The Jets receiving situation looks a lot better than it did just over a month ago thanks to players like Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates impressing this summer, but the group is also better because of the team’s addition of Braylon Edwards on the eve of training camp. Still it was a bit odd that he saw so much time against the Lions, and Rich Cimini wrote on that topic for ESPN NY.
With Santonio Holmes still on the mend, Edwards is their most accomplished receiver, no contest. He might not be the player he was in 2007, when he was one of the best receivers in the league, but he still has enough to offer at the age of 30. He’s a gamer, and the Jets need gamers.
Curiously, it seems like he’s fighting for a roster spot. He played 27 offensive snaps in the first game, an unusually high number for a nine-year vet. When a veteran still is playing into the fourth quarter of the first preseason game, it can be an ominous sign.
“I can’t think about what’s going on with the depth chart, one to six,” Edwards said. “I need to worry about one-seven” — meaning his number, 17.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comIt was odd that Edwards took snaps that late in the team’s first preseason game and there might be something to that. Earlier when asked about why he was out there, Ryan told reporters that “we wanted to get him some more game reps” but he also did use the “he’s out there competing” trope as well.
I think Edwards would be a good addition to this personnel group regardless of what Tone’s status with the team is. Hill might have taken some big steps forward so far this summer, but Edwards has proven that he can step up in big spots and while his body might not be exactly where it was in 2009, he can still be a valuable receiver for this offense in limited or starting work.