media. The Day 1 hot-button topics:

1. The QB battle: Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith did a lot of chirping during the six-week hiatus; now it's time to walk the walk. Smith will be grilled about his no-show at "Jets West" and his recent "great shot" comment about winning the starting job. Was that a great shot at Sanchez?

2. Contract issues: Their top draft pick, CB Dee Milliner, remains unsigned. Fellow first-rounder, DT Sheldon Richardson, is on the verge of a four-year, $10.05 million deal and is expected in Cortland. Milliner's surgically repaired shoulder bears watching. He missed the offseason and will be eased in slowly, perhaps starting on the injured list.

3. Cleveland East: WR Braylon Edwards is expected to sign a one-year contract and will be in Cortland, marking his third stint with the team. He will be reunited with TE Kellen Winslow, a former teammate with the Browns. They formed a lethal tandem in 2007, combining for 162 catches, 2,395 yards and 21 touchdowns. But in the NFL, that was forever ago.

4. Rex on the hot seat: This could be Ryan's final season with the Jets. No doubt, he'll have something to say about that. He already talked plenty in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com.

5. Tone Time: WR Santonio Holmes (foot) opens camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list. This was known for months; the question is, how long before he's cleared to practice?

Analysis: Braylon's back -- again

July, 24, 2013
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Thoughts and observations on WR Braylon Edwards, who is planning to sign a one-year contract, a source familiar with the deal told ESPN Insider Adam Schefter:

1. Desperation: Why not? Obviously, a 30-year-old receiver with only 33 catches over the last two seasons isn't a savior, but he will upgrade a young and beat up receiving corps that was neglected in the offseason by new GM John Idzik. Edwards was the Jets' most productive receiver over the final three games last year -- 10 catches. That's not saying much, but you get the picture. Look, at this point, you're not going to find anything better on the scrap heap.

2. Chemistry: Edwards and QB Mark Sanchez have always had a nice rapport on the field. The highlight was 2010, when Sanchez enjoyed his best year and Edwards averaged 17 yards per catch. Who can forget that tremendous catch-and-run for a touchdown in the playoff win over the Patriots? Edwards' 6-foot-3 frame, and his ability to adjust to off-the-mark throws, makes him quarterback-friendly.

3. Concern: The 11th-hour decision to make this move tells me there's some concern about Santonio Holmes and surgically-repaired foot -- and, possibly, Stephen Hill, who was slowed by post-surgical knee soreness in the offseason. The Jets are hoping Holmes is ready by Week 1. If not, Edwards is an insurance policy.

4. Combustible locker room: Suddenly, the Jets have three headstrong veterans in Edwards, Holmes and TE Kellen Winslow, who played with Edwards in Cleveland and lobbied (via Twitter) for his return. The Jets tried this in 2011, with Holmes, Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason, and it blew up. If adversity strikes -- and it will -- Rex Ryan could be putting out brushfires.

Jets cut RB Bell; make room for Braylon?

December, 11, 2012
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It sure looks like the Jets are paving the way for a Braylon Edwards return.

On Tuesday morning, they cleared a roster spot for a wide receiver by releasing RB Kahlil Bell, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Edwards, a former Jet who bashed the organization last week on Twitter, was released Monday from the Seahawks' injured reserve. The Jets expressed immediate interest in Edwards, ESPNNewYork.com reported Monday night.

It seems like an unlikely reunion, considering Edwards said on Twitter that the Jets' decision makers are "idiots" for the way they've treated QB Mark Sanchez, but the Jets are desperate for bodies at receiver. They have only two healthy receivers with experience -- Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens.

Edwards doesn't know Tony Sparano's system, but he has a good rapport with Sanchez. Edwards apologized for his scathing tweet last week, claiming he has the "utmost respect" for the Jets' front office.

It's interesting that the Jets would release Bell. He was supposed to be inactive Sunday in Jacksonville, but he dressed as the 46th player (instead of QB Greg McElroy) because RB Joe McKnight developed a migraine and the Jets wanted a fourth running back.

