Written by Gino Terrell on July 28, 2013 0 Comments
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New York Jets signed veteran wide receiver Braylon Edwards last Wednesday, July 24, just in time for Edwards to arrive at the start of training camp the following day. “This feels like home [with the Jets]. The people here always make me feel welcome. … To be back at [SUNY] Cortland at the start of camp is a blessing,” Edwards said.

He explained he was shocked the team had brought him in at the start of training camp, but nonetheless he was proud to be in Cortland for the first day of camp.

“It feels good [returning to the Jets],” Edwards said. “I never wasn’t a Jet, I wore different colors but I was still a Jet at heart.”

Last season, the Jets brought in Edwards for the final three games of the season. The team was hoping for a late season playoff push, but ultimately lost the final three games of the season. “Nobody sells mouthwash that could wash that taste out of my mouth from that squad last year… there was so much B.S. going on,” Edwards said.

Last year many incidents surrounded the Jets. Incidents involved players and anonymous sources calling out each other in the media. Ultimately, those distractions lead to dysfunction and could be viewed as a reason the Jets fell short of the playoffs.

“[You have to] worry about yourself. Are you doing everything you can to help this organization, doing everything you need to be doing, and can anybody tell you you’re not doing something right?” Edwards said.

After last season, Owner Woody Johnson decided to fire General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and he replaced him with John Idzik. Idzik decided to rock the boat as he cut ties with numerous players to bring new energy to the organization. He brought in competition for the players who remained with the team, because his goal was to bring in competition at every position on the Jets roster.

Edwards said the player’s mentality on this year Jets roster is much better than last year’s squad. “Everybody’s spirit seems lifted, obviously when I came here it could have been a situation where everybody was down in the dumps,” he said. “But just listening to people, there has been a consistent theme in talking to people. People are happy.”

Edwards’s addition to the Jets appears to be a much needed one, with so many questions for the Jets at the wide receiver position. Incumbent starter Santonio Holmes is still recovering from his lisfranc fracture on his left foot, which he sustain week four of last season. It’s been reported there’s a possibility Holmes may not even return this season. Also, one year pro Stephen Hill is coming off a knee injury and Jeremy Kerley has yet to prove he can be productive on a consistent basis.

Edwards said he’s injury free, which has been a problem for him the last few years.

“I’m not dealing with an injury. If I had I don’t think I’d be here right now,” he said. “But I’m 100 percent healthy for the first time in a while.”

Quarterback Mark Sanchez is glad that Edwards is back on the roster and told reporters on the first day of training camp.

“Signing Braylon yesterday is big for us,” Sanchez said.