|Posted by Jinx Grand on December 12, 2012 at 9:40 AM|
The New York Jets have re-signed Braylon Edwards after the 29-year old wide receiver was taken from the injured reserve by the Seattle Seahawks and placed on waivers. There are many different ways to look at this move by the Jets, and here are my opinions.
While he isn't the second coming of Jerry Rice, I believe that Braylon Edwards is a HUGE addition by the Jets, even though it is week 14 and the end of the NFL regular season is fast approaching. Obviously, the signing was a bit of a surprise because he was the same guy that a little over a week ago called the New York Jets front office "idiots." But, honestly, when you look at the Jets roster (or lack thereof), this move makes sense because the green and white DESPERATELY need another option for Mark Sanchez -- or whoever is quarterbacking the team.
Lets look at Edwards and his production over the years. The Jets acquired him midseason in 2009 from the Cleveland Browns, and he was placed as the number 1 WR on the depth chart. In 2009 with the Jets, Edwards recorded 541 yards and 4 touchdowns in 12 games. 2010 was his breakout season, if you could call it that. He posted 904 yards, was targeted 102 times, and scored 7 touchdowns in all 16 games. Not amazing stats, but for a Jets team that needs as many bodies as they can at the position, anyone that can score is an upgrade from what the Jets currently boast.
Bringing back Edwards may also help boost the confidence of Mark Sanchez, as he and Braylon were very close and to have someone Sanchez is familiar with running routes may help this Jets offense improve enough so that they can make a push at a wild card spot.
With the addition of Edwards, the Jets now have Stephen Hill, Chaz Shilens, James White, Jeremy Kerley, Mardy Gilyard, Clyde Gates as wide receivers on their depth chart.
Edwards said via Twitter that, "It feels great to be going home. Thanks to all of jet nation that continuously supported me and pushed for me. I'm back and it's go time."
While the move isn't going to make the Jets instant contenders, it will help improve an offense that has significant room for improvement.