As you may or may not recall, the name Braylon Edwards was floating around an awful lot in Giantsland. Between him and Anquan Boldin, they ate up countless column inches as writers and fans urged the Giants to pick up one of the veteran wide receivers to replace Plaxico Burress.
Well, Boldin is still down in Arizona, unimpressively tied for 37th among NFL receivers with 16 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown. And now, the drop-prone Edwards is a Jet after a miserable beginning with Eric Mangini's mess in Cleveland.
I'm not sure whether the change of scenery is going to do Edwards any good, especially since he may have a league suspension coming for belting out LeBron James' buddy recently in a Cleveland nightclub. Even worse, football-wise, were his league-high 16 drops last year. But one thing appears certain right now. It looks like Jerry Reese made the right move -- again -- in not pulling the trigger on any deal for a veteran wide receiver.
Can't argue with the fruits of his faith in the Giants' young receiving corps. Not with Steve Smith sitting atop league receivers with 34 catches for 411 yards and four touchdowns. Not with a diverse corps that had some excitement injected last week with the re-appearance of Hakeem Nicks. Reese obviously saw something early on in this group that outsiders didn't.
Or maybe he just saw something in Edwards. Maybe he saw a bad apple that would disrupt and clash with the unit's team-first attitude. Maybe he figured a guy who drops as many balls as Edwards wasn't worth all the personal baggage.
Whatever the case, nobody seems to be bemoaning the fact now that the Giants never did get that one, solidifying veteran receiver. That might change if Edwards explodes into game-changing playmaker for Mark Sanchez and the defenses catch up to the Giants' wide receivers.
Until then, Reese will continue to look pretty smart.
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