If you're a Jets fan, you've followed the reports from OTAs and minicamp. You've heard about Jets wide receivers dropping passes. You've heard about TE Kellen Winslow Jr.'s tryout and subsequent signing.
Now you must be wondering if anything can help the wide receivers. You ask yourself, "Why don't they bring back Braylon Edwards?"
Edwards' 10 catches for 125 yards in three games last year were almost a third of his production since he left the Jets for San Francisco after 2010. Knee injuries played a role in his limited action.
ProFootballFocus.com's grading system (paid subscription required) supports that Edwards re-surged after rejoining the Jets.
In his three games with the Jets, Edwards appeared in 147 of the Jets' 209 snaps. As a Jet, his overall grade of 1.7 significantly surpassed his overall season's 0.4. With the Jets, Edwards' most significant black mark was a -0.8 in penalties during the season finale against Buffalo. Otherwise, his grades of 1.0 on pass plays and 1.5 in screen blocking would have given him a respectable 2.5, as his 0.2 penalties grade in his first two Jets' games would have offset his -0.2 grade in run blocking.
Compare that to his first 13 games. His grade was -1.3, based on a -1.9 grade in pass plays, 1.3 grade in run plays and a -0.7 grade in penalties.
Other statistics from ESPN note that the Jets targeted Edwards 18 times to get those 10 catches. Eight of those catches resulted in first downs.
By way of comparison, Jeremy Kerley needed 96 targets to get 56 receptions. Of the 56 catches, 31 went for first downs while two resulted in scores.
Kerley's catch rate per times targeted is seven of 12, compared to Edwards' 5-of-9. Do a little math to find a common denominator and you can project that for every 108 times targeted, Kerley would catch the ball 63 times to Edwards' 60.
Of course, that's based on one year, and a limited year in Edwards' case. It's only meant to make you ask yourself: Should Edwards get another shot? Especially if he plays at the veteran's minimum base salary with the cap benefits that could provide?
You'll have to weigh the pros and cons like Ryan Alfieri does in his post, "The Case For and Against Braylon Edwards" before drawing your own conclusion.
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