Nov 20, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17) warms up before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park. San Francisco defeated Arizona 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Early Evaluation Of Braylon Edwards

I have to say that the Seahawks signing Braylon Edwards caught me off guard. He had come in for a workout the week before, and the Seahawks had decided to sign an injured Antonio Bryant instead. It really seemed like Edwards might be at the end of his career, especially after the really poor season he had in 2011.

Like I said above, the Seahawks decision to sign him a week later really surprised me. Perhaps his price tag came down, who knows? But I really didn’t expect much from him when he finally got on the practice field.

From what I’ve seen, I couldn’t have been more wrong. We all know about Edwards’s size (6-3, 214) and great hops, but Edwards is much quicker than I ever realized. He’s very good in and out of his breaks, not doug Baldwin good, but still good.

I was especially happy to see how well he was able to beat press coverage. On one play lined up against Brandon Browner, he got a mostly clean release on a slant pattern, caught the ball, and was off to the races. Very few WRs can beat Browner on the slant pattern. He was practically born to cover that route.

Edwards’s characteristic poor hands haven’t made an appearance either. I’ve seen him make a couple very tough catches, including a number of back shoulder throws from Matt Flynn.

Obviously I’ve been impressed. The Seahawks may have found their replacement for Mike Williams

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