WR Braylon Edwards - Free Agent
|6-3, 206||Born: 2-21-1983||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 1, pick 3 (2005)|
2012 Week 1 vs ARI (9 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
For a majority of the game it looked as though Edwards may have become Wilson's favorite target, but the start and finish were pretty rough. His first catch was a two yard reception that should have been four. Edwards was hit in the hands right at the first down markers and bobbled the ball back two yards before he was tackled. A clean catch would have meant a first down, but he was bailed out by a penalty. Edwards' success came mostly on short to intermediate hitches, and his timing with Wilson was impeccable. He showed good effort getting every yard he could after the catch, and good hands for most of the game. On the Seahawks last offensive play of the game Edwards had his hands on a ball in the end zone but was unable to hold on under duress. He could have done a better job using his body to shield the defender.
2012 Week 6 vs NE (3 / 2 / 21 / 1 rec)
Edwards (2 rec for 21 yards and a TD) plays a niche role for the Seahawks when they are in the red zone. He is a tall, vertical WR that has yet to emerge in the WR corps for Seattle. He may, however, begin to eat away at Golden Tate's snaps after he hauled in a 10-yard touchdown at a crucial point in the 4th quarter.
2012 Week 7 vs SF (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Edwards will receive some criticism for dropping a pass in the endzone in the second quarter, but he showed excellent athleticism to high point a pass that was simply thrown up between he and two defenders. It was by no means an easy reception as the defenders were in good position and Edwards had to extend his body.
2012 Week 15 vs TEN (5 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Claimed on waivers only six days ago, Edwards started and played most of the game despite practicing in a limited fashion. Edwards showed no fear as he worked the middle of the field and took advantage of match-ups against safeties. Edwards beat Michael Griffin on a slant route and secured a 17-yard gain. Sanchez came back to Edwards, finding him down the seam for another 15-yard gain. Edwards is nursing a hamstring injury, but looked comfortable catching passes from Sanchez.
2012 Week 16 vs SD (5 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Edwards was the Jets go-to guy in the red zone, though he was unable to convert any into scores. He was targeted in the front corner of the end zone on a quick out, but the ball was overthrown out of bounds. He later saw another target in the end zone, and drew a pass interference penalty call. Edwards DID catch three passes, one of them a TOUGH catch with the defender hanging all over him. But with QB Greg McElroy under so much duress from the San Diego pass rush, Edwards' deep routes never had a chance to develop.
2012 Week 17 vs BUF (8 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Sanchez's favorite target on Sunday, Edwards was targeted eight times with four catches for 42 yards. Edwards' long went for 19 yards and showed flashes of his breakout season in Cleveland. An attempted back shoulder throw, Sanchez actually threw it too far inside, but Edwards was able to elevate and avoid CB Aaron Williams' flailing arms to bring the throw in. Coming down hard on his back, Edwards maintained control despite the tumble. Edwards again made a great grab on an errant Sanchez throw, this time picking the low throw from his shoe tops for 12 yards on a 3rd and five.
2011 Week 1 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Edwards is the team's best wide receiver and should be used more than any other. His upside is limited by his quarterback situation, but he did get a redzone target (in the endzone actually) on which he drew a pass interference call. One of his catches came on a slant pattern where the ball actually came a bit late. Edwards was able to use his big body to keep the cornerback away from the ball and secure the catch. Although it was a relatively modest gain, that kind of catch should give Smith confidence to utilize his new weapon more. If Gore continues to be un-explosive, Edwards will be this offense's second-best chance to produce big plays after Vernon Davis.
2011 Week 2 vs DAL (2 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Edwards was injured early in the contest against Dallas in week two. He did have two passes thrown his direction on successive plays as Alex Smith tried to get him involved in the offense. His lone catch came on a nice reception across the middle wherein he was able to use his momentum to gain about five yards after the catch. He appeared to hurt his knee on the play and would not return.
2011 Week 8 vs CLE (7 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Edwards had a solid game back from his knee injury that has kept him out most of the season. He proved to be a good target for Smith as they converted all 4 receptions for first downs. The 49ers want to get him involved but the game just dictated more running plays because they got off to an early lead, and they wanted to keep punishing the Browns. This was a good game to build on for Braylon.
2011 Week 9 vs WAS (3 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Returning from injury, Edwards was an afterthought in the game plan, but did have one play that reminded of what he's capable of when given the chance. He showed pretty good hands on his first catch, a quick out pattern for not very many yards. On his second he caught the ball on a slant pattern, bounced off two would-be tacklers and busted outside for a 24 yard gain. His future looks to be brighter than this game, but he also has a low ceiling in this offense, since he's behind Gore and Crabtree for touches. He's also behind Vernon Davis in the pecking order, but that could change based on Davis's disappointing play of late.
2011 Week 10 vs NYG (6 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Braylon Edwards had some explosive plays and almost scored on Sunday vs. the Giants. Edwards got open near the side line many times and looked dominant at times as he fought for the ball. Edwards also almost scored in the endzone as Smith tried to get him the ball via multiple fade passes but these were not very accurate and came with good coverage. Edwards also had a terrific toe tapping sideline catch and was very impressive as he kept his feet in bounds. Edwards has the talent and speed to make big plays in this offense but they run the ball a lot and have other weapons for QB Smith to lean on. It will be difficult to tell when/if Edwards goes off and has a big game.
