Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Analysis: Braylon's back -- again
By Rich Cimini
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.