After referring to the New York Jets front office as ‘idiots’ on his twitter account this past week, on Tuesday things took an unexpected turn when wide receiver Braylon Edwards was claimed off waivers by Gang Green.
Edwards, who was a key member of the Jets’ 2009 and 2010 runs to the AFC championship, will be reuniting with quarterback Mark Sanchez for a second go-round. With Sanchez under fire by critics and the Jets receiving core decimated by injuries, Edwards will look to provide a jolt to a Jets’ passing offense that is statistically the second-worst in the NFL.
Edwards came to the defense of Sanchez last week and pointed his finger at New York’s management team for not surrounding its franchise signal-caller with adequate talent. After recording 53 receptions for 904 yards and seven touchdowns during his 2010 campaign with the Green and White, Edwards’ production has slipped the past two seasons with San Francisco and Seattle combining for just 23 receptions for 255 yards and only one touchdown in 19 total games.
With the Jets scrapping and clawing for their playoff lives, general manager Mike Tannebaum is hoping to catch lightning in a bottle and rekindle the chemistry Sanchez and Edwards developed during consecutive conference championship berths.
Rookie wideout Stephen Hill was diagnosed with a sprained knee this week and his availability for Monday Night’s showdown against the Tennessee Titans remains uncertain. Hill has battled injuries all season long and while demonstrating tremendous potential he’s struggled adjusting his route running and reeling in the football consistently.
Edwards brings a familiar face and positive camaraderie to a Jets’ locker room that came apart at the seams last year without him. With Sanchez missing a “go-to” receiver so far this season, the addition of Edwards could prove to be a viable weapon for the Jets down the stretch of the regular season.