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Braylon Edwards unfazed by lack of playing time

Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards attempts to catch

Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards attempts to catch a pass during training camp. (Aug. 11, 2013) Photo Credit: Hans Pennink

Five targets and three catches.

That was the gist of Braylon Edwards' stat line Saturday night -- that and his 49 receiving yards.

The Jets wide receiver believes he has "elite" talent. But as the first half of Saturday night's preseason home game against the Jaguars unfolded, Edwards was nowhere to be seen on the field.

It wasn't until the third quarter of the Jets' 37-13 win that his presence finally was felt by the MetLife Stadium crowd.

Starter Mark Sanchez connected with Edwards on a 26-yard pass to start their first drive of the quarter before hitting him for a 4-yard reception on the next play. Though that drive stalled, Edwards caught a 19-yard pass during the ensuing series to gain a first down en route to Kahlil Bell's first touchdown of the night.

"I'm just here to play football," Edwards said when asked about not seeing much action in the first half. "However coaches see fit, that's how we're gonna roll with it. When they put me in, it's my job to do my job, so I don't get caught up in all that. I just go out and do what I'm told."

Edwards -- who is behind Clyde Gates on the depth chart -- insisted he isn't upset by the lack of playing time. "It's a new day," he said. "You can't focus on the past. It's not the same team; it's a different team. When I'm told to go in, I go in and do it to the fullest of my abilities."

There are moments in practice when Edwards needs to be reminded by offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg to pick up his intensity and to finish his routes on certain plays. But Edwards was quick to point out that he still has something left in the tank.

"I still can make plays," he said. "I showed you tonight. I have to keep working, keep doing what they want me to do and keep getting better. I still have a lot to give and I showed that tonight. You can only progressively get better.

"I've only been at it for two weeks. I didn't have OTAs or minicamp. Just imagine what opening day can be."

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