There has been on and off speculation for months now, but Braylon Edwards will not return to the New York Jets. According to a report from the New York Post, the Jets were still open to the possibility, depending on what they saw from their wide receivers in Jets minicamp. Apparently what they saw was good enough to end any chance of a reunion between Braylon Edwards and the Jets. Braylon Edwards' Jets career appears to be officially done.
Braylon Edwards and the New York Jets had an awesome two-year run. It wasn't always pretty off the field, but Braylon Edwards won over Jets fans and the coaching staff with not just big plays and a great rapport with Mark Sanchez, but as a tenacious blocker who looked forward to getting physical on the outside. He routinely was part of the weekly "Play Like a Jet" film segment the coaching staff would put together for the team after each game, showing plays where extra effort was given.
Still, you had to see this coming. As long as Stephen Hill catches on, which it looks like he will, the Jets have a great combination of wide receivers. The top four feature a legitimate superstar in Santonio Holmes, great size with Stephen Hill and Chaz Schilens, and a tough, natural slot receiver in Jeremy Kerley. When Stephen Hill started making highlight plays in practice, the decision was pretty much made for the Jets. The Jets have at least five players in the mix already for the fifth wide receiver spot. Between Patrick Turner, Eron Riley, Scotty McKnight, Jordan White, Royce Pollard, DaMarcus Ganaway and Dexter Jackson, someone will claim that role.
Plus, whoever claims that spot will likely contribute on special teams, something Braylon Edwards wasn't going to do. That was one of the issues previously mentioned about signing Braylon Edwards, because the numbers game with the 53-man roster gets dicey when you carry a traditional fullback, as the Jets almost certainly will with John Conner.
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