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Braylon’s 17 Again on the Jets Roster

Posted by Randy Lange on July 25, 2013 – 11:47 am

Updated, 10:58 p.m. ET

The last week of July brings one of the great joys for all football fans: the start of training camp. For me, it also brings one of the year’s disappointments: seeing some of the hard work of the last month become immediately outdated.

I’m talking about the Jets’ roster, of course.

With the flurry of signing activity of the past two days, those lovingly crafted rosters that appear in the 2013 Jets Yearbook and in the Daily News training camp pullout are now, well, inaccurate. Darn.

But hey, that’s football. And with this new-fangled Internet thing, we can get you up to speed just as quickly as the Jets can change the names and numbers.

The one number situation we all knew was coming was with Braylon Edwards. Not only is he back for Round 3 in green and white, but he’s back as No. 17.

I don’t recall why Braylon gravitated toward that number. He was No. 1 at Michigan, we all recall, but he’s been 17 at every stop in the pros (Browns, Jets, 49ers, Seahawks). Perhaps it had something to do with his Wolverines-record 17 career 100-yard receiving games. Maybe it was reinforced by the only 17-yard season per-catch average — his 17.1 with the Jets in 2010.

Regardless, with Edwards’ return, Jordan White’s number is up. Number 17, that is. White has worn that as a Jet except when Braylon’s been around. Late last season, White, then a rookie, shifted to 89. And he’ll be wearing 16 in the first training camp practice, which will kick off Friday at 10 a.m.

Here are the other number assignments for the new arrivals:

8 — K Billy Cundiff

68 — LS Patrick Scales

78 — DL Leger Douzable

79 — T J.B. Shugarts

I’ll leave you with one final number before heading back on campus to await the arrival of the rest of the Jets caravan this afternoon at their SUNY Cortland dorm. That number is 80.

You’ll recall Edwards’ 80-yard touchdown catch-and-run on a Mark Sanchez pass in the 2009 AFC Championship Game at Indianapolis. That 80-yarder was and remains the longest reception by a Jets WR since … Wesley Walker. Wesley reeled in an 83-yarder from Ken O’Brien at Seattle late in the 1986 season. The only longer Jets pass play since then was the 82-yard screen supreme from Vinny Testaverde to Leon Johnson against the Colts in 1998.

Can Braylon duplicate his feats of yore in his third Jets incarnation? You know what they say about stocks: Past results are no guarantee of future performance. But maybe Edwards can play like he’s 17 again. That would be outstanding.

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25 Responses to “Braylon’s 17 Again on the Jets Roster”

  1. By scjoe on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    If BE is healthy and has anything left in the tank, it is a good signing. The downside? It will take away the chance to see what at least one of the many young WRs on the roster has to offer. Said it once, will say it again, it all comes down to the QB anyway.

  2. By Jet fan Frank 1864 on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    Welcome back EDWARDS,

  3. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    Welcome back Braylon I have said it a 1,000 times on this site they should have never let you go. You play with all of your heart. Not just aa a pass catcher but in all aspects of the game (great run blocker). You love the tri state area & you love being a Jet. I have many great memories from some of the many plays you made for us. The 80 yard bomb vs the Colts in the AFC championship game, The jump ball to put us in position to kick the winning field goal in the other playoff game vs the Colts, the touchdown in the playoff game vs the Pats where you DRAGGED 2 defenders into the end zone. WELCOME BACK!

  4. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    If some how some way Holmes can get back for opening day. Between Holmes, Braylon, Winslow & Kerley. I think the Jets now have the playmakers they need to compete for a playoff spot. I think the Jets can be a suprise team & shock a few guys this year.

  5. By Frank on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    Always liked Edwards and glad he is back. One area of his game no one talks about is his run blocking he is one of the best in the business and that will be important this year.

  6. By commentman on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    Good to hear he is back with us. In my opinion he is much better then Holmes, and he wants to win more, he isn’t all about the money. Nice to see we finally have a weapon, maybe Hill can step it up, Kerley is already pretty darn good IMO.

  7. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    There is alot of negativity coming from the local papers about the Jets but I for one think the Jets can compete this year. First I will start with the D. We were the 8th ranked D last year & 3rd vs the pass. Fans will say well we dont have Revis anymore. I look at it as we did not have him last year so what is the difference? We added Dee Millner the best corner draft & Sheldon Richardson a super athletic D lineman with a non stop motor. Wilkerson is a stud the 2nd best 3-4 DE in the NFL. Cromartie is coming off of a pro bowl year.Harris is a very good MLB. I also think the Dawan Landry signing is very underated. I think Davis & Barnes will bring some much needed speed to the linebacking core. I am also excited to see what Coples can do as

  8. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    a full time player. Call me crazy or say I am drinking the green kool aid but I think this will be a top 5 D!

  9. By Jack on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    Gald to see Braylon Edwards back as a Jets . I can only hope he can play like that no# 17 again like he had back in 2010. Go Jets

  10. By kw65fan on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    Welcome back Braylon. Hopefully third time is a charm. Although the first time was the best and last season you showed some flashes of what the Jets were missing. Hopefully you will solidify the receiving corps with your veteran leadership and maybe also help Hill in understanding and becoming a better receiver. they said before on how much you had the ‘dropsies’ in Cleveland…but you certainly did not show it in your time with the Jets.

