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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: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:56 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

You all honestly think that Braylon Edwards won't do better on a good team like the Jets compared to the Browns? If I was Braylon Edwards, I wouldn't care about trying on a team like Cleveland either. They are awful. Their second reciever is Mike Furrey. He was a number 3 reciever in Detroit and they are even worse than the Browns. The Browns also have huge quarterback issues, and havent had a decent running back in years. Then take the Jets. Thomas Jones and Jerricho Cotchery are sure to take some of the defenses focus off Edwards, which nobody on Cleveland would ever be able to do. He showed he can be a super star in 2007, so why wouldnt he be able to flourish on a team that is so well rounded? And if anything, he will take defensive focus off Cotchery and Jones, which gives Cotchery a number 2 corner that he will be able to handle easily, and will allow Jones to be able to run without defenses knowing that the worst case scenario is that Sanchez will throw a 12 yard pass to Stuckey. Edwards adds the big play threat that the Jets recievers lack. He will get catches and make big plays, and even if he doesnt, he will help the Jets way more than Chansi Stuckey ever could.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:52 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

Wasn't the same thing said a few years ago when the Raiders traded Randy Moss to the Patriots?  A really talented receiver on a bad team with a terrible quarterback, who was then traded to a playoff contender and would certainly get his act together and start performing at a pro bowl level.  How did that one work out for the Patriots again?

Every player is different.  Plus Braylon won't have Tony "Choke's Again" Romo throwing to him.  I'm just glad the Browns have officially given up on the season.  At least the Steelers won't finish in last place.

True, but then again the Patriots are pretty much the model NFL franchise, the Jets are as up and down as the Cowboys.  And I think that Edwards is more in line talent wise with Williams; neither is on Moss's level.  Also, while Romo won't be throwing to Edwards, he does have a rookie throwing him the ball, and no matter how much promise he's shown so far, it's still way too early to judge him.  For all we know he might not be as good as Romo.  And I'd say it's a given that he's no 2007 Tom Brady.

We'll see.  Maybe it will work out.  My guess is not.

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:39 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

thats a comma after "him" not a period.  why don't you join "teacher" in english class instead of trying to nitpick while you come up with a legitimate gripe.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:38 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

Money, that's why he keeps doing it. Are you one of his "kissing cousins" you must be to defend this jerk. 

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:37 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

There's an article over on Rotoworld by Rosenthal where he figures Cotchery will be hurt a little but put up decent WR2 fantasy numbers.

He says Edwards could be a WR1 in the future but "that won't happen this year" and figures he'll be a WR2-3.

I often disagree with his opinions but he seems to be comfortably within the range of probabilities, where some writers like Prisco are raving and others like Judge and Freeman are naysayers.

My Ravenskins have Cotchery.  Edwards is a free agent on waivers until Friday.  I have no spare bench room with R.Grant, LT, Colston, and Gates on bye on a five-bench-players team and don't want to toss Colston, Mason, or Walter, so I have to choose between the two Jets.  And I'm going to stick with Cotchery. I know more of what I've got in him than I would with Edwards - who may also be suspended for that punch.

Since my team is 4-0 and I dropped last week's replacement DST for this week's replacement TE, I'm on the bottom of the waivers list so I probably won't get Edwards anyway.  But, with tight bye-week and injured players hogging the bench spots, someone who reads Prisco may grad Edwards and drop someone decent.  So I'll be lurking in the background on this one.

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:36 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

Dear "Teacher",

seems like you should have your teaching license revoked.  see the link below:

I suggest you leave the journalistic editing to the professionals while you sit through spelling class with Dan Quayle (its potato, not potatoe)

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:36 pm

Typical Pete

You rip a guy whose big crime is wanting to play football and praise some jerk that is a quiter and a loser who would punch a 130 lb guy. You say it's ok to do that just to "get out of town" you say he'll be better now that he's in NY. Here's a clue for you putz, he's the same guy no matter where he goes or where he lives or plays. He will soon find something to bitch about in New York and will be the same loser he was in Cleveland. Any chance someone will punch you ticket out of town? We are all looking forward to that day.  

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:17 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

This is a great move for NY. I feel like this is a move that is long overdue. It was very apparent that the Jets needed a true number 1 WR even last year. I feel like the question was what took so long, and where were the Jets when Boldin was voicing his displeasure? Now the Jets have a player to stretch the field if only as a decoy. This will open up the ultra talented Dustin Keller as well as passing lanes for slot guys or 1 on 1 looks for Cotchery.  He may drop balls but very few Wrs dont! But 80 catches 1000+ yards and 16 touchdowns is no accident. Its a popular come-back to say this is Roy Williams all over again, but in Roy Will's best season, he had no where near the production Braylon had in his best season. At the end of the day it all comes down to production.  For instance, Kobe Bryant was nearly executed for his dealings in Colorado. After high point avgs and a Championship, nobody remembers. If Braylon comes to NY and scores 8-10td's this season and 1000+ yards and the Jets even go to the AFC Championship, the Jets will be praised for this move, and the new stadium will be filled with Edwards jerseys.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:16 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

The problem with teams like Cleveland is this ... "who wants to play there?"

Braylon proves this point.

The team sucks.

I have no respect for players who take a free ride, but the NFL is loaded with such players.

Cleveland is better off without him.

If they want to turn things around, they need players who want to be there.

And so it will never happen ... "who wants to play there?" ... Surprised

As for Braylon ... no single player is better suited than he is to go to a team that expects their annual "let down" ...

Braylon will be the perfect player to deliver that to Jets fans ... likely right in the most critical game.

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:13 pm

Edwards punches his way out?

This is like the third pro-Jets story from Pete in the last couple of weeks. I'm very surprised he can keep his nose out of Peyton Manning's @nus long enough to write that much.

Hey, if Pete sez it's a good move for the Jets, you can bet it's not.

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