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Week 1 vs. MIN
Receiving: 1 / 12 / 0 on 5 targets
Brady Quinn targeted Edwards five times against Minnesota, but if Quinn's strong preference for checking down to underneath receivers continues in future weeks, Edwards' targets will be limited. Quinn and Edwards were out of sync on three of the five targets, leading to an interception on a sideline route misread, an incompletion on a hot route and another narrowly missed long completion on a fade route. Edwards was able to adjust nicely to a deep route after being interfered with, but the long touchdown catch was nullified because he was unable to re-establish himself inbounds before catching the ball. Edwards' upside will be limited until he and Quinn get on the same page.
Week 2 vs. DEN
Receiving: 6 / 92 / 0 on 7 targets
If Edwards was in your starting lineup, then you're not too disappointed by his performance on Sunday. He was able to sky over Champ Bailey on a deep sideline route, that gained 24 yards. Before that he was moved to the opposite side of Champ, and caught a 20 yard pass deep over the middle. Quinn seemed to be forcing the ball to him, as the Browns wanted to get him involved early and often. However, outside of those two instances, Edwards was blanketed for most of the day and Quinn was forced to look elsewhere. After being targeted with a couple of passes against Renaldo Hill at the end of the third quarter, Quinn was unable to even complete one pass to Edwards in the fourth quarter.
Week 3 vs. BAL
Receiving: 3 / 35 / 0 on 5 targets
Edwards managed only three catches on five targets on 27 pass attempts by both Cleveland quarterbacks. Edwards frequently had to break off routes to give Quinn a potential target against the Baltimore pass rush. He was targeted a couple of times downfield by Derek Anderson, but was marginalized by the Raven defense.
Week 4 vs. CIN
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 5 targets
Edwards had zero catches on the day. After dropping his first catch on a wide open short curl route, Edwards was a non-factor. Teammate Mohammed Massaquoi was targeted more often and more successfully. Edwards had one red zone target, but was overthrown on a fade route.
Week 5 vs. MIA
Receiving: 5 / 64 / 1 on 9 targets
Edwards made a huge splash in his first game as a Jet, even though he had a bad drop and appeared to be out of sync with Mark Sanchez at times. Edwards got open in the back of the end zone for his TD, and he made a spectacular catch on third and very long at the one-yard line, twisting to catch a 50/50 ball at the sidelines. Edwards also drew a long pass interference penalty, although it could be argued that he should have caught the pass from Sanchez. With the injury to Jerricho Cotchery, Edwards should continue to be a major part of the passing game.
Week 6 vs. BUF
Receiving: 3 / 40 / 0 on 9 targets
Edwards came back to earth with the rest of the Jets on Sunday. He was open but overthrown early, and his tip of the call put it right in the hands of a Bills defender. Sanchez tried to give Edwards a jumpball deep downfield, but it sailed on him, hung up too long, and was easily intercepted. As the game went on, Sanchez and Edwards did hook up a few times on balls that allowed Edwards to use his size advantage, but it was a disappointing day for the newest Jet.
Week 7 vs. OAK
Receiving: 1 / 14 / 0 on 2 targets
Edwards was only targeted twice as the Jets jumped out to an early lead against the Raiders in Week 7 and really did not need to throw that much on the day. Edwards had a solid 14-yard catch and run over the middle but he was also covered by one of the best corners in the NFL, Nnamdi Asomugha, who often shuts down the offense's best receiver. Expect Edwards to come back next week in full force against the Dolphins.
Week 8 vs. MIA
Receiving: 4 / 74 / 1 on 8 targets
Just like in these teams first meeting, Edwards made some plays based on trust from Sanchez. His TD was thrown into tight coverage, but the defender didn't turn to see the ball in flight, so Edwards snagged it, and then fought like a hard-nosed RB, bending backwards to get in the end zone. He also had a nice gain on a play action throw, and drew an illegal contact penalty on his one deep target. Edwards did get an end zone target on second-and-goal during a second quarter drive, but he was well-covered.
Week 10 vs. JAX
Passing: 0 - 1, 0 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Receiving: 3 / 79 / 0 on 5 targets
Edwards was held without a catch in the first half and seemed to play angry in the 2nd half as the Jets found ways to get him more involved. His first catch, a 41 grab, started with him running angry, fighting off and stiff arming defenders, but turned into disaster when he fumbled at mid-field. His very next run after the catch appeared to be even meaner when he plowed ahead for 22 yards, punishing the Jacksonville secondary. He was targeted twice in the end zone and nearly caught a 22 yard TD pass, but for his left foot scraping out of bounds. Braylon also had a reverse, in which he attempted a pass to fellow receiver, Jerricho Cotchery, which was nearly intercepted by Mathis. Down the stretch, Edwards made a spectacular 3rd down conversion snag working against a zone defense and was slow to get up as he was upended after extending himself in the middle of the field. He appeared to play with attitude and ferocity and should continue to be a major cog in the Jets game plan going forward. Edwards did drop the two-point conversion that would have opened up a three-point lead to cap the latest up and down day in an up and down career.
