The New York Jets made one of today’s major cuts by dumping Braylon Edwards back on the street, and the main motivation for this release seems to be injury. Edwards injured his leg last week, and that put his roster spot in peril. He was not able to practice due to the ailment, and he also missed the game against the New York Giants. That absence took Edwards from being on the bubble to a player on the outside in the eyes of the Jets organization, and it’s a shame that a player with Edwards’s track record and confidence (he believes he can still play at an elite level, which he hasn’t done since that magical 2007 season) is released, especially given the Jets lack of options at receiver.
It seems like Mohamed Massaquoi, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars not too long ago, has beaten out Braylon Edwards for a roster spot, and Massaquoi was expected to more than push Edwards from the moment he was signed. Edwards has a nice rapport with Mark Sanchez, but that doesn’t mean much and might have meant even less to the Jets with Sanchez injured.
Last season in 13 games, the 30-year-old caught 18 passes for 199 yards and one touchdown. He could have been a useful depth receiver and veteran player for the Jets, and you really have to feel bad for him due to the untimely injury (injuries are never timely, but it is even worse in this case).