2011 Week 11 vs ARI (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Edwards had a disappointing day as he dropped an easy TD early in the game. Edwards also wasn't able to convert on two other balls that could have been caught. After that Smith didn't seem to trust Edwards as much, and Smith turned his focus to his other targets.
2011 Week 12 vs BAL (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Edwards was pretty much invisible for most of the game. He did get a target on an ill advised throw to the end zone. On the play, Edwards had exactly zero separation from the DB and then was completely beat on the play as it was intercepted. Other than a 5 yard hitch, Edwards had little involvement in the rest of the game.
2011 Week 14 vs ARI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Edwards was active but played a limited role due to a lingering knee injury. He did get one end zone look, but the ball was thrown just out of reach.
2011 Week 16 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Edwards drew into the lineup again and made a good extension to catch a hard throw in the two minute drill of the first half. He was targeted once more, but the one catch was his main contribution.
2010 Week 1 vs BAL (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Edwards' one catch night was mainly a product of Sanchez' inability to execute offensively. On the play where Edwards was running along the back line of the endzone, Sanchez should have been able to connect with him for a touchdown. Edwards' was used early on an end around for minimal gain, but his involvement was stymied by Sanchez's unwillingness to go downfield.
2010 Week 2 vs NE (6 / 5 / 45 / 1 rec)
Edwards has long been criticized and mocked for being unable to consistently catch balls thrown his way but on Sunday Edwards was nearly perfect, hauling in five of his six targets. On his touchdown he aggressively went after the ball and used his upper body to keep it away from Patriots corner Darius Butler. He showed that focus again on a reception to convert a two point conversion. His biggest flaw in this game was when he received a taunting penalty after his first touchdown - a penalty that should have repeated when he jawed with Butler again after the conversion. Coach Rex Ryan later said it cost him a game ball from the staff. On the whole though, Edwards looked very sharp and if he can hold onto the ball, Sanchez likes to use his size and reach in the end zone.
2010 Week 3 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 87 / 1 rec)
Edwards sat out the first quarter of the game against Miami and the Jets were so effective without him, one wondered whether they could have played the whole game without him. Once in the game though, Edwards made his presence felt. His very first catch was a 67 yard touchdown where he showed his speed and agility to make the most of a much shorter pass. On the play, Miami cornerback Jason Allen slipped on the turf laid over the baseball infield still present in the stadium. Edwards kept his feet, got around Allen and turned the speed on for the touchdown. Edwards was able to take advantage of Allen several more times, including drawing a critical pass interference penalty where he used his body to force Allen backwards as the pass left quarterback Mark Sanchez's hand. Allen never turned his head, got his hands on Edwards and was flagged. Despite the interference, Edwards still almost caught the ball. That play set the Jets up for a game-icing touchdown by LaDainian Tomlinson. While it's clear given his post game comments that he doesn't quite get what happened last week with his DUI, he put forth a very good effort and responded well to a rough week.
2010 Week 4 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 86 / 1 rec)
Edwards once again had a very good game, this time without the benefit of a benching for the first quarter. He got most of his targets in the first half along with his touchdown reception, where Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin was baited with a great pump fake by Jets QB Mark Sanchez. Edwards already had some separation on McKelvin, and was wide open when Sanchez threw the ball. An easy trot down the field put the Jets up 17-0. As good as plays like that are, what has been very interesting to watch this season has been how focused Edwards has been during a catch. A great example of this was in the 4th quarter when Edwards made a great catch along the sideline - it wasn't a spectacular, highlite reel catch but the sort of tough catch that, in the past, would have been missed by Edwards. He showed good focus making the catch and balance as he ran for another seven yards along the sideline. It is catches like this which have made Edwards much more effective than he has been for the last several years.
2010 Week 5 vs MIN (11 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
The Jets first play was a 31 yard pass to Edwards off of play action where he went down the middle of two split safeties, exposing the Viking secondary early on. Sanchez took a couple of shots early on Edwards way, but he was unable to fight off the defender and maintain control of the ball, something Edwards has struggled with his entire NFL career. Edwards has loads of ability, size and strength, but until he puts it all together, he'll continue to be on the outside of the elite group, looking in.
2010 Week 6 vs DEN (8 / 4 / 46 / 1 rec)
Sanchez does a great job spreading the ball around, and rarely focuses on one receiver. Edwards had a very nice 32 yard TD from Sanchez in the 2nd quarter, but other than that was very quiet on the day. The TD was a thing of beauty, as he ran a post pattern and beat Champ Bailey on single coverage for a score, which isn't easy to do. But other than that, he w
2010 Week 8 vs GB (5 / 1 / 32 / 0 rec)
Edwards' only catch was a long 32-yard reception but he was targeted deep three other times during the game.
