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The Mysterious Case of Braylon Edwards and Mr. Hide

October 15, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

With all the fanfare and media gossip floating around last Monday night’s game, you must give Braylon Edwards credit for stepping up to the occasion.

Questions of which Braylon would show up in New York filled the headlines… the Pro Bowler from 2007 (16 TD catches), or Mr. Butterfingers of 2008 (16 dropped passes).

But Edwards was quick to make his presence felt near the end of the first quarter when he caught a three yard pass up the middle for the tying score. At first, the 6’3” Edwards looked like a tight end amongst the smaller corners, prompting viewers to wonder who was the big body in the middle making the catch and athletically turning and getting both feet down. But as the camera zoomed in and the announcers called Edwards name, you couldn’t help but wonder how this receiver, with a Moss-like build and TO strength, could be traded for a third round pick.

Edwards showed-off even more of his abilities in the fourth quarter on a long 35 yard sideline catch that set up a Jets go-ahead score. Initially, Edwards’ twisting grab amongst double coverage was ruled a touchdown, but was reviewed and ruled down at the one. However, seeing the replay and watching him maintain enough focus to get his knee down inbounds, was incredible.

Edwards’ heroics were capped off by a “phantom,” pass interference call that set up the Jets final score. His efforts on that play won’t be reflected in the box score, but it was a potentially game winning moment… a moment the Jets could not have pulled off with the personnel they had prior to his arrival.

Although New York lost the game, they did find a legitimate number one receiver. Only time will tell if Edwards’ underachieving and malcontent days are over, but a change of scenery did wonders for Randy Moss when he left Oakland for the Patriots in 2007. That said, if Edwards starts playing hot potato with the pigskin again, there will be nowhere on the bench to hide from the brutal New York media.

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