Braylon Edwards ‘excited’ to make Seahawks debut

Sep 7, 2012, 4:17 PM | Updated: 4:28 pm

By Brady Henderson

General manager John Schneider didn’t sound like he was expecting too much when the Seahawks signed veteran wide receivers Braylon Edwards and Antonio Bryant before training camp.

“This isn’t like a reclamation center or anything, but these are guys that are talented players that we’ll take a look at,” Schneider told “Brock and Salk” in July. “During training camp you have an opportunity to have kind of extended tryouts, and these guys both deserve it and the club deserves it.”

That approach was certainly understandable. Both receivers, while skilled and accomplished, were coming off knee injuries that either either slowed them in 2011 or sidelined them completely.

Braylon Edwards is expected to start at split end in place of Golden Tate in the Seahawks’ regular-season opener. (AP)

Bryant was released during training camp. Edwards earned a spot on the final roster after a strong preseason, somewhat surprising for a player who was initially considered a longshot by some to make the team.

Not to him, though.

“No, I don’t think there was a doubt in my mind,” Edwards told “Bob and Groz” on Thursday. “They [the Seahawks] liked what they saw when I worked out. I trained hard all offseason to rehab my knee and get back to form, and once they gave me a chance I knew I pretty much was going to at least make the team.”

Not only is Edwards on the team, he’ll likely play a significant role in Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Cardinals with starting split end Golden Tate out due to a knee injury.

Edwards, 29, was the third overall pick in 2005 and made the Pro Bowl in 2007. But he wasn’t going to stick with the Seahawks based on reputation alone, especially after a forgettable 2011 season in which he caught a career-low 15 passes and was released after nine games by the 49ers due to a knee injury that required two surgeries.

He needed a strong preseason, and he needed his knee to hold up.

So far, so good.

“I feel good. I haven’t had any problems throughout the preseason. I was a little nervous going into it because … I knew I was healthy, I worked out good, but with contact and one-one-ones, actual coverage, I didn’t know how it was going to be,” he said. “But the knee has responded well and it’s been just fine, so I’m excited for Sunday.”

Edwards had three catches for 83 yards and a touchdown in three preseason games.

“It’s not all what you saw in games, it was practice as well,” coach Pete Carroll said following the Seahawks’ preseason finale. “The things he did in practice he did in games, making big plays up the sidelines and all of that. He was tough and aggressive, and he’s been very attentive, a good learner. He made a quick change and bought in. He’s been real positive for us.”

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