The New York Jets have been hamstrung with injuries at the wide receiver spot this season, and their passing offense has struggled mightily as a result.
Top target Santonio Holmes is out for the season with a foot injury. Dustin Keller and Stephen Hill have been literally hamstrung, as they haven’t been able to get on the field in weeks due to hamstring injuries.
Those three were supposed to be the top three receivers in the Jets’ passing game. Now, Mark Sanchez is instead throwing primarily to Jeremy Kerley, Chaz Schilens and Jeff Cumberland.
While the replacements, especially Kerley, have done an admirable job filling in, the Jets pass offense cannot get out of its own way, and Sanchez hasn’t completed over 50% of his passes in any game since Week 1.
Free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens tweeted his desire to play for the Jets, as the 38-year-old wideout is desperate for an NFL return. The Jets signed Jason Hill last week and don’t seem inclined to give Owens a call.
After the Jets lost another wide receiver, Clyde Gates, to a shoulder injury Monday night, I can’t help but wonder if they need to think outside the box when it comes to their receiver depth problems.
That’s why the best choice, in my mind, is the man pictured above. Braylon Edwards, who beat out Owens for a roster spot on the Seattle Seahawks, had great chemistry with Sanchez when the two played together.
Sanchez never clicked with any receiver more than Edwards and he’s notably struggled ever since the Jets chose not to re-sign Edwards after the 2010 season.
Not only has Sanchez never looked better than he did with Edwards, but Edwards has seen his role shrink considerably since he left town. He only caught 15 passes in 2011, and only has six through five weeks this year.
In fact, after catching five passes in his Seahawks debut back in Week 1, Edwards has only caught 1 ball over the last four weeks, a ten-yard reception this past weekend.
Considering how little attention he received on the open market the last two offseasons, I can’t imagine Seattle’s asking price would be all that high in a possible trade negotiation.
I think it would be wise for the Jets to try to bring back Edwards, a receiver who has great chemistry with Sanchez, who was a fan favorite in his time in New York.
Braylon Edwards won’t solve all of the Jets’ problems on offense, but he certainly couldn’t hurt. Reuniting Sanchez with his favorite receiver might be the best available option right now.
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