The Jets might have been idiots a few weeks ago, but their players seem to think bringing back wide receiver Braylon Edwards was a genius move.
“It’s awesome,” Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez said Tuesday night, via Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger. “He’ll fit right in, I’m sure.”
The consensus among Jets players was that bringing back Edwards was a good move, something which says more about their current receiving corps than Edwards himself.
With Stephen Hill suffering a sprained LCL last week, they were running out of options in what was already a thin room. So they claimed him off waivers, bringing him back at the veteran minimum for the final three games.
“That’s a funny sequence of events,” Sanchez said. “He’s a great player. We have a good chemistry together. I’m confident throwing him the ball. I don’t think that will change. Get him in the building soon and get him working.”
Of course, the bigger question is what Edwards has left. He caught 88 passes for 1,445 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Jets in 28 games, but in the two years since he left, just 23 catches for 255 yards and one score.
“It’s a good comfort level for him,” linebacker David Harris said. “When he was here before he had a good connection with him. He goes out and lays it on the line for his quarterback, diving for passes, jumping over guys. Even better as a run-blocker, which he doesn’t get credit for.
“He’s going to be another huge piece for our wide receiver corps. Professional guy. So we look for a lot of positive things from him.”
If Edwards lives up to that kind of notice, bringing him back will be the smartest move they’ve made lately.