So Much For the New Braylon Edwards

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When Braylon Edwards arrived in New York, he was leaving behind a reputation of wasted potential in Cleveland, a terrible stretch capped by a laughable fight with a friend of LeBron James caused by Edwards' own insecurities about not being the biggest sports figure in his own town.

Right away, Edwards seemed to benefit from the change of scenery, making a few impressive catches and scoring a TD on Monday night Week 5 in Miami days after being dealt to the Jets. In his first two games with the Jets, he recorded a respectable seven catches for 153 yards. Then, as the Jets didn't prove to be much more respectable than the Browns he left, the numbers slipped. In the last three games: seven catches for 95 yards. Add an embarrassing wide open drop that nullified a certain touchdown last night, and it looks like Braylon is back to square one. Matt Millen might have commented that that was a deceptively difficult catch. Perhaps. But it's also one a starting receiver is expected to always make in the NFL.

Now that Mark Sanchez hurt his knee failing the Joe Girardi sliding test, will Braylon entirely lose focus down the stretch? If the Jets are to maintain any semblance of playoff hopes, their early season acquisition has to step it up.

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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