Week 11 vs. NE
Receiving: 1 / 10 / 0 on 5 targets
Braylon went into half time with only one reception. But unlike last week, where he came out with a big 2nd half, he never seemed to find his way into the game plan. He did have one long ball thrown his way where he appeared to draw a lot of contact, but didn't get the flag. Edwards ended the day with a very disappointing line of one catch for 10 yards.
Week 12 vs. CAR
Receiving: 3 / 40 / 0 on 4 targets
Edwards didn't get many targets, but the few he got showed how much of a mismatch he is for cornerbacks when it comes time to tackle him in the open field. They were relegated to ankle-biting to bring down Edwards because he was running strong after short catches, including one in the red zone. Like Cotchery, his value is in hibernation until the Jets re-open up the passing game, but don't forget how talented Edwards is in the meantime.
Week 13 vs. BUF
Receiving: 3 / 45 / 1 on 6 targets
After short arming and dropping a potential 84 yard TD pass where he beat his defender badly, Edwards redeemed himself with two nice grabs in the first half. The first one was a leaping snag converting on a 3rd and 15 for 27 yards, and the second coming on a TD catch where he used his hand on the ground for balance and pushed off, lunging across the goal line for a 13 yard TD reception with 44 seconds left in the half.
Week 14 vs. TB
Receiving: 3 / 37 / 0 on 5 targets
Edwards got one deep target, but he was well-covered. He did have a big third-down conversion when the Jets were deep in their own end, and he also made a tough catch over the middle, but the team didn't need to open up the passing game in this one, so his numbers suffered.
Week 15 vs. ATL
Receiving: 5 / 105 / 1 on 7 targets
Edwards didn't drop his wide open 65 yard catch for a TD, but he did fight it a little. He had an inspiring run after catch in Falcons territory where it took about five Falcons to finally bring him down. He also caught a ball inside the 10 and got targeted in the end zone, but it was behind him. Edwards seems to have the trust of Sanchez because Sanchez will throw to him even when he isn't wide open. Sanchez did take another shot downfield to Edwards, but overthrew him by a large margin.
Week 16 vs. IND
Receiving: 2 / 18 / 0 on 5 targets
Edwards had sure hands when the opportunity was there, but was covered tightly on most plays. Sanchez got him the ball a couple of times on quick slant patterns.
Week 17 vs. CIN
Receiving: 2 / 15 / 0 on 7 targets
The Jets preferred to throw the ball short and control the line of scrimmage with the running game. Edwards was most often targeted underneath on bubble screens. His lone deep target was thrown a little behind him, but a better adjustment to the ball could have resulted in a long touchdown pass.
Week 18 vs. CIN
Receiving: 2 / 15 / 0 on 4 targets
Edwards had a perfectly thrown deep ball hit him right in the breadbasket. The play is another in a long line of spectacular drops, and each one erodes the possibility of Edwards getting a lucrative long-term deal in the offseason. He did convert a big third-down catch to set up the Jets third TD, but Edwards continues to disappoint more than delight.
Week 19 vs. SD
Receiving: 2 / 41 / 0 on 5 targets
Edwards didn't have any blatant drops in this one, but that's mostly because he was never in a position to really do so. He was unable to get behind the defense much, but he did have a couple of big receptions that probably helped along the confidence of his young quarterback. He had a 21 yard grab on third and long in the first half. On the next possession, he added a 20 yard catch again on third and long. And while he was shut out in the second half, he at least made a mark early on to help Sanchez's composure.
Week 20 vs. IND
Receiving: 2 / 100 / 1 on 5 targets
Edwards made a couple of momentum changing plays. Early on, he made a nice catch in stride on a play action slant, which allowed him to pick up a few yards after the catch and seemed to energize his team. Edwards gave the Jets the lead with a long touchdown, when he beat his man easily, catching the ball for an 80 yard score. Those would prove to be his only two receptions of the day, but they were meaningful. His butterfingers reputation didn't seem to be an issue in this game, though he did have one drop on a hard, right on target pass from Sanchez later in the game.