Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Jets may be better off without Edwards
By John Fisher
If New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards is unable to play this weekend, what will the effect be on the Jets offense? Quarterback Mark Sanchez completed less than 54 percent of his passes as a rookie last year, but is up over 60 percent through two games this season. And that could improve even more WITHOUT Edwards.
The Jets had only three players who were targeted more than 26 times last season, and Edwards had the lowest catch percentage of the three. Jerricho Cotchery caught 60 percent of the passes thrown his way, while Dustin Keller hauled in more than 56 percent. Edwards caught exactly half of the 70 passes that were intended for him as a Jet.
And with Sanchez being second in the league in interceptions thrown last season, expect an improvement in that area as well. Only two players in the entire league were the target on more of their quarterback's interceptions than Edwards was last season. And since the beginning of 2008, only Calvin Johnson (22) has seen more picks on passes thrown his way than Edwards (19).
In fact, Sanchez had a higher passer rating when targeting 10 different receivers last year than he did when throwing the ball Edwards’ way.
On top of all that, only one player – Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe with 23 – has dropped more passes since the start of 2008 than the 21 that Edwards has had go through his hands.