  11. By IRA on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    Oh yes they resigned my guy. They never should have let him go after 010. If he gets through camp healthy I would think Braylon is good for 50 catches, 650 yds, and 5 TD’s.
    Kerley to me is the top WR even though he will be in the slot a lot. Not counting on Holmes for the first 6-8 weeks at best. Wish him well but right now it doesn’t look good.
    Let the fun begin tomorrow.
    GO JETS!!!!

  12. By danny on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    Thank god we finally signed him. For some reason Braylon steps up his game as a Jet. With Holmes on PUP we need a solid Veteran to help both Sanchez and if we go with the rookie. Once Holmes does come back then we have Braylon and Tone on the outside with Kerley in the slot and Winslow at TE. That’s a solid group that will definitely be a big improvement from last season. I feel a lil better at the WR position now good move.

  13. By SCfromNY on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    AT last!! So glad to see Braylon back. Hopefully he can be close to what he was previously. I also hope he can be a good influence and mentor for Hill. Many complained when he was signed the first go around but he showed up and played well with class unlike some other WR we know. Plus he gives our QBs an target who can run routes properly.

    I’m not sure about how Randy would feel about a contest to see if you can accurately guess what day next year Sanchez and Holmes will be gone.

  14. By RonaldT on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    About time. When used right we will see the type of game from Braylon like the Houston catch or the Miami second qtr catch and run. And he knows how to block.

  15. By SCfromNY on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    If everything falls right our WRs may be good BUT it always comes down to the QB. Randy Moss, Jerry Rice, and Megatron would not flourish with Sanchez as QB. I feel Rex may try to use Smith’s inexperience to make Sanchez the starter for as long as possible.

  16. By ronbo on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Glad to see all the excitement about Braylon here. Of course S.C.Joe makes the point of the day in that as nice as all this nostalgia stuff is the fact remains the guy is not the Braylon of 2010 as he is 3 years older and the many injury issues he’s had will likely have a cumulative effect on him as it would with any athlete.No question this moves helps probably the weakest group on the roster but lets not get carried away just yet.Like the rest of this team he has a lot to prove.Also his arrival will likely stunt the development and growth of some of the younger players as there are only so many reps to go around. All in all this move is a no-brainer but there is clearly some potential down side to it.

  17. By Frank on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Spicer there is no doubt you are crazy we have a several year track record to prove it. Secondly you have been drinking green kool-aide all the years we have been on the site. As for your top 5 D proclamations it doesn’t surprise me you make that prediction……please note my comments above.
    The reality is with 7 new starters on D that ain’t going to happen. The only way we crack the top 10 is if the O is ranked 30 or below and lives up to its billing as the worst O in the league this year. Then teams won’t have to try too hard to score points and play more conservatively than normal that is exactly what happened last year. As a matter of fact that has been the common denominater during Rex’s term a really bad O with a lousy QB

  18. By Frank on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    who has never stepped up to make a play when we needed one and a D that never made a key stop when we needed one. Sorry to say it but this team is going to be awful and I am hoping so we once and for all need a franchise QB and the upcoming draft will have a few.

  19. By GaryC on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Tom Spicer,do you like Coples over Melvin Ingram yet.

  20. By Mike V on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Whew… #17 is back! Ever since we let him go we have been trying to replace him. I guess the brain trust (if you want to call it that) finally realized it’s easier to bring him back… DUH!!! Braylon will stretch the defense, go over the middle, fight for the ball, rack up a ton of Y.A.C. (unlike Hill, et al), and score some points! He will drop an easy one here and there but that’s part of the package (Namath hates it, but that’s the reality of Braylon). Most importantly – he wants to be a Jet!!! He lobbied to get back here last year, said he regretted leaving, and always thought of Gang Green as home! What more could you want? If Winslow can stay healthy we might just reverse our receiving corps problems and win a few.

  21. By ronbo on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    FRANK, you make some compelling arguments vs Spicer. Frankly I believe they are spot on! (all except the crazy part. He’s not crazy, perhaps a bit delusional, but i wouldn’t go as far as crazy!

  22. By Mike Jet Vet on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Welcome back BE, Now Sign T.O. at the league minimum. His presence alone will open up the field some, Frank, some of your statements are as questionable if not more then spicier.we’re all guilty at point or another, Spicer makes some good points, all beit very dramatically, He’s a good fan with passion so he gets a pass , along with the rest of us Crazy’s

  23. By Frank on Jul 28, 2013 | Reply

    By the way Jet Vet I love Spicer and his passion for the Jets…I just love pushing his buttons!

  24. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on Jul 28, 2013 | Reply

    Gary C, The Jets needed & still to this day there biggest need is a pass rushing OLB for the 3-4. So yes I still think they should have taken Melvin Ingram. Ingram had a season ending injury it could happen to anyone. Also I never said I did not like Coples I just didn’t think D line was a need spot

  25. By Purple Flash on Jul 30, 2013 | Reply

    LOVE that Braylon’s back! Been waiting for this!

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