Former No. 3 overall pick adds depth at receiver, says Seahawks "right there" as far as playoffs.
Wide receiver Braylon Edwards arrived in Seattle so late that it was actually early.
His flight landed after 2 in the morning on Tuesday. Ten hours later he was on the field for practice after signing a one-year contract with the Seahawks, though coach Pete Carroll made it clear it’s too soon to say where the former first-round pick will fit into the team’s roster.
“We’re going to just let him show us where he is,” Carroll said after practice. “Then we’ll figure that out.”
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Edwards is a physical specimen at 6 feet 3, 214 pounds. He was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2005 draft, and in his third season he had more than 1,200 yards receiving and scored 16 touchdowns.
But he’s also bounced around the league recently, playing for three teams over the past three seasons. Last year in San Francisco, he was slowed by a knee injury and became a bit player who finished with career lows in both receptions (15) and yards (181).
He is 29 and was given jersey No. 17, which is kind of fitting considering he comes to Seattle hoping to resuscitate his career similarly to the last Seahawk to wear that number: Mike Williams.
Williams was released earlier this month after the Seahawks concluded he had topped out, but two years ago, he came back after being out of the league entirely to lead the Seahawks with 65 catches. Are the Seahawks hoping Edwards makes a similar comeback?
“I don’t have any idea what it will work out like,” Carroll said. “But he has played a lot of football. He’s a tough competitor. He blocks and is aggressive when he gets his chances. He runs aggressively with the ball in his hands, and he’s got a big catching range.”
Just two years ago, he had more than 900 yards receiving and started 15 games for the Jets. Edwards worked out for the Seahawks on Thursday, the day the team signed veteran Antonio Bryant to fill the spot that opened up on the roster after Williams was released. Edwards traveled to Miami for a tryout over the weekend before the Seahawks called his agent on Monday to negotiate a deal.
“I like the energy around here,” Edwards said. “I like what they have going on, I like the team dynamic. A team that is, not on its way, but a team that is pretty much right there. They needed a couple of pieces, and I believe they’ve filled those voids. This team is right there in terms of playoffs and even further.”
Carroll said the Seahawks signed Edwards to deepen the numbers at receiver. Sidney Rice has been held out of any contact so far during training camp, and Carroll has indicated the team will be very cautious with him before the start of the regular season.
Jermaine Kearse, a former Husky, has been on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list because of a foot injury, though he might be ready to practice by this weekend.
The competition at wide receiver is going to be among the stiffest on the roster, and not just because the starting job is open at split end. Golden Tate appears poised for a breakthrough, Ricardo Lockette has been singularly impressive through the first four days of training camp, and veterans Deon Butler and Ben Obomanu shouldn’t be overlooked. Throw in Bryant, last year’s fourth-round pick Kris Durham and undrafted rookies like Phil Bates, and a roster spot is hardly a given.
“Right now I’m just competing to be on the team,” Edwards said. “That’s all I really care about. I’m going to go out there every day and let my play speak for itself.”
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