Braylon Edwards Will Not Boost New York Jets Passing Game

By Christopher Gamble


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Braylon Edwards is a member of the New York Jets again. The Jets claimed Edwards off of waivers one week after the receiver called the Jets idiots in a tweet.

Edwards took to Twitter last week and weighed in on the quarterback situation saying, “Don’t blame [Mark] Sanchez. I played there. Blame the idiots calling shots. Mark is a beast and will prove when given a proper chance.”

Now, Edwards will be working with those idiots calling the shots as the Jets try to get into the playoffs. The Jets are desperate for capable bodies at wide receiver after Santonio Holmes has been out for the year since Week 4 and Stephen Hill injured his knee. Clyde Gates is also out with a concussion and has an uncertain return date.

The Jets were down to four healthy receivers, Chaz Schilens, Jeremy Kerley, recently signed Mardy Gilyard, and Jordan White, a seventh-round draft pick.

Edwards did apologize for his tweet, calling it an “emotional outburst.” The Jets were obviously willing to look past that and I am sure he will be asked not to take to Twitter with his thoughts on Jets management and coaching from here on out.

The Jets literally had no choice but to bring Edwards back when you consider that Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens were the other options.

Edwards hasn’t been very productive since leaving the Jets after the 2010 season. He played just nine games with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011 and has appeared in 10 games with the Seattle Seahawks this season but has just eight catches for 74 yards.

Edwards is not the same player that Jets fans remember but at this point the Jets need warm bodies. Many Jets fans have already taken to Twitter and Facebook to announce their joy at Edwards coming back but that excitement must be tempered.

The Jets needed to make a move and Edwards was the best receiver for them on the market. It doesn’t mean it is a good move that will alter anything in the passing game which will continue to struggle.

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