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Edwards punches his way out?

Posted on: October 7, 2009 9:58 am
Edited on: October 7, 2009 1:47 pm
Braylon Edwards got what he wanted.

Now watch him go wild in New York.

You will sit there and say he dropped a ton of passes in Cleveland. You will say he wasn't worth being a first-round pick.

But what you didn't know was this: Edwards hated Cleveland. And it showed.

As a league source said, "He popped that 130-pound kid and got what he wanted, a ticket out of there."

That reference is to Edwards hitting a friend of LeBron James' in a nightclub incident Sunday night. That incident is being looked at by the league office and you know it had to irritate new Browns coach Eric Mangini, who tolerates nothing of the sort.

Edwards is in the final year of his contract and has only 10 catches and no touchdowns playing in a bad offense. Poor quarterback play has hurt his ability the past couple of years, but he's also been a part of the problem.

As league scouts have told me, "His problem is from the neck up." He lets things bother him, they say.

But here's a bet that he flourishes with the Jets. I saw the Jets last week against the Saints and one thing that was obvious was that the Jets needed help outside.

Jerricho Cotchery is a complementary player, not a No. 1 receiver like the Jets had hoped. Edwards can be that top-notch player, if he's focused. Cotchery will be a good No. 2.

Edwards leaves behind Mangini for Rex Ryan, which some say is going from evil to good. He goes from Cleveland to New York, which is the path some have rumored for LeBron James, in a potential twist. He's now on a contender; the Browns are 0-4.

But you have to somewhat understand the Browns side of it. They are going nowhere this season and Edwards isn't going to change things. So they get a young receiver in Chansi Stuckey, who actually has one more catch and one more touchdown than Edwards. And they get draft picks.

For a building team, it's a good move.

For Edwards, it's a great move.

For the Jets, it's a fantastic move.

Edwards should be a happy man. And a happy Edwards caught 80 passes with 16 touchdowns in 2007. That's the kind of production he's capable of giving when he's on his game.

Does he drop passes? You bet. Does he get open? Absolutely.

That's what the Jets need, someone to stretch a field. He may have punched his ticket out of Cleveland, but if that was the intention, consider it mission accomplished.

Category: NFL

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2009 5:31 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

When did Braylon Edwards become a number one reciever in the NFL?
After the trade to the Jets?

At what point was his lack of production thrown out the window, magically disapearing, and the status of number one reciever placed next to his name? I've been reading post and threads on and off today and that seems to be the theme, the Jets get a number one. When? Did they make another trade after they got Braylon?

Over the years I have seen numerous one year wonders in the NFL and I'm sure many of you have as well, Braylon Edwards sits in the middle of that catagory.

Andre Johnson of the Texan's is a true number one reciever. Reggie Wayne of the Colt's, theres another number one reciever. Are we ready to put Braylon Edwards in that group of players that consistently make the big catch when called upon? No, Braylon Edwards has proven that he only cares about Braylon. He proven he can drop alot of footballs for a first round draft pick. And he can not conduct himself like a professional inside or outside the team compound.

Number one reciever? Are we all talking about the same Braylon Edwards? First round pick from Michigan that dropped alot of footballs for the Browns, that Braylon Edwards? If we are I can tell you, according to the standards set by the likes of Rice, Irvin, Carter and Moss, Braylon Edwards is no number one reciever.

Third option at best, even then he might drop the ball.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2009 4:49 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

Last time I checked.... this was a sports related website.... not a grammer/english related website..... Spend your time writing your useless insight elsewhere please

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2009 4:30 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

obviously somebody reads the replies as its fixed.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2009 4:23 pm

Edwards punches his way out?


Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2009 4:07 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

For the person who said the Browns best game was when Braylon was a decoy thats exactly what the Jets need.  I could careless if the guy catches a ball all year.  We need him to run defenders away from the middle of the field so Cotch and Keller can work the middle of the field.  If you watch any Jet games you'd know we're getting the lines stacked against us because there is no fear of the deep ball right now vs us.  You sub in Braylon no team is playing him 1 on 1.

Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2009 3:49 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

lol good catch

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2009 3:46 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

There is one reason -- and one reason alone -- that these guys crack on Pete Prisco: by their way of thinking, if they point out how much more they know than the Professional Writer then they are better writers by default. Most of the haters are just wannabes who would love nothing more than to be paid for their opinion. They hide behind screen names and snipe from the relative safety of their computer.

I am guessing Pete doesn't really care all that much. :)

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2009 3:22 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

LOL This was a humorous post. How many times are you going to contradict yourself?

Its as simple as this....

Cleveland Browns - GREAT move. You got rid of a player that wasnt going to stick around after this season. You got 4 players, 2 being next year draft picks. The browns have to be happy with this move.

New York Jets - GREATER move, teams can no longer put 8 and 9 guys in the box to stop the run. If they do, you have a reciever with big time abilities. Yes he has had drops in the past, big deal the man is usually double teamed and that was even when he played for a team with horrible quarterbacks.

Short term advantage Jets, Long term advantage Browns. This deal would put a bad taste in any jet fans mouth if edwards doesnt sign long term and you got him for 12 games for 4 players, basically renting a player. If he signs long term, fantastic everybody is happy.

The new york jets arent missing many pieces to be in the elite top 5 or 6 teams this year. It sounds odd saying this and thats why people want to overlook them. Their defense is nasty and fast and will keep them in every game this year, as they did against the saints (best offense in football this season).

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2009 1:44 pm

Roy Williams Part Two

Didn't we see this last season?  Williams, a big talented receiver who can't fullfill his potential because of terrible team management, poor qb play, and all around lack of offensive talent.  Williams gets traded, gets a new contract and his numbers are even worse than they ever were.

Looks like the Jets didn't notice or care.  Edwards is a big, fast guy he's just not a good receiver.  He can't catch, doesn't run good routes, doesn't block, and toughness is a major question both mentally and physically.  Sure, he had the huge season with 17 or so tds.  What did he do that offseason???? Oh, he went to Hollywood to pursue an acting career, auditioning for shows and movies instead of working at the career he gets paid millions for.

Face it, he's a Primadonna that was fined by Mangini for not paying a 3 dollar tab for a water @ a hotel the team was staying at.  Why would the Jets want him?  Why now?  They finally have some momentum.

Stuckey is actually not a bad player at all.

Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2009 1:17 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

This move reminds me of the one the Oakland Raiders made when they shipped out Randy Moss for basically nothing. I'm not saying it will be that huge of an impact, but I think it will be a big impact for the Jets. They will be able to run better, and play-action better. Look for Thomas Jones to reap the benefits of softer run D due to Braylon's ability to stretch the defense.

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