Braylon Edwards of New York Jets Says He Can Still Play at 'Elite' Level

Michael Smith@@smithmichael8 Contributor IIIAugust 14, 2013

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets cannot haul in the ball for a catch during an NFL game as Aaron Williams #23 of the Buffalo Bills defends at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Despite only having 33 catches in the past three seasons combined, New York Jets receiver Braylon Edwards still believes he can be an elite player, according to ESPNNewYork's Rich Cimini.

While using the E-word led to success for Eli Manning and Joe Flacco in the past two seasons, it's hard to believe the former Michigan Wolverine can be one of the top receivers in the league given the uncertain quarterback situation facing Gang Green.

Edwards, who spoke to Cimini at training camp on Tuesday, looks to bounce back to his 2010 form when he hauled in 53 passes for 904 yards and seven touchdowns.

From Cimini's report, Edwards said:

I'm starting to get into camp shape, that groove, that vibe...Now is the chance to really go after it and really show these guys I still have it and that I can play at an elite level to help this team win games.

Edwards will be catching passes from either often-ridiculed Mark Sanchez or rookie Geno Smith. While Sanchez started the preseason opener—where he threw a pick six on his first possession—Smith has been getting first-team repetitions in practice as well.

Edwards, now 30 years old, may have to fill the void left by Santonio Holmes if the former Super Bowl MVP's foot keeps him out of the lineup for an extended period of time.

Edwards played three games for the Jets last season after being cut by the Seattle Seahawks. In 2011, he caught 15 passes in nine game for the San Francisco 49ers, but again was cut before season's end.

Including his first stint with New York from 2009-10 and his first five seasons in the league with the Cleveland Browns, Edwards has 349 catches and 40 trips to the end zone in his career.