Last night TheBigLead’s Jason McIntyre (Jets fan and one of last week’s guests on the podcast) talked about the state of the Jets and we talked about a number of issues, one of which was the team’s wide receiver woes. While McIntyre doesn’t think that Edwards will be setting any records in the last three games of the season with the Jets, he does like the move and here’s a sample of why, as he wrote on his website, TheBigLead.
How will Edwards fare with the team this time around? He probably won’t do much. Maybe he’ll catch 8-9 passes in the final three games. What he hopefully will do:
* Be that guy who makes a clutch 3rd down reception to keep a drive alive (the Jets don’t have one of those)
* Pick up the spirits of a beaten and bruised Mark Sanchez (this is where you mention his tweet that likely got him cut by Seattle)
* Block well
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comExactly. No one is saying that he’s going to save the world, but he’s a smart acquisition for this team, and is a gritty player who badly wants to be in New York and will do what it takes to stay. We saw some tweets from media members yesterday questioning why the fans might love the move so much. Many fans are very fond of Edwards, he was a big part of Mark Sanchez gaining some early confidence in the league — a confidence by the way which has evaporated since 2010. When you go back and watch some YouTube clips of the high-pointing catches that Edwards made or the ways he used his body as a battering ram against much smaller defensive backs to gain more yards, you start to remember why he was so popular in New York.
We get that after the Jets drafted Stephen Hill that they wanted to get him as many reps as possible, but now that he’s dealing with his LCL injury there’s no reason to not bring Edwards back. It’s hard to say what next season will bring. It’s hard to know whether or not the current GM will be at the helm next season. Even so, if Edwards wants to stay in New York, he’s going to have to be OK with the fact that he might be second banana to Holmes and Hill – and he’ll likely have to do it at a veteran minimum deal. Chaz Schilens signed a one-year deal with the team, so it’s feasible that Edwards (if he’s willing to play at a low pay level) could slide right into that role easily.