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  • 01/17/2011, 11:12AM ET

A Buckeye v. A Wolverine

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Santonio Holmes is a better WR than Braylon Edwards.

2010 Stats

Holmes: 62.2 yds/game, 14.3ypc, 6TDs
Edwards: 56.5 yds/game, 17.1ypc, 7TDs

Although their stats are similar, I'd take Holmes's better hands and ability to make game changing plays.


I would take Edwards over Holmes. Edwards is the bigger and more physical WR. And is a much better blocker than Holmes which in the Jets run first offense is important especially in the playoffs. And there playoff number favor Edwards:

Holmes: 7 rec for 66 yards and 1 TD
Edwards: 6 rec for 114 yards and 1 TD

And that is including the very difficult 19 yard reception against the Colts that set up the short field goal instead of the 50 yarder they were currently looking at.


While I admit I know nothing about Edwards and Holmes's blocking ability, I know it's the power running game which has been the Jet's primary rushing attack this postseason. Running between the Tackles doesn't utilize a lot of blocking from the WRs.

Yes, Edwards is much taller than Holmes, but he's also slower (4.5 40 to Holmes' 4.35). A slower, "big receiver" should be able to excel as a possession receiver. Unfortunately for Braylon his propensity to drop the football has limited him in this regard.

Beyond the statistics, Holmes's greatest strength is his ability to make big plays. He showed this to the world with his game willing catch in Super Bowl XLIII. He has continued to display this with the Jets:

Week 6:
Draws Pass Interference penalty on the 2 yd line with just over a minute left to set up the go ahead TD, Jets win 24-20.

Week 10:
Scores game winning TD in OT at Cleveland with 16 seconds remaining.

Week 11:
Catches game winning TD with 6 seconds left against Hou.

All three of those games were won by the last second playmaking ability of Santonio Holmes, who is one of the biggest reasons the Jets are in the playoffs in the first place.


As you can tell by the yards per a catch Edwards is more of the down field threat. Holmes is a very good WR but I would take the bigger target who is close is speed. I agree that Holmes has the better hands but Edwards has the size and jumping ability to go up and get the jump balls like he did against the Colts to set up the game winning field goal, which you need from a WR who has a QB that doesn't throw great passes.

Holmes had only 3 games with more than 70 yards receiving while Edwards had 7.

And the reason the Jets are in the playoffs is because they have a great OLine and Defense and a reliable running game and a corner who locks down the opposing teams best WR.

If you look at each player and the QB's and opposite WR they got to work with Holmes got to play with Big and Hines Ward while Edwards had Derek Anderson and Joe Jurevicius. My point is Holmes has always had a good WR on the other side to take pressure off of him. Edwards has always had to deal with being covered by the #1 corner and now he has that and Sanchez throwing him the ball. Holmes gets to work against the #2 and doesn't stretch the field like Edwards does he plays more of the possession style


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And for the blocking factor, even though they are a power running team they love to run LT of the edge and the WR help out a lot with the big runs because it is there job to get to DB's and make sure they put a body on them.

As for speed I looked it up and say that Edwards ran a 4.38 in the 40, so speed is pretty close, even though game speed is much different than 40 times.

In the playoff game against the Patriots Edwards caught only 2 passes but those 2 passes were 2 of the biggest plays of the game. A 37 yard pick up after the o line broke down and the second a 15 yard TD which he dragged 2 defenders into the endzone from about 5 yards out with 30 seconds to go in the half. So he has big plays to even though i don't know of all the ones he had in the season I have named 2 they had in both playoff upsets.

January 17, 2011  11:17 AM ET

Holmes is way better.

January 17, 2011  11:23 AM ET

I agree, and if they can only resign one this offseason, definitely they should go for Holmes

January 17, 2011  11:24 AM ET

I will take college Braylon Edwards...

January 17, 2011  11:36 AM ET

I don't think you'll find many takers on this one.

January 17, 2011  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I don't think you'll find many takers on this one.

Yeah, I kinda realized that after I posted their stats. I was hoping Edwards had better stats since he played 4 more games, but it wasn't the case.

January 17, 2011  11:59 AM ET

In the playoffs though, Holmes is dropping easy passes left and right and Edwards is making the big plays, minus Holmes incredible catch last night

January 17, 2011  12:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

In the playoffs though, Holmes is dropping easy passes left and right and Edwards is making the big plays, minus Holmes incredible catch last night

Yeah, it's like they switched rolls or something. All the sudden it's as if Braylon 'Couldn't Catch a Cold in Cleveland' Edwards has some stick-em on his hands or something. Maybe Santonio 'OhNo!!!' Holmes is still puffin' on those left handed cigarettes and it's messin' with his concentration? PUT DOWN THE BLUNT HOLMES!! Although no question Holmes is a much better reciever than Edwards.