2010 Week 9 vs DET (8 / 3 / 78 / 1 rec)
This has been a very good season for Edwards, as he seems to have done a good job of overcoming his usual case of 'hand-yips' and make some pretty good catches. While he didn't come down with even half his targets on Sunday but he made the ones he did catch, count. On his touchdown, Edwards got a step on Detroit CB Alfonso Smith with a little shake in his route. Then he made the catch and despite being tripped up a bit by a diving Smith, kept his balance as he ran for the touchdown. Edwards still makes his share of blunders; he fumbled the ball to start the third quarter when Louis Delmas caught him from behind and the Lions capitalized on that turnover by scoring a touchdown. Overall though, this has been a solid season for him and Edwards again found a way to contribute.
2010 Week 10 vs CLE (7 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)
Edwards began his day on a bit of a rough note, as he caught his first pass (a short pass along the left sideline) and lowered his head as he ran into Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown. After the play, there was quite a bit of shoving between the Jets and Browns, with Edwards in the middle. Edwards didn't get another pass until the second quarter when he took another short pass for 21 yards on a crossing route. It did appear as if he could have gained more yards had he turned directly upfield and challenged the defense more, but instead he ran for the sideline and out of bounds. Edwards was also the intended target on QB Mark Sanchez's interception in overtime. The ball was so underthrown that Edwards had no real chance to stop the INT.
2010 Week 11 vs HOU (6 / 4 / 86 / 1 rec)
Edwards is having a very good year, one of the best he's had in a very long time. What's interesting to note though, is the little things he does beyond improving his hands. Watching Edwards this season, he's shown constant and solid effort in blocking for both his fellow wide receiver and the running backs, good route running and general enthusiasm for his teammates. Maybe it's the playoff aspirations, maybe it's Rex Ryan but whatever it is, Edwards is a very different player this season then we've seen before - maybe then we've seen at all. Of course, he does all the things he's supposed to do as well. His touchdown was a simple timing pass where he ran a quick slant to meet the ball at the goal line and fall into the end zone for a score. However, twice he was able to split the zone and find himself in open space for a long bomb. The first he streaked down the middle of the field but was overthrown by Sanchez. The second big throw was a key one during the final drive of the game. With just 24 seconds left, Edwards ran down the sideline, running past one defender and gaining good seperation on him. Sanchez threaded a perfect pass this time and Edwards caught it in stride as he was hit. Edwards tiptoed down the sideline a bit and got out of bounds at the six, setting up Holmes' game winning touchdown.
2010 Week 12 vs CIN (8 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Edwards just missed a TD in the endzone. It almost looked as if Edwards took a bad angle at the ball. Then he got turned around on a deep pass and when he located the ball caught it with one foot just touching the goalline. In the end, those two opportunities cost Edwards a big game, as he didn't do much else.
2010 Week 13 vs NE (7 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
Edwards is at his best when he is able to take a defense by surprise and go downfield for a big play. The Jets fell behind big in this game and did their best to prevent any big plays. Aswell as this, Edwards had to deal with a heavy running game in the game plan and Holmes being the clear #1 WR in this offense. Edwards dropped a couple of passes as he is known for with poor catching technique. He continues to be an underperforming athletically gifted receiver that will never be the focal point of this offense. Edwards does not have the hands to be a possession receiver and when he cannot get the big play down the field, his production will suffer.
2010 Week 14 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Edwards was almost nonexistent in this game, perhaps a result of his inability to catch the targets he had received the last few weeks. Oddly enough, the bad drops during this game were not Edwards' fault but to be fair, it's impossible to drop balls when nobody is throwing to you.
2010 Week 15 vs PIT (11 / 8 / 100 / 0 rec)
With the addition of Holmes, Jets' opponents have a difficult decision to make. Do they cover Holmes with the #1 cornerback, cover Edwards with the #1, or leave each corner to play a side of the field? Edwards feasted on Steeler corners not named Ike Taylor in this game. He caught short balls. He caught a deep ball down the far sideline in the 2nd quarter to set up a field goal. Edwards was the best receiver on the field - a very dynamic player who appeared to get the early Christmas present of a new set of hands. Known for his tendency to drop balls, Edwards did none of that - even catching a very tough shoestring grab in the 4th quarter. If Sanchez can build on his effort, and Edwards can continue to play at this level, the Jets' passing game will develop enough to allow them to be more balanced throughout the playoffs - as opposed to simply being a run-run-pass team that relies on its defense.
2010 Week 16 vs CHI (8 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)
Edwards was pretty quiet for the first half as he was only targeted twice. In the second half he was targeted on some longer plays and several of his catches were for first downs. Sanchez also looked for him on a pair of deeper throws that were incomplete. The only really bad play was one when Brad Smith was in at quarterback. Smith made a rare throw and was a little long, but Edwards could very well have made more of an attempt to catch the ball. For a guy who has clearly been putting forth 100% each week, it was an unusual lapse in effort. It didn't seem to affect the Jets' play calling though, as Edwards saw passes in another key drive a short time later.
