The New York Jets have recently appeared more intent on garnering headlines than being successful.
Big names like Tim Tebow created distractions for their locker room. After falling from AFC Championship Game participant to being the punchline in football jokes, Gang Green was in need of drastic change. As a result, owner Woody Johnson tabbed John Idzik to be his new GM. A decision to retain head coach Rex Ryan brought mixed reviews, but he has toned down this offseason.
Gone are guarantees of how great the Jets will perform. Instead, expectations have been reduced. The team’s available talent (or lack thereof) at receiver has well documented. In order to help address the issue, New York turned once again to an old friend.
Braylon Edwards recently signed a one-year deal after appearing in three games with the Jets last season. He was critical in their last two playoff runs and combined for 11 touchdowns during those two regular seasons. Now Edwards immediately steps into an important role. Without Santonio Holmes, this position was left without proven playmaking ability.
When Holmes returns, an impressive combination will once again be formed. This latest transaction followed a model from Idzik of making sound free agent additions. Edwards told NFL.com that he noticed a difference in their environment. He goes on to say “I think a lot of times people fall out of their role and they try getting involved in other things that don’t concern them.”
Edwards is competing for a starting role, but it’s one where he must be considered the favorite. This signing demonstrates that New York is once again serious about improving on the field.