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Braylon Edwards

Edwards signing an autograph for a fan in February 2008
No. 17     New York Jets
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: February 21, 1983 (1983-02-21) (age 27)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Debuted in 2005 for the Cleveland Browns
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Restricted Free Agent
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Receptions     273
Receiving Yards     4,238
Touchdowns     32
Stats at NFL.com

Braylon Jamel Edwards (born 21 February 1983 in Detroit, Michigan) is a wide receiver for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns third overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan.

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Early years

During his three active high school years Edwards played a variety of positions and made 63 receptions for 740 yards and eight touchdowns.[1] Edwards followed in his father Stan Edwards's footsteps to Michigan where he played 2001–2004. During his senior year Edwards set Michigan season records for receptions (97) and yards (1,330) and career records for 252 receptions, 3,541 yards, and 39 touchdowns,[2] a Big Ten record.[3]

Edwards at 2005 Rose Bowl on the day he caught three touchdown receptions.

Edwards also set the Michigan record for the most games with 100 or more receiving yards (17) and won the Fred Biletnikoff Award given to the nation's top wide receiver and was named the Big Ten Conference MVP and was also a consensus All-America selection.

Edwards is the only wide receiver in Big Ten history and the third in NCAA Division I-A annals to gain 1,000 or more receiving yards in three consecutive years. Edwards concluded his college career by recording three touchdown catches in the 2005 Rose Bowl against Texas, tying a record for that game. Edwards' Michigan career did not entirely eclipse Jack Clancy's who still holds the Michigan single game receptions yardage mark at 197, while Edwards remains third with his 189 yard effort in 2004.[4] Edwards also fell just short of eclipsing Clancy's 10-game single season records of 76 receptions and 1,077 yards by recording 76 and 1,049 in his first 10 in 2004. Edwards also ran track at Michigan and his indoor 200 meter time of 21.81 seconds was the third fastest in school history when he completed his career.[5]

Professional career

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2005 NFL Draft

Edwards was selected in the first round (3rd overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2.75 in (1.90 m) * 210 pounds (95 kg) * 4.45 ** X X 4.02 ** 6.83 ** 38 in. ** X 22 * X
(* represents NFL Combine, ** represents Michigan Pro Day)[6]

Cleveland Browns

Edwards in Browns 2008 training camp.

2005

Edwards began his rookie season as Cleveland's third wide receiver – he would have started higher, but a hold-out caused him to miss the beginning of training camp. Early in the season Edwards revealed that he had a staph infection, and missed a few weeks as a result of it. He moved into the starting lineup by midseason. He made his NFL debut versus the Cincinnati Bengals on September 11 and caught his first NFL touchdown at the Green Bay Packers on September 18. He amassed 512 receiving yards and three touchdowns before suffering a season ending knee injury. Edwards had surgery in the offseason, and while rehabilitating bonded with Kellen Winslow II. Both were determined to make a full and speedy recovery.

2006

Edwards, like Winslow, had a successful rehabilitation that enabled him to be ready to play in the team's opening game in 2006. Edwards became the top receiver for the Browns after an injury to Joe Jurevicius that season. Edwards totaled 61 receptions for 884 yards and six touchdowns on the season. At the end of the season, Edwards announced he would give $500,000 to the University of Michigan for a scholarship endowment for football players. Edwards also had an infamous altercation with Charlie Frye on the sidelines of a game in 2006. He said "and they're talking about video games." Edwards continued to make headlines that season when he called out Mike Minter, Chris Gamble and other defensive backs of the Carolina Panthers. Additionally, he attended the annual Michigan-Ohio State rivalry game after being advised not to go by several veteran captains. Edwards was late getting back from Columbus and was late to a team meeting.

2007

Edwards had a breakout season in 2007 and made his first Pro Bowl, becoming the first Browns receiver to make the Pro Bowl since Webster Slaughter in 1989. Edwards broke franchise records for receiving yardage with 1289 receiving yards compared to Slaughter's record of 1236 in 1989 and receiving touchdowns with 16 compared to Gary Collins's 13 in 1963. Edwards' 16 touchdowns was also second in the league behind only Randy Moss who set an NFL record with 23 touchdowns.

2008

Edwards and the Browns struggled during the entire year. The Browns finished at 4–12, and Braylon led the NFL in dropped passes with 16.[7]

New York Jets

2009

On October 7, Edwards was traded to the New York Jets for wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, linebacker Jason Trusnik and two draft picks.[8]

Statistics

Year Team Games Starts Receptions Yards Average Touchdowns
2005 Cleveland 10 7 32 512 16 3
2006 Cleveland 16 15 61 884 14.5 6
2007 Cleveland 16 16 80 1,289 16.1 16
2008 Cleveland 16 16 55 873 15.9 3
2009 Cleveland 4 4 10 139 13.9 0
2009 NY Jets 7 7 20 321 16.1 2
Totals 62 58 238 3697 15.5 28

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