2010 Week 17 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 52 / 1 rec)
Like Holmes, Edwards only saw a handful of snaps and on his one catch, made it count. On his 52 yard touchdown, Edwards ran a solid route, but was still well covered by CB Leodis McKelvin. However, the big wide receiver was able to get a step on McKelvin and QB Mark Brunnell threw an outstanding pass just past the Bills CB, hitting Edwards just about perfectly in stride. Edwards shrugged off a lunge by McKelvin and sauntered into the end zone for a score.
2010 Week 18 vs IND (5 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)
Edwards made some pretty big plays against the Colts. He continues to commit heavily to blocking for the ground game which cannot be emphasized enough in run heavy offense like this. Also his overall ability to hang onto the ball has improved tremendously, though it was tested often by some errant Mark Sanchez throws. Twice he had to go up high for a pass, including a key first down to get kicker Nick Folk within easy field goal range to win the game. On the play, Edwards ran down the field, stopped and used his body to extend and get the catch. He also did a tremendous job getting both feet in as he fell to the ground. Earlier in the drive, Edwards had caught the ball, then dropped it and recovered it. It was a close thing but for once, Edwards' butter fingers didn't cost his team.
2010 Week 19 vs NE (3 / 2 / 52 / 1 rec)
Edwards had a terrific game, as long as you take away the long completion to Santonio Holmes that he broke up because he didn't know that Holmes was behind him. Edwards scored the Jets second TD right before the half when carried two Patriots DBs into the end zone, and he also had a terrific deep catch to set up the Jets first TD on an improvisational play directed by Sanchez. He only caught two balls, but both were huge plays.
2010 Week 20 vs PIT (7 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
Edwards converted a key fourth-down late in the game to help the Jets pull within five points, but he never got free deep, and he had one mental error that caused a three-and-out when he couldn't get his foot down inbounds on a third-down reception. Edwards didn't play badly by any means, but he didn't have that huge individual the Jets needed to help them get over the hump.
2009 Week 1 vs MIN (5 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 2 vs DEN (7 / 6 / 92 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 3 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 4 vs CIN (5 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 5 vs MIA (9 / 5 / 64 / 1 rec)
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.
2009 Week 6 vs BUF (9 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 7 vs OAK (2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 8 vs MIA (8 / 4 / 74 / 1 rec)
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.
2009 Week 10 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 79 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 11 vs NE (5 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 12 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 13 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 45 / 1 rec)
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.
2009 Week 14 vs TB (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 15 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 105 / 1 rec)
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.
2009 Week 16 vs IND (5 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 17 vs CIN (7 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 18 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 19 vs SD (5 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 20 vs IND (5 / 2 / 100 / 1 rec)
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.
2008 Week 1 vs DAL (9 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Edwards was the most targeted receiver, but he was not the most reliable. He dropped three passes, one of which that was just off of his fingertips would have gone for a long gain had he been able to hold on to the ball. During the first half he appeared to be the primary receiver on most pass routes, and one man that Anderson was looking for to make a big play. Edwards did draw a pass interference penalty in the end zone that led to the only Cleveland touchdown.
2008 Week 2 vs PIT (9 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Edwards was tightly covered all night, but still should have came up with more than three of the nine passes thrown his way. A couple passes were slightly behind him, but with the wind he cannot expect any better. One target that was in the red zone involved Derek Anderson leading Edwards into the safety who laid Edwards out in a scary play, but Edwards returned.
2008 Week 3 vs BAL (7 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Edwards was covered well by the Ravens, who often were quick to react to his first move and broke up timing routes. He had no chance on a couple of balls thrown his way. He did not have any drops on the night, but he did bobble the ball once. Two of his routes got jumped by the Ravens for interceptions, one resulting in a touchdown.
2008 Week 4 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 22 / 1 rec)
Edwards was visibly frustrated early in the game about how the offense was being run, but eventually calmed down and made some plays. He made a couple of touch catches, one being a one handed catch in the end zone for a touchdown.
2008 Week 6 vs NYG (6 / 5 / 154 / 1 rec)
Edwards, who has gotten off to a terrible start this season, took the second pass of the game 49 yards on a quick slant after he broke a tackle and turned a short gain into a big one. Edwards would come back later in the half with even a longer play when he got behind CB Aaron Ross and QB Derrick Anderson hit him on deep pass for 70 yards. He was caught from behind and tackled on the four yard line. He finished the first half with three catches for 129 yards. Edwards would catch an 11 yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter on nice play where the quarterback rolled out and he got open in the back of the end zone. Edwards caught a two point conversion in the fourth quarter after a Browns interception return for a touchdown. In this game, Edwards looked like the big time playmaker most people thought they were getting when they drafted him.
2008 Week 7 vs WAS (13 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)
Edwards dropped a couple passes thrown to him, and was missed on four other occasions. He managed to get open against aggressive coverage, but was a non-factor until late in the game. In the fourth quarter he showed good hands and route running to snare some passes, including getting open in the end zone for a two-point conversion play that brought Cleveland to within three points. As with the other receivers, Edwards did not have a consistent effort.
