Braylon Edwards has been released by the New York Jets, the team announced Monday. The release puts the Jets right at the 75-player mark for Tuesday's roster deadline. Edwards re-signed with the team in July, but wasn't a big part of the offense in training camp. He didn't see the field at all during Saturday's preseason game against the New York Giants due to a leg injury.
According to Scott Salmon of the Jets blog Gang Green Nation, Edwards lost the gear that made him a potentially devastating wideout when he entered the NFL in 2005.
As I've been saying, Edwards is a shell of what he used to be in 2010. He simply isn't a good receiver anymore. We saw that as he struggled to gain separation against backups, and he lacked the burst of speed that used to make him such a good deep threat.
Edwards is a former No. 3 overall pick for the Cleveland Browns. His best season came in 2007, when he had 80 receptions for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns. Edwards' numbers declined steadily from there, thanks in part to injuries. He had a resurgent season with the Jets in 2010, catching 53 passes for 904 yards and seven touchdowns, but had no more than 181 yards receiving in his next three seasons.
Where Edwards goes now remains to be seen. He has appeared in three different uniforms in the last two seasons alone. The fact that he couldn't stay on the Jets' depth chart may not bode well for his chances of playing this season.
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