January 17, 2011  03:11 PM ET

cant stand edwards

January 18, 2011  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

cant stand edwards

Right there with ya! And it was pretty classless when Edwards beat up LeBron's tiny friend. If I remember Edwards is about 6-4 and the tiny fella he roughed up before the Browns traded him is about 5-6. What a Barney-bad-a**.

January 18, 2011  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Right there with ya! And it was pretty classless when Edwards beat up LeBron's tiny friend. If I remember Edwards is about 6-4 and the tiny fella he roughed up before the Browns traded him is about 5-6. What a Barney-bad-a**.

I'm sure that it wasn't Lebron's friend talking all the trash. You know he's a little mouthy assistant/friend who was talking trash and got lumped up. And I expect something like that from a Michigan hater.

January 18, 2011  10:32 AM ET

And nothing personal I just like to have back 'n forths with overly misinformed meeeechegan fans.

January 18, 2011  10:33 AM ET

Oh so the Guy leaving town gets into a fight with the City's favorite son's friend, I wonder who everyone is gonna side with? If it's not on video I won't believe it. I'm surprised you are sticking with that story after Lebron did what he did to you guys. Thought for sure the story would have changed with! And I like how you will bring up Edwards beating up a guy but not your boy Holmes beating his baby momma and throwing a glass at a girl in the club. I guess that's the cool thing to do in Ohio?

January 18, 2011  11:41 AM ET

A Buckeye and a Wolverine walk into a bar...

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January 18, 2011  11:49 AM ET

i was really upset this wasnt about the animal vs. the nut

January 18, 2011  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Oh so the Guy leaving town gets into a fight with the City's favorite son's friend, I wonder who everyone is gonna side with? If it's not on video I won't believe it. I'm surprised you are sticking with that story after Lebron did what he did to you guys. Thought for sure the story would have changed with! And I like how you will bring up Edwards beating up a guy but not your boy Holmes beating his baby momma and throwing a glass at a girl in the club. I guess that's the cool thing to do in Ohio?

Don't lump me in with "you guys" NOT an NBA fan, have not been one for more than 15 years now. Also as soon as LeBron announced he was changing his number I knew he was outta Cleveland, nobody believed me...I was right though. And I'm more than aware of what Holmes did, he's a dip-s__h__!__t. FYI...OhNo Holmes is a FLORIDA FELLA, not an Ohio guy. What about Braylon's DUI?? So your half-a**ed cheap-shot is pointless. Do you have anymore jibberish to yap about?? Video or no video you can believe what you want. I guess for all you delusional wolvereeens former scUM pigskinners NEVER do anything wrong, right? Edwards just has a bad rep...huh??

January 18, 2011  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Don't lump me in with "you guys" NOT an NBA fan, have not been one for more than 15 years now. Also as soon as LeBron announced he was changing his number I knew he was outta Cleveland, nobody believed me...I was right though. And I'm more than aware of what Holmes did, he's a dip-s__h__!__t. FYI...OhNo Holmes is a FLORIDA FELLA, not an Ohio guy. What about Braylon's DUI?? So your half-a**ed cheap-shot is pointless. Do you have anymore jibberish to yap about?? Video or no video you can believe what you want. I guess for all you delusional wolvereeens former scUM pigskinners NEVER do anything wrong, right? Edwards just has a bad rep...huh??

No UofM players don't do nothing wrong, look at Tom Brady he is Mr.Perfect. He knocks up one chick than leaves here for another. I was kidding with the you guys. And I'm actually not a die hard UofM fan I just think Edwards is the better WR. And we know OSU has all the trouble makers, Maurice Clarrett!

January 18, 2011  12:07 PM ET

Hey, now if ya wanna talk about something that's just too d*mn funny remember when Santonio 'OhNo!!' Holmes got kicked off that flight because he wouldn't turn down his music while on that plane? See, I don't just go outta my way to bash you goofy wolvereeens. At times some Buckeyes deserve bashing also.


Getting kicked off a plane for refusing to turn down your music? Now that's what I would call keepin' it real...REAL DUMB.

January 18, 2011  01:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

No UofM players don't do nothing wrong, look at Tom Brady he is Mr.Perfect. He knocks up one chick than leaves here for another. I was kidding with the you guys. And I'm actually not a die hard UofM fan I just think Edwards is the better WR. And we know OSU has all the trouble makers, Maurice Clarrett!

Bringing up that knucklehead Clarrett, touche. Why not go back to when Earl Bruce was stalking the OSU sidelines and mention Art Schlichter?

 
January 18, 2011  01:07 PM ET

Woodee


Not a meeeechegan fan, huh? Just wonding who do you root for then?

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