2008 Week 8 vs JAX (6 / 2 / 64 / 0 rec)
Edwards had his opportunities in the end zone, but was defended well on one play where the defensive back deflected the ball before he could secure it, and was overthrown on another play where he was open. He ran routes well and was able to get open deep several times, but just managed one reception of a deep pass. Edwards had another chance at a touchdown, catching a pass along the sideline, but as he ran towards the end zone, he was forced out 20 yards from the end zone by the only defender who was anywhere near him.
2008 Week 9 vs BAL (9 / 4 / 86 / 1 rec)
Edwards continued his reputation of a great playmaker with inconsistent hands. He caught four balls for 86 yards and had a nice touchdown catch to start the third quarter. Despite that, he dropped a beautiful deep pass from Derek Anderson that was right on the money that should have resulted in a touchdown. Edwards just seems to lose focus sometimes when the ball is coming to him.
2008 Week 10 vs DEN (6 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Edwards made only one reception for 15 yards on his six targets.
2008 Week 11 vs BUF (16 / 8 / 104 / 0 rec)
Edwards got off to a slow start by dropping his league leading twelfth pass in the first quarter deep in Buffalo territory. He came back productive second quarter when he caught three balls for a total of 48 yards in a 95 yard touchdown drive early. He caught a 20 yard pass deep down the middle for his first catch of the game and then came back one play later with an 18 yard pass down the left side. He finished the first half with four catches for 53 yards. Edwards was Quinn's favorite target and despite man-to-man coverage most of the night, he was covered pretty well most of the night and struggled to get good separation from defenders. He finished with pretty nice game catching another four passes for 51 yards in the second half, but never really had a good scoring opportunity in the game.
2008 Week 12 vs HOU (15 / 5 / 85 / 0 rec)
Edwards once again failed to impress, catching only five of the 16 balls thrown his way. He dropped three passes he legitimately should have caught and often gave up on his patterns because he thought he was covered. This cost the Browns once as Edwards did not finish his slant and Quinn threw it to where he was going and the pass was intercepted. Edwards did have a couple of nice plays but all-in-all he really cost the Browns.
2008 Week 13 vs IND (5 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
Edwards did not see 16 targets like he saw the previous week, but he did hold onto the balls he was supposed to. He only caught two balls, but the other three passes were not catchable - two coming from Ken Dorsey while Edwards was double covered with under a minute on the clock. Edwards likely saw less action due to the big crosswind and the increased attention he got when Winslow went out.
2008 Week 14 vs TEN (14 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Edwards got targeted a lot by Dorsey, but not many of them were close to being catchable. Three catches looks atrocious on 16 targets, but it was really Dorsey's fault and not Edwards this week.
2008 Week 15 vs PHI (5 / 5 / 102 / 0 rec)
Edwards looked good running routes against double coverage and showed great ability to make plays on all of his receptions. He had no problems with his hands against the Eagles. Edwards broke the 100 yard barrier for the third straight time on Monday Night Football this season.
2008 Week 16 vs CIN (8 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Edwards caught all the balls he could on Sunday. The ball was often forced to him on well covered routes. He did not have any drops. Three of the passes thrown to Edwards ended up as interceptions, but none of them were really his fault.
2008 Week 17 vs PIT (5 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Edwards was only able to connect once for five yards from QB Bruce Gradkowski. Noticeable was a high number of incomplete passes, one of which was picked off. Not much else to comment on here.
2007 Week 1 vs PIT (8 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)
Edwards saw his targets increase once Anderson entered the game, but was unable to get much going on the afternoon. Though Anderson looked deep to him on a couple of occasions throughout the game (including a late interception intended for him), most of Edwards' catches came on short passes, primarily to the right side. Edwards was also guilty of losing a fumble after making a nice catch at midfield.
2007 Week 2 vs CIN (14 / 8 / 146 / 2 rec)
Edwards was the go-to target of Derek Anderson all day. He proved his toughness early in the first quarter going over the middle for an overthrown Derek Anderson pass that ended with Edwards being sandwiched in mid-air between two Bengal defenders. The pass may have been incomplete, but after shaking off the hit Edwards was back in the game on the next series. Edwards made a great diving catch on a 37 yard touchdown pass in the second half and proved very difficult to cover, no matter how the Bengals changed their coverage schemes.
2007 Week 3 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 83 / 1 rec)
Edwards began the afternoon with a nice catch down the sidelines over the shoulder where he tipped the ball to himself to avoid the defender, but later dropped an easy pass over the middle which would have gone for a first down. Edwards was blanketed much of the afternoon, but came free across the middle of the end zone to catch a 21 yard touchdown on a perfect pass from Derek Anderson in the third quarter of this game to temporarily put the Browns ahead.
2007 Week 4 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 97 / 1 rec)
Edwards is clearly the go to wide receiver in the Browns offensive scheme. He was willing to go over the middle of the field but also demonstrated his speed and agility as he faked out and then burned past Chris McAllister on a 78 yard touchdown pass.
2007 Week 5 vs NE (11 / 6 / 110 / 0 rec)
Edwards has shown to be nearly unstoppable this year regardless of how defenses plot against him. He again led all Cleveland receivers with six balls for 110 yards and helps Winslow get open over the middle. Since Anderson became the starter in game two, Edwards has scored a total of four touchdowns and gained at least 83 yards per game.
