B.E. Up In The NYC: Jets Land Star Wide-Out Braylon Edwards

Jon SContributor IOctober 9, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Wide receiver Braylon Edwards #17 of the Cleveland Browns leaps to make a one-handed grab prior to a 26-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders at McAfee Coliseum on September 23, 2007 in Oakand, California.  (Photo by Kevin Terrell/Getty Images)

Its been a while since the New York Jets have had a stand out, deep threat Wide Receiver. Not since Keyshawn Johnson have the Jets had a Wide Receiver that was above 6 feet tall who could scorch a defense outside the numbers. Ever since he left the team years ago the Jets WR core has suffered from the mediocrity of under 6 feet tall receivers. Now I know there have been very good receivers that have been under 6 feet tall, but you can't tell me that you can sustain a powerful offense without having one. The Jets have had speedy receivers (i.e. Santana Moss, Lavernanues Coles) but they are not the overpowering difficult match-up for the defense that can jump up above the coverage and grab the ball out of the air.

I was a big fan of Moss, Coles, and Wayne Chrebet because even though they were small, they played the game with a grittiness and a chip on their shoulder to prove the crtics wrong who thought they could'nt cut it. They did great things for the New York Jets organization, but they didn't have that star power of the likes of TO, Randy Moss, and Larry Fitzgerald, all of whom are well built speed threats that never cease to amaze you. This is just another solid addition to the quickly revamped New York Jets.

The Jets have moved from the dead personality and incompetent leadership of Eric Mangini and his processing the process, to the enthusiastic full-of-life swagger of a tenacious Rex Ryan defense. It is ironic because it is Eric Mangini that the Jets owe all of the credit to. If he didn't become the Browns head coach, then the Jets probably would not have Rex Ryan as their coach who brought his defense and some of his former ravens players Bart Scott and Jim Leonard. They would not have gotten the trade done that landed them the 5th overall pick in which they selected Mark Sanchez, and now they probably wouldn't have been able to trade to get Braylon Edwards.

The only 6 foot plus receiver that the Jets have is Dustin Keller, and hes not really a WR, he's a TE. This addition is huge because it will force the opposing defense to respect the big play potential of Edwards which will open up opportunities for Jericho Cotchery and Dustin Keller. This in turn would pressure the defense to respect the pass and not put as many defenders in the box, allowing the Jets running game to succeed.

Edwards has been able to pick up the offense relatively easily because of the similarities in the Jets and Browns terminology. This will allow him to suit up for the Monday Night Football Showdown at Land Shark Stadium in Miami against the Dolphins. The New York Jets now have another Edwards on the sideline, but this time he won't just play to win the game, he will play and actually win the game.