Braylon Edwards' return to the Jets was dampened by defeat, but only a few days into his second stint with the team, the veteran wide receiver could look at the final weeks of 2012 with a little more perspective than his crestfallen teammates who will not see the postseason for the second consecutive year.
“They brought me back here to focus on the right now, and the right now is we got two games left, a chance to finish with not a winning record but not a losing record, so that’s what we’re after,” Edwards said.
Edwards finished with three receptions for 47 yards, his first touches since mid-October, in Monday night’s 14-10 loss to the Titans. The hamstring that had kept him off the field for the Seahawks and limited him in practice during the week obliged him for four quarters and, according to Edwards, caught wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal by surprise.
“I think the hamstring surprised him and the coaches,” Edwards said. “I think it was better than they thought it was going to be, and we probably could’ve took more chances, but just to be smart, I thought they did a great job."
“Braylon, I knew he’d compete hard,” said Jets coach Rex Ryan. “Obviously, that’s what he does. I know he’s not 100 percent, but I thought Braylon played hard, and that’s who he is.”
Edwards could put a more exact number on his injury’s status after the game.
“Two weeks ago, I never thought I’d be at 75 percent, let alone play at about 82, 83, so I felt a lot better,” he said.
He saw more than 30 snaps on offense and was targeted five times through the air on Monday, not including an incomplete pass headed his way on the first drive of the game that drew a pass interference call on cornerback Alterraun Verner and brought the Jets into the red zone. He was also the intended receiver on the third of Sanchez’s four interceptions, a deep ball down the right side that hung up long enough for safety Michael Griffin to step in front of it.
As the team plays out the final two weeks of the schedule, Edwards resolved to focus on getting reacquainted with his healing hamstring and the Jets’ playbook.
“I felt very comfortable in what I had today,” he said. “I don’t feel as though I ever got spastic in the huddle. I think there was one play where I kind of had a brain lapse and then figured it out, but I’m learning. I think I have a chance to really get it down by next weekend and move forward.”