2007 Week 6 vs MIA (9 / 5 / 67 / 3 rec)
Edwards showed why he is starting to live up to his third overall draft status. While catching three touchdown passes, Edwards demonstrated both his speed in getting behind defenders and his ability in jumping up over the cornerbacks for two of his three touchdown passes. His touchdown in the fourth quarter truly demonstrated why he is becoming such a key piece of the Browns offense. On this touchdown pass, Edwards ran a nice fade route to the outside corner of the endzone. Seeing an under-thrown pass from Derek Anderson, Edwards cut the route short, jumped over the defender, and came down with the ball and a touchdown. He was clearly Derek Anderson's first look on pass plays all afternoon.
2007 Week 8 vs STL (10 / 8 / 117 / 2 rec)
Edwards was nearly unstoppable for most of the game. Whether he had to jump over a defender to catch a pass, like he did on his first touchdown catch in the first quarter, or just speed past a defender to get into open space, Edwards displayed a myriad of talents. Perhaps his best play came in the first quarter, where Edwards jumped over a Rams defender, made the catch and managed to keep both feet in bounds. For most of the game, Edwards was able to get open and haul in passes anywhere on the field. Only a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, for removing his helmet after a catch and a dropped pass late in the fourth quarter tainted what was, overall, a very impressive game.
2007 Week 9 vs SEA (11 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
Edwards was double covered for most of the afternoon, though Derek Anderson still found a way to try to get him the ball. Edwards' presence likewise helped open up the middle of the field for Kellen Winslow, and allowed the Browns to generate a ground game near the goalline.
2007 Week 10 vs PIT (7 / 1 / 16 / 1 rec)
Edwards was heavily covered throughout most of the game, but made a fantastic tip toe touchdown catch on his only grab when his quarterback threw the ball where only he could catch it. Edwards turned at the last second and dragged both his feet in bounds for a touchdown following a successful challenge by coach Romeo Crenel.
2007 Week 11 vs BAL (15 / 8 / 85 / 0 rec)
Edwards did not have one of his most memorable days, but nonetheless remained the key piece of the Browns passing offense. He did drop a sure touchdown pass early in the first quarter and had a key fumble during the Browns first possession of the game. Outside of those mistakes, Edwards still turned in a decent performance, making some very difficult catches over the center of the field and continued to be Derek Anderson's primary target in the passing game.
2007 Week 12 vs HOU (9 / 4 / 57 / 1 rec)
Edwards had a good day by most standards but still did struggle at times. He had three key drops in the game, all three being well placed passes that hit him square in the numbers. On all three plays, Edwards appeared to take off running down the field before he had secured the football. Despite the drops, QB Derek Anderson still went to Edwards as the primary receiver in the offense. Edwards would have had at least two more catches, as he did manage to get wide open close to the sidelines, but under-thrown passes by Derek Anderson prevented the additional receptions.
2007 Week 13 vs ARI (14 / 7 / 149 / 1 rec)
Edwards had another solid day, dropping only one pass and making some tough catches for the Browns. In the third quarter, on single coverage against CB Antrel Rolle, Edwards ran a short slant over the middle of the field, made a tough catch in traffic and was subject to a fierce hit from Rolle coming over the back. Edwards was able to not only hang on the ball, but take the hit and still reach forward for the first down. The play was one of the many ways Edwards was integrated into the Browns offense. At the end of the third quarter, Edwards put a very nice double move on Antrel Rolle, streaking past the defender, to make a leaping catch that resulted in a 67 yard touchdown. Aside from demonstrating his impressive moves, the play showed the speed Edwards has, as he easily gained separation from his defenders.
2007 Week 14 vs NYJ (6 / 3 / 63 / 1 rec)
Edwards got off to a slow start, but ignited his afternoon with a fourth down catch for fourteen yards in the second quarter where he was able to get both feet down and extend a drive that would help break a scoreless tie.
2007 Week 15 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)
Despite the weather, Edwards did make two brilliant catches. The first was a ball he tipped to himself, made the catch, and had the presence of mind to get both feet in-bounds. The second was a poorly thrown pass over his shoulder that showcased both Edwards leaping ability and his excellent hands. Both catches were certainly highlight-reel but ultimately both drives ended in a Cleveland punt.
2007 Week 16 vs CIN (16 / 8 / 52 / 2 rec)
Edwards suffered the most from the struggles by Derek Anderson. While he did lead the Browns in terms of number of receptions, his yardage was weak primarily because most of his receptions came on short cut routes toward the middle of the field. He did catch two touchdown passes, both over the center of the field, and was the first red zone look for Anderson. He was usually double teamed and had to either dive or leap for the pass. His first touchdown reception was impressive as he shed his coverage and found a gap over the center of the field for the catch.
2007 Week 17 vs SF (7 / 3 / 67 / 1 rec)
Edwards' best play of the day was his 45 yard touchdown catch. On the play he made a very nice fake toward the middle of the field, a fake that Nate Clemens bought. This allowed Edwards to break deep down the field, with Anderson hitting him in stride for the score. Both Quinn and Anderson looked to Edwards side of the field first on almost every passing play.
