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Braylon's ahead of the curve

Braylon Edwards is already fitting right in.

Edwards played under Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland, where he was the offensive coordinator before he was canned along with Romeo Crennel. Chudzinski was a part of the same San Diego staff that Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was on, serving as the tight end coach.

Plus, Browns current offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was the Jets quarterbacks coach last season before leaving to be on Eric Mangini's staff, and Daboll is running mostly the same offense the Jets are employing. (Of course, there's been much different results for a number of reasons, but we won't get into that.)

So that's why Edwards is almost in the best possible situation he can be in. Despite having only three practices before his first game in Jets' garb against the Dolphins on "Monday Night Football," Edwards should be A-OK.

He's further along than where the staff thought he would be.

"It's amazing," Schottenheimer said. "Even in the walkthrough, we were walking through some things with Braylon and Mark [Sanchez], and little code words and tags like, 'Hey, do you want me to poster this?' It's like, 'Wow, he knows that.' Really sharp guy and again he's ahead just because a lot of the stuff that we call things, he's heard it called the same things before. Not 100 percent, but there's quite a bit of carry over."

Since Edwards understood the formations and the verbiage, he was able to get lined up properly during practice. The Jets used him at both the 'X' and 'Z' positions, seeing just how much he knew about each spot. Edwards played the 'Z' in Sunday's overtime loss to the Bengals, but was lined up at 'X' the week before versus Baltimore.

Didn't seem to matter much to him where he was lined up, anyway, today. Edwards just took in his new surroundings and couldn't be happier with the way things went on Day 1. 

"Today’s practice was a breath of fresh air," he said. "Coach Ryan, the way he conducts practices is he’s loose. But when it’s time to work, we work. You can respect how the guys are working. I saw our defense out there communicating, getting themselevs in position to make plays, challenging the offensive scout team.

"Then when we came up as offense, you could see Mark and I having some jokes in the backround until it's time to go. Then when we went, Mark’s out there, he’s leading the offense. Coach Schottenheimer is calling plays and guys are where they are supposed to be. But then as soon as we are finished, now you can breathe a little bit. Let’s talk about what happened last period or talking about Floyd Mayweather coming to practice or whatever. It was relaxed when it was supposed to be relaxed and it was serious when it was supposed to be serious."

Naturally, if you heard that, it sounds like he was taking a veiled shot at Mangenious. I wasn't specifically referring to Mangini when I asked the easy follow up question to the above answer, but mostly about his career in general.

So, is that different than what you've experienced?

"It’s just fun, just coming here," he said. "I don’t even want to talk about what I've experienced because that's over with. Cleveland is Cleveland and I’m in New York. It’s just fun."


CB Lito Sheppard practiced for the second straight day, although he was limited. But he appears to be a go for Monday.

S Kerry Rhodes (knee) and WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) were also limited, but their availability for the 'Fins game won't be in question.

RT Damien Woody (foot) and CB Donald Strickland (ankle) didn't practice. Looks like Woody should still play, however, but the same can't be said for Strickland.

Rex didn't sound confident Strickland's high right ankle sprain has healed enough, so don't expect to see him out there on the field at whatever they are calling the Dolphins' home stadium in Fort Lauderdale these days.


We'll have a Live Chat at noon tomorrow. Be there.


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Tags: Braylon Edwards , Brian Schottenheimer , Mark Sanchez , Rob Chudzinski , Jerricho Cothcery , Kerry Rhodes , Donald Strickland , Lito Sheppard , Damien Woody , Brian Daboll , Eric Mangini , Dolphins , Monday Night Football , Live Chat

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