A Few Words On Braylon Edwards and Kyle Wilson

Two of the more contentious debates among Jets fans this off-season is whether to focus on keeping Braylon Edwards or Santonio Holmes at wide receiver and if the team can afford to let Antonio Cromartie leave via free agency because of the presence of Kyle Wilson. Personally, I have came down on the side of signing Holmes over Edwards and that bringing Cromartie back is a must.

This isn’t an indictment on the type of year Edwards had in 2010 and Wilson’s future as a NFL cornerback. Edwards was terrific for the Jets last year and you could make a very reasonable argument that he was more consistent than Holmes. Wilson is only entering his second year and still has plenty of potential to develop into a quality starter in this league.

However, looking at the Jets roster and considering they are ready to win a Super Bowl right now, consider the following…

Holmes is a more explosive playmaker and one of the most clutch players in the league. There is a reason for the general consensus that Holmes is a better player than Edwards and every report this off-season has the team prioritizing Holmes first: he is a better all-around wide receiver than Edwards. If the Jets end up being unable to afford Holmes and get Edwards back instead, would it be the end of the world? Of course not, the gap isn’t that substantial but the first priority should be Holmes. You can’t pass up giving your young quarterback a receiver that can change the game at any second the way he can.

In terms of cornerback, the Jets defense is built on primarily man to man coverage. They have a pass rush that struggles to get to the quarterback unless a blitz package is set up. It is too risky to hand a starting job to Wilson after the difficulties he encountered his rookie season, period. At a minimum you have to bring in another veteran to compete with him and provide better depth if Cromartie walks. You can’t allow yourself to be a pulled Revis hamstring away from Wilson and Drew Coleman (if he is even back) being your starting pair of corners.

Considering how much the Jets use three corners, it isn’t “giving up” on Kyle Wilson by asking him to be the nickel behind Revis and Cromartie, who I think is worth money considering how well he fits in the Jets man to man scheme.

In the end, I am a big fan of Braylon Edwards and what he brought to the team last year and do think Kyle Wilson has potential to develop into a reliable starter down the road, yet for the foreseeable future I think bringing Holmes and Cromartie back are the best decisions this team could make.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • ok u made a good point but here is the thing though. look around the league espcially teams with young QBS and see how those teams r trying to get as many weapons for them as possible, like the falcons, lions, etc. the jets in my opinion seeing all of this will try and do the same for mark and you know that they would do any thing to make sure he is successful. second ur right if we lose cro we should get a veteran to compete with or just add depth to our secondary but it wont be guys like joseph, or rogers, or marshall because like i said before they gonna have to sign short term deals cause rex is gonna want kyle to eventually to start and also will face the pressure of starting cause every other first round corner have all started. so guys like chris carr and fabian washington sound more reasonable.

  • and holmes is not all around better than braylon cause he dont block and about the clutch thing i saw for of that with braylon and not much with holmes. im talking about the playoff games agaisnt the colts with the game winning catch and down the stretch of the steelars game as well even though we lost. i fell braylon is the better reciever when given the opportunity to shine but thats just my opinion. i like em both though and they should both be brought back

  • Joe Caporoso

    In the end, I do think the Jets will prioritize Holmes first and then focus on Cromartie, because Braylon will get a big offer from another team that they won’t be able to match. If it plays out differently. I’d be happy to see Braylon back and think our offense could carry on fine, although the Jets would need to find a Z receiver…(wouldn’t mind them taking a long look at James Jones in this scenario).

    Without Cromartie, you are right they may have to settle for a cheaper veteran option…although I still think they are taking a big risk, hopefully K. Wilson can prove me wrong and take a major step in year two