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Edwards, Sanchez: Growth of Braylon's beard parlays with duo's offseason learning curve

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, left, hugs wide receiver

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, left, hugs wide receiver Braylon Edwards during a workout at the new Meadowlands Stadium. (June 16, 2010) Credit: AP

For Braylon, boredom has yielded a beard. A busy beard at that.

After the Jets morning session at Training Camp in Cortland today, Edwards and Mark Sanchez said they feel the growth of the beard since March has parlayed with Edwards growth as the receiving part of the duo this offseason.

“We have grown so much together,” Sanchez said. “Now he’s the one talking about routes to me instead of me talking to him. Now that he has the system down, he is giving me little tags here and there with man and zone… My patchy beard has nothing on him.”

During the veteran wide receivers first training camp as a Jet, Edwards is sporting a fully-matted beard with the lifespan since March of five-months, underneath his facemask. The beard covers the entirety of Edwards face, and sticks out horizontally two inches from his face as it comes together.

And today in Cortland, the beard was fully analyzed and looked into. Metaphorically, that is. Along with Edwards’ learning curve in his first Jet offseason

“It’s definitely going to make it through training camp,” Edwards said. “Who knows maybe parts of the season. I do (like the way it looks). Once I take a shower and blow-dry it out. It’s interesting and its something to do, I get bored with it in meeting sometimes and it is what it is.”

It is what it is. And what it is, is a dark opaque cluster that Edwards said he tends to with  a blow dryer and makeup. Teammates say he is always talking about the beard, and that Edwards may be the only superfan of it.

Edwards fellow wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery certainly isn’t a fan, even though Edwards said the Jets coaches – including Rex Ryan – “love it”.

“I don’t like that beard,” Cotchery said. “He is always talking about the beard. It’s a good look for him, he feels like it is a good look for him.”

The short stubble of Sanchez doesn’t reflect the quarterback’s offseason, Edwards feels. Heading into the season, the two say they are on the same page as best as they have been since Edwards arrival last season. And the former Brown thinks Sanchez is ready for the next step.

Behind center. Not with regards to facial hair.

Said Edwards: (Sanchez) made a comment last night (at team meetings) that offered us a little sight into what he has to offer and where he will be in the future.”

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