- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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Rex Ryan said he is closer to deciding how much playing time Braylon Edwards will receive Sunday night against the Miami Dolphins, but would not divulge the process of deciding the punishment for his troubled receiver.
“There’s factors involved,” Ryan said. “But that’s all I’m going to say.”
Other than saying that Edwards, who was arrested Tuesday morning on a charge of DWI, will not start Sunday’s game, Ryan has been tight-lipped on the subject.
At Friday’s press conference, though, he did admit that Edwards' benching, however long it may be, will increase the pressure on several of the team’s other receivers.
“They’re excited to get opportunities, everybody is,” Ryan said. “It’s probably more pressure on Brad Smith, [David] Clowney and people like that.”
Clowney, just like the media, has not been told how much playing time Edwards will receive Sunday, and just wants to be ready when his name is called. He’s hoping for a repeat performance of his four-catch, 72-yard performance against the Dolphins last year, in a 31-27 loss Oct. 29 in in Miami.
While the circumstances leading to his potential increase in playing time are not what he had hoped for, Clowney is still thankful for the opportunity.
“Any time you step on the field you’re going to relish the opportunity just to take advantage of it,” Clowney said. “Of course, everybody would like it to happen in certain way, but if [Braylon’s] here for the rest of the season, every game, I’m going to be there, waiting until they call my number.”
Smith, who is expected to be the starter Sunday opposite Jericho Cotchery, seemed more excited about the matchup of the top two teams in the AFC East battling it out for first place than how much playing time he will be allotted.
“Of course, there’s a great opportunity any time you get to start out a football game. We’re all going to be playing, we’re all going to have the opportunity to make plays,” Smith said. “I’m just excited about the game in general, just being out there, Sunday night football and everything like that. I’m not really reading too much into that, just going out playing.”