Sanchez: Braylon goes overboard

December, 5, 2012
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Mark Sanchez saw Braylon Edwards' now-infamous tweet. He appreciated the public support, but he said his former teammate went "a little overboard."

Yep, he sure did. Edwards referred to the Jets' hierarchy as "idiots."

"I think it was kind of an emotional thing," Sanchez said Wednesday. "I saw his apology, too. I know he loved being here. He loved the guys in this locker room, he loved the people upstairs. It was more of a 'It's-my-guy, I'm-standing-up-for-him' kind of thing.

"Friendship-wise, sure, I appreciate it. Professionally, it's not my position to say. I feel sorry for the guy because he's really sorry about it. I appreciate his support, but he might have went a little overboard there."

On Tuesday, Edwards chimed in on the Jets' QB controversy, tweeting: "Don't blame Sanchez. I played there. Blame the idiots calling shots. Mark is a beast and will prove it when given a proper chance."

A few hours later, Edwards tweeted an apology, but the damage already had been done. He was waived by the Seahawks.

Braylon, foot in mouth, gets boot

December, 4, 2012
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Former Jets receiver Braylon Edwards tried to defend Mark Sanchez on Twitter, and he ended up signing his pink slip.

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Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY SportsBraylon Edwards has a grand total of 23 receptions in the two seasons since he left the Jets.
Edwards, who referred to the Jets' front office as "idiots" for the way it has treated Sanchez, was released Tuesday by the Seahawks. He was waived/injured.

Coincidence? Probably not.

Edwards, who played with the Jets in 2009 and 2010, tweeted this gem: "Don't blame Sanchez. I played there. Blame the idiots calling shots. Mark is a beast and will prove it when given a proper chance."

Edwards didn't name names, but he was obviously referring to GM Mike Tannenbaum, owner Woody Johnson and perhaps even coach Rex Ryan.

A few hours later, Edwards was in serious damage control. He offered another tweet, trying to make amends:

"I would like to apologize to the Jets family and my fans for my emotional outburst. Mark is a friend and former teammate who I wholeheartedly support. Nonetheless, I have disrespected and insulted an administration that I have the utmost respect for."

Edwards, whose career has been in decline since leaving the Jets as a free agent, caught only eight passes for the Seahawks. In 2011, he had only 15 receptions for the 49ers.

Braylon defends Sanchez, blames 'idiots'

December, 4, 2012
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Mark Sanchez, who could be on the verge of losing his starting job, received loud support from former teammate Braylon Edwards, who blasted the Jets' hierarchy.

"Don't blame Sanchez," the Seahawks' wide receiver Tweeted early Tuesday. "I played there. Blame the idiots calling shots. Mark is a beast and will prove it when given a proper chance."

Edwards didn't name names, but he was obviously referring to GM Mike Tannenbaum, owner Woody Johnson and perhaps even coach Rex Ryan.

Edwards played with the Jets in 2009 and 2010, developing a good, on-the-field rapport with Sanchez. He attended Sanchez's "Jets West" camp in Southern California during the 2011 lockout even though he was a free agent.

As it turned out, the Jets opted for Santonio Holmes (also a free agent at the time) over Edwards, whose career has declined. There were rumblings around the team last summer of some interest in Edwards, but he ended up in Seattle.

UPDATE: On Tuesday afternoon, Edwards tweeted: "I would like to apologize to the Jets family and my fans for my emotional outburst. Mark is a friend and former teammate who I wholeheartedly support. Nonetheless, I have disrespected and insulted an administration that I have the utmost respect for."
Braylon Edwards has made good on a promise he made a few years ago by sending 100 Cleveland-area students to college.

The New York Jets wide receiver tweeted Thursday that "as the 2nd most hated man in Clev & a man of my word," he was honoring his commitment to pay for the students' college tuitions if they reached certain academic goals.

Edwards is giving about $1 million to the students from the ADVANCE 100 program, established by the receiver's foundation while he was playing in Cleveland.

"Guys, enjoy and embrace your new beginnings," Edwards tweeted, "and remember your promise to me, to reach back & help someone else along the way."

Edwards is scheduled to be a free agent, but says he wants to stay with the Jets.

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