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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
Comments

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

Edwards punches his way out?

He also misused complimentary. He meant complementary. Welcome to the internet: where English went to die.






Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:12 pm
 

Edwards punches his way out?

Wasn't about the same thing said last year when the Lions traded Roy Williams to the Cowboys?  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 Cowboys again?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.



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:11 pm
 

Edwards punches his way out?

Roy Williams problems have to do with a terrible QB who should not be a starter in the NFL, and a terrible offensive coordinator, not to mention he had T.O. crying for the ball last year while he was there. Two totally different situations. Bottom line Jets got a Big Young WR who has a ton of ability that they desperately needed for a couple of bench players and a few picks. It was worth a shot.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:11 pm
 

Edwards punches his way out?

Absolutely is spelled correctly- you moron.



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:05 pm
 

Edwards punches his way out?

I agree with chitownsouthsid - and not just because my IIT dorm was located at 31st and State on Chicago's South side.

Cotchery's going to get his yards and occasional TDs.  Edwards is still a question mark.  Hopefully, he'll get enough defensive attention make things easier for Cotchery and not eat into Cotchery's targets.

And yes, I have Cotchery on the Ravenskins!  Edwards is actually a league free agent, dropped Wed, but with 4 players with week-5 byes, I've got no bench room, I like Colston, Walter, and Mason too much to drop for Edwards and also don't like two WRs from the same team on my roster unless they're both clearly elite.



Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:04 pm
 

Edwards punches his way out?

If I was a Browns player I would activally be on the look out to punch Lebron James or one of his freinds, so I could get out of town too.


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Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2009 11:54 am
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Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2009 11:51 am
 

Edwards punches his way out?

1st time I agree with Prisco all year long.



Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2009 11:49 am
 

Edwards punches his way out?

I hope B E is happy and still sucks. One good year doesn't make a career - but three or more bad ones in a row does....



Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2009 11:40 am
 

Edwards punches his way out?

Look out Jets.

Braindead will fold at the first sniff of adversity. He is bad chemistry and a distraction. He takes off plays and does not complete his routes if he is not the primary reciever. He will get called out by his teamates for this behavior and it will go down hill from there. He likes to run his mouth and not back up his words.

I don't know how he gets the label as a 'talented player'. Talented players produce. He does not. He will kill drives with dropped passes and stupid penalties.

The Browns win in this move.


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