- 01/17/2011, 11:12AM ET
The Heater said 01/17, 11:12 AM
Santonio Holmes is a better WR than Braylon Edwards.
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.
Woodee3384 said 01/17, 12:38 PM
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.
The Heater said 01/18, 11:22 AM
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:
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.
Scores game winning TD in OT at Cleveland with 16 seconds remaining.
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.
Woodee3384 said 01/18, 11:50 AM
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
Woodee3384 said 01/19, 01:47 PM
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.
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