He struggled in Cleveland as the Browns started 0-4, and on Monday night, in his first game after being traded to the Jets, New York lost a 31-27 heartbreaker to Miami. But, at least in the case of that Jets' defeat, it's hard to pin the blame on Edwards.
The 26-year-old wide receiver had a sensational New York debut, catching five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown, and setting the table for two more Jets scores.
Edwards scored his first touchdown of the season on his first catch as a Jet. On third-and-goal from the Miami 3 with four minutes left in the first quarter, New York quarterback Mark Sanchez dumped one to Edwards in the back of the end zone, and Edwards made a toe-tapping grab to pull the Jets into a 7-7 tie.
He nearly scored again early in the fourth with his team trailing again. Shortly after the Dolphins grabbed a 17-13 advantage, Sanchez pump faked and delivered a strike to Edwards along the left sideline. Edwards went up over a Miami defender, snared the ball, came down inbounds and lunged into the end zone (Video below). An official review, though, overturned the touchdown, instead placing the ball at the Miami 1 -- Jets running back Thomas Jones scored on the next play.
Edwards laid the groundwork for a third New York touchdown just moments later. With Miami once again enjoying a slim lead, Sanchez lofted a deep ball to Edwards, who just missed hauling it in for a TD -- but a pass interference flag against the Dolphins' Will Allen gave New York possession on the Miami 3, and Jones punched it in again from there.
"Everyone saw it -- he's a big-time receiver," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "That's one thing we did right last week was make that trade for him."
Much to the chagrin of Cleveland fans everywhere, Edwards made multiple acrobatic catches and had no issues with drops as he often did with the Browns. An even better sign for Jets fans was that, just five days after Edwards was acquired in a trade, Sanchez showed no hesitation in looking his way.
Monday night provided a very small sample size, of course, but for at least one night, Edwards looked more like his 2007 Pro Bowl self than the oft-frustrating player that Cleveland was eager to unload.