Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

A Free Agent Wide Receiver for the New York Jets Not Named Braylon Edwards

I come to you today with this suggestion for the Jets with a working assumption in the brain. That assumption is that Braylon Edwards is not in the plans for the New York Jets. It’s disappointing but not all that surprising. At least for this year, John Idzik’s philosophy doesn’t call for it.

There are two elements to the business that Idzik seems to rebel against, passing out the big money deal, and familiar faces. Braylon has officially been out of a contract for months now. The Jets WR position has not vastly improved since then. Why not bring in Braylon? Apparently John Idzik disagrees. This must be the reason for no Edwards.

What about Brandon Lloyd? He is fresh off his years with New England, so not only is he talented but he is familiar with the inner sanctum in New England. He would be a veteran influence on the team, and would bring the group a heightened level as well. So why not? He will cost too much. And Idzik needs to stay with the program for year one.

So, I went through the available free agent wide receivers, and I have one for you. He is 28 years old, and is just a hair smaller than Braylon. There is interest from the team as he has been worked out by the Jets. This receiver’s name is Derek Hagan:

Hagan is 28 years old, stands at 6’2″, and weighs 210 pounds.

Here are his career stats to date:

Season Team Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2012 Oakland Raiders 14             2 20 259 13.0 38 0
2011 Buffalo Bills 4             1 13 138 10.6 29 1
2011 Oakland Raiders 6             2 11 114 10.4 25 0
2010 New York Giants 7             4 24 223 9.3 17 1
2009 New York Giants 16             0 8 101 12.6 23T 1
2008 New York Giants 0             0
2008 Miami Dolphins 4             0 3 51 17.0 20 0
2007 Miami Dolphins 16             1 29 373 12.9 22T 2
2006 Miami Dolphins 16             0 21 221 10.5 24 1
TOTAL 129 1,480 11.5 38 6 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

I couldn’t find much video on Hagan, but here is a clip of a TD catch against the Saints:

It’s hard to get a lot out of 30 seconds, but I’ll give you a little bit. He can make a guy miss, which is essential in the WCO. He is at an excellent size standing at 6’2″. He has breakaway speed, meaning he can leave a guy frozen in his tracks when he makes his move. I just hope he doesn’t catch the ball too much with his body, because the TD looks like it was. You have heard me say it before, if you catch the ball with your body, it will lead to dropped passes. Again, the tape only has one clip, that might not be a habit of his.

Hagan has never posted more receptions than 29 in a season. Given the chance to play, he certainly has the ability to put up bigger years. Will he make this team? Too early to tell, but he will certainly get his shot.

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  • Joe Willie

    familiar faces usually mean players who have experience but past their prime–that being said I like Edwards and how he preformed with the Jets.
    New faces could mean a higher ceiling at a lower price and risk.

    • TheJetPress

      That’s true, happens a lot with familiar faces.

  • Bennny K

    Truthfully we need a WR that is talented. Trying to find a diamond in the rough just wont work with the Jets.
    Sanchez is proven not to make players better around him. Geno is a rookie and he’s going to need his supporting cast to help him.

    Sign Lloyd work with him in the locker room and reap his ability to put pressure on the D. He’ll be able to open up the field for Kerley and give us time not to put too much pressure on Hill. Hill is still a year or two from contributing, he was over drafted.

    • TheJetPress

      I’m a Brandon Lloyd guy as well. I just don’t see John and company working him anywhere near price range.

  • Paul Newbold

    ANY WR is an upgrade for this team!! The starting unit is shameful! Holmes(dysfunctional and injured), Hill (fast but rocks for hands), Kerley (average at best), and ummm Gates (seriously?) The draft didn’t help much. But no need to worry, the Jets need a Qb to throw to the circus performers first!

    • TheJetPress

      All fair points. I haven’t seen you on here before Paul, so whose side are you on as far as the QB situation?

      • Paul Newbold

        In my opinion the Geno pick was a poor one. We were stuck with Sanchez due to the cap hit anyway, so I thought they should have played him and held off on a QB this draft. Ideally Sanchez improves, makes a half decent showing of himself, then he’d have some value on the trade market. Now I say play them both half a season, then see what we can get for them. Just my opinion but Geno Smith is not the future!

        • TheJetPress

          One of the few people that agree with me. I would have been content with waiting one more year for a qb as well. Not one of the QBs in this year’s draft was a franchise player in my opinion.

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