2006 Week 1 vs NO (6 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Edwards flashed his potential on the first play from scrimmage, however his 74 yard touchdown reception where he got wide open was called back. He was not targeted again in the first half, and did not see much attention until late in the game, when he let a ball bounce off his hands en route to a Saints' interception.
2006 Week 2 vs CIN (9 / 4 / 110 / 0 rec)
Edwards provided the only real highlight of the day, catching a long pass down the left sideline and dragging a pair of defenders from the ten yard line down to the one, coming up just short of the end zone on the 75 yard pass play. Edwards finished with over 100 yards and was the most targeted receiver, an encouraging sign of future success in this offense.
2006 Week 3 vs BAL (9 / 5 / 116 / 1 rec)
Edwards was all over the field, and came up with a big play down the left sideline for a 58 yard touchdown where Frye threw the ball up in the air before Edwards had been the defender, but by the time the ball came down, Edwards had at least two steps on the defender. Edwards did a better job of coming up with the catch against the Ravens, and passed the 100 yard mark for the second week in a row.
2006 Week 4 vs OAK (8 / 6 / 75 / 0 rec)
Edwards was the primary option of Frye early in the game, and the Browns continued to utilize him on deep routes in hopes of stretching the defense. After back to back games with over 100 yards, Edwards failed to reach the mark, but did lead the team in receiving.
2006 Week 5 vs CAR (11 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Despite guaranteeing a big game against cornerback Chris Gamble, Edwards was not given the time to get behind the defense against the Panthers, and did not appear to be on the same page as Frye after great progress in previous weeks.
2006 Week 7 vs DEN (7 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Edwards was unable to get untracked against Champ Bailey and finished with just two short catches. One of his receptions was a one handed catch in the first quarter. Edwards was targeted deep, but the pass was broken up.
2006 Week 8 vs NYJ (4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
The Browns continue to try to go deep to Edwards on the opening series of each game, though haven't been able to connect in recent weeks. This was the third game in a row in which Edwards was held below thirty yards, and the conservative offensive approach did not seem to work in Edwards' favor against the Jets.
2006 Week 9 vs SD (11 / 7 / 66 / 1 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Edwards scored on a four yard touchdown in garbage time with San Diego already up by 14 points. The score itself was pretty nice, as Edwards fought off a couple of defenders and made his way into the end zone. Aside from that score, Edwards had a very solid afternoon. He showed why Cleveland made him a top pick a year ago when he dove and picked a low throw from Frye just above the ground for a first down reception. He also had a knack for getting open, and again showed no ill effects from last season's injury. Edwards appears to be getting stronger by the week. The only blemish on his record in this game was an early pass from Frye that Edwards allowed to go off his hands and into the waiting arms of Chargers LB Donnie Edwards for an interception.
2006 Week 10 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 31 / 1 rec)
Edwards found the end zone for the second week in a row on a nice crossing pattern. The Browns continue to use Edwards as a deep threat, and have established a pattern of trying to get him behind the defense on their opening drive, though without success in this game and in recent weeks. Edwards was targeted deep in the red zone on the scoring drive which culminated in a Reuben Droughns touchdown.
2006 Week 11 vs PIT (10 / 7 / 137 / 0 rec, 1 / -8 / 0 rush)
Edwards set career highs with seven receptions and 137 yards, 99 of which came in the first half. He saw at least one pass on the Browns' first four possessions, including his long of 63 yards to set up a Phil Dawson field goal. Edwards caught a simple out pass, but when CB Ike Taylor whiffed on the interception attempt, Edwards had nothing but the sideline in front of him and was eventually tackled at the Steelers' 19 yard line. Just before halftime and at the end of regulation, Edwards tipped Hail Mary passes to himself, but both were broken up before he could come down with them in the end zone. He was also the target of Cleveland's only other deep ball in the end zone, but that too was defended. He had one rush on a reverse for minus eight yards.
2006 Week 12 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Edwards was officially credited as starting this game, but was not present in many of the three wide receiver sets throughout the first half, which featured Joe Jurevicius, Dennis Northcutt and Josh Cribbs. It was not made clear whether this was a disciplinary action taken by the coach for Edwards' media comments earlier in the week about fellow teammates, especially safety Brian Russell. Edwards opened the second half with a nice 22 yard catch where he carried a number of defensive players for additional yardage. A few series later, following an interception by Charlie Frye intended for Joe Jurevicius, Edwards was observed screaming into the ear of quarterback Charlie Frye, and tried to push him on the shoulder before being pulled back by Reuben Droughns. Announcers later speculated that Edwards tried to clarify his comments on the field to Frye, though Frye didn't seem to be too interested in hearing him out, though he did target Edwards later in the game.
2006 Week 13 vs KC (6 / 3 / 36 / 1 rec)
Edwards had a good game picking up three completions, including one for a touchdown.
