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Pray That Bray Stay out Of The Way: How Braylon Edwards Can Succeed in NY

BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the Cleveland Browns prepares to run downfield against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 34-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
Sam FogelgarenCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2009

Braylon Edwards is best known for his fabulous 2007 season when he tallied 80 catches, 1289 yards, and 16 touchdowns. 

What Edwards is also known for is his extreme inconsistency, tendency to drop numerous passes and legal record. 

A combination of his talent and run-ins with the law led him to the clubhouse of the New York Jets.

As expected, Edwards arrival caused mixed reactions among Jets fans.

There were those who thought the needed arrival of a number one wide receiver would push the Jets deep into the playoffs.

There were those who thought the arrival of an inconsistent player with a criminal record would only spoil the good that Rex Ryan preaches. 

But, in reality, how will Braylon Edwards stay out of trouble and in the Pro Bowl for the Jets?

First of all, Edwards will need to stay out of run-ins with the law. If he doesn't punch any members of LeBron James posse any time in the future, he should be OK. 

He's going to have to do more than stay out of trouble. He's going to show that he can contain himself when it comes to ethics. 

Braylon will have to avoid the T.O. method of hypocritical press conferences. 

A word of advice: Don't spill your guts about how the other team sucks when you win a game and avoid comment when your team loses. That's probably why you got shipped from Cleveland, don't let it happen in New York.

He's going to have more pressure on him now that he's in New York. 

Jerricho Cotchery is an ideal number two receiver, but as a number one he's mediocre. Edwards has the natural talent and ability to be an elite number one receiver for the Jets.

But what he can do and what he will do are two different things.

The most important thing he will need to do to succeed with the Jets is to be productive on the field.

He needs to play like he did in 2007. 

If Edwards can stay out of trouble, stay on the field and play like he did in 2007, he will not only live up to expectations but exceed them.

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