Edwards has eye on the prize

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:52 PM ET

TORONTO - For Braylon Edwards, this is foreign territory.

The New York Jets are not only happy with his off-season, head coach Rex Ryan counts Edwards among his two most impressive players so far this off-season (the other is LB Kinwin Cummings).

Edwards has the ability to be a big-game player but has a history of being less than committed, less than 100% of the time.

Not this off-season. Not looking at heading out on the open market next off-season as an unrestricted free agent.

Edwards, who was obtained from Cleveland four games into last season, will earn $6.1 million US this year and can boost his value tremendously with a solid season this campaign.

Better yet for Edwards, he seems to be distancing himself from that reputation for dropping passes. Itís exactly the faux pas that made him so unpopular in Cleveland that the Browns were happy to rid themselves of him. Well, that and a few off-field issues.

Edwards had only four drops last season and was looking awfully sure-handed for much of the off-season so far this year.

With Santonio Holmes in the fold, Edwards should find even more space to manoeuvre. Now itís just a matter of holding on to the ball.


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