Of all of the things the Jets did to get themselves made fun of 2012, bringing in Braylon Edwards a week after he publicly bashed the team on Twitter was certainly one of them. The Jets brought the wide receiver who played with them in 2009 and 2010 back into the mix hoping to catch lightning in a bottle. It did not pan out.
I have heard people say Braylon was effective in his short stint with the Jets. I have looked and looked, but I cannot find where the beef is to back this up. Consider this.
Edwards caught a pass on 9.6% of routes he ran with the Jets in 2012. He averaged 1.18 yards per route.
Chaz Schilens caught a pass on 11.0% of routes he ran with the Jets in 2012. He averaged 1.14 yards per route.
Clyde Gates caught a pass on 9.8% of routes he ran with the Jets in 2012. He averaged 1.38 yards per route.
It isn't like you can say Braylon's presence made the offense better. The Jets averaged about 35 yards and 7 points less with him than they did without him. I'm not saying Edwards was responsible for the drop in productivity. I am saying, however, that it's tough to see how he made the offense better. The Jets were sending out receivers that put up very pedestrian numbers, and Braylon was roughly as productive.
If you watch him with the Jets in 2012 or before his return, you will see a wideout whose speed seems to be gone. His knee issues seem to prevent him from getting any kind of separation.
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