- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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Braylon Edwards' former teammates are excited to have him back.
Several Jets, including quarterback Mark Sanchez, told the Newark Star-Ledger at Brandon Moore's charity event at the Newark Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday that they were glad to have the wide receiver back in the mix as the Jets make their push for the playoffs.
"It's awesome," Sanchez told the paper. "He'll fit right in, I'm sure."
Edwards played for the Jets in the 2009 and 2010 seasons and caught 88 balls and 11 touchdowns. While he never topped 1,000 yards in either of his two seasons with Gang Green, he helped the team to back-to-back AFC Championship game appearances.
"I was always fond of Braylon," Moore said to the Star-Ledger. "He made a lot of plays for us, won some games with him and had a lot of great experiences with him. We need the help with Stephen (Hill) going down, Santonio (Holmes), and all the other injuries we’re dealing with at that position. He can come in and help us right away. ... I'm all for it."
In the two seasons since Edwards left the Jets he has caught just 23 balls for 255 yards and one touchdown while playing for the 49ers and Seahawks. This year, Edwards had just eight catches for 74 yards and one touchdown in 10 games with the Seahawks before his release.
"It's a good comfort level for him," linebacker David Harris said to the paper. "When he was here before he had a good connection with him. He goes out and lays it on the line for his quarterback, diving for passes, jumping over guys. Even better as a run-blocker, which he doesn’t get credit for. He’s going to be another huge piece for our wide receiver corps. Professional guy. So we look for a lot of positive things from him."
Shortly before he was released from the Seahawks, Edwards defended Sanchez on twitter, tweeting "blame the idiots calling shots" and calling Sanchez a beast. In an interesting turn of events, those same "idiots calling the shots" signed Edwards and are now relying on him to help the team.
"That’s a funny sequence of events," Sanchez said to the Star-Ledger. "He’s a great player. We have a good chemistry together. I’m confident throwing him the ball. I don’t think that will change. Get him in the building soon and get him working."