2006 Week 14 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 86 / 1 rec)
Edwards got off to a slow start, catching two passes for just ten yards, both on WR screens. He also dropped a pass after taking a heavy hit in the secondary and saw four targets in the first quarter. He wouldn't see another pass until the very late third quarter, but took a short pass over the middle and turned it up field for a 31 yard gain. Edwards had deja vu in the fourth quarter when he ran a hook route, caught the short pass, turned a tight corner to avoid a tackle and found open daylight en route to a 45 yard touchdown. He was the target of QB Derek Anderson's only deep pass attempt, but it was intercepted at the Steelers' nine yard line.
2006 Week 15 vs BAL (9 / 5 / 68 / 1 rec)
Edwards had his best game in weeks, and was actively involved in the game plan. In addition to his touchdown reception, he took the ball down to the three yard line on the play just prior to the touchdown by Joe Jurevicius. Edwards had a one yard reception called back due to pass interference called on teammate Kellen Winslow.
2006 Week 16 vs TB (7 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Edwards did not start this game, and only entered in the second quarter following a tongue lashing which teammate Kellen Winslow received on the sidelines from the head coach. The announcers noted that Edwards has been dealing with a hand injury, but it is not clear whether this contributed to him starting the game on the sidelines, or whether this was related to a coaches decision. This was the second time this year that such a scenario existed where he did not start, but entered in either the second or third quarter of the game. Once in the game, Edwards dropped multiple passes, and was generally ineffective in gaining separation from the Buccaneers secondary.
2006 Week 17 vs HOU (10 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Edwards was heavily targeted in this game, but quarterback Charlie Frye struggled to hit his open receiver downfield and outside the hash marks. Edwards was the intended target on Frye's interception, a poorly thrown ball to the end zone from the Houston eighteen yard line.
2005 Week 1 vs CIN (5 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
The highly heralded rookie from Michigan saw a good deal of playing time, but finished with just two catches as Dilfer found a connection with Frisman Jackson. One of Dilfer's two interceptions was on a pass intended for Edwards, though it is not clear whether Edwards was at fault for this.
2005 Week 2 vs GB (4 / 3 / 107 / 1 rec)
After a quiet Week 1, Edwards had a breakout game, highlighted by a slant on which he scampered 80 yards for a touchdown. Edwards played on a higher percentage of plays in this game, and will likely continue to see his role increase in this offense if he continues to impress his teammates and coaches as he did in this one. He was called for an illegal blocking penalty on a rushing play, though he was merely trying to prevent Droughns from getting killed by a blitzing safety that had gotten past him.
2005 Week 3 vs IND (7 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Edwards caught the ball well, and was able to pick up yards after the catch working opposite Antonio Bryant. Not looked for as often in the first half when the Browns were struggling under heavy pressure from the Colts' defense, Edwards was able to establish himself in the second half with a number of nice receptions.
2005 Week 7 vs DET (4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Edwards returned from his elbow infection and led the Browns in both catches and yards receiving. Unfortunately, this was just three catches for 30 yards, and like the rest of the Browns receivers was unable to get open with any regularity in time for Dilfer to deliver the ball to him.
2005 Week 8 vs HOU (4 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Edwards had a quiet afternoon, however, in his defense, so did the entire Browns passing game. Edwards split time in two wide receiver sets with Dennis Northcutt.
2005 Week 9 vs TEN (6 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Edwards was sporadically targeted in this game, and was not always the first or second intended target on the design of plays thrown his way. As a result, he caught just one ball.
2005 Week 10 vs PIT (8 / 2 / 64 / 0 rec)
Edwards made a terrific 27 yard catch, fighting off Deshea Townsend, and caught a 37 yard pass in the two minute drill. On Cleveland's second drive, Dilfer fired a bullet just out of Edwards' reach, who had his man beat and an angle on the safety. With his speed an 83 yard touchdown would not have been out of the question. He was also looked to in the end zone twice in the fourth quarter.
2005 Week 11 vs MIA (7 / 6 / 90 / 0 rec)
After a public outcry for more playing time, Edwards got his first start of the season in a two wide receiver set, and played with confidence, providing good results. Edwards was responsible for Charlie Frye's interception when he bobbled a pass thrown his way, but the young quarterback still showed considerable faith in him, and consistently threw Edwards the ball and asked his rookie receiver to make the play, which Edwards did consistently in this game.
2005 Week 12 vs MIN (7 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Edwards continues to see more and more balls in this offense, and given time, his ability as a playmaker should shine, however he seems limited with Dilfer at quarterback. He has lobbied for Charlie Frye at quarterback, and seems to respond more when Frye is in the game. Edwards had a little better success than teammate Antonio Bryant in catching the ball in this game, however was often overthrown.
2005 Week 13 vs JAX (7 / 5 / 86 / 2 rec)
Edwards was having the biggest game of his bright young career before a right knee injury left him in a great deal of pain early in the fourth quarter. Edwards required the assistance of the trainers in getting off the field, and could not put any weight on the right knee. An MRI of the knee was scheduled for Sunday evening, with results forthcoming. Prior to exiting, Edwards was playing fantastic, and the rapport he had developed with Charlie Frye, as noted in previous weeks was quite apparent in this game.