Reasons for Jets Fans to Stay Optimistic

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Sept 23, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (11) during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

JEREMY KERLEY IS AN EMERGING OFFENSIVE THREAT

Despite the poor play of the wide receivers to date, a bright spot has been Jeremy Kerley. Whether it has been in the return game, or on the field as a wide receiver, Kerley is emerging as a threat to score when he has the football in his hands. On a team that is losing its playmakers by the minute, Kerley is coming forward as a playmaker.

So far this season, Jeremy has recorded 10 catches for 197 yards and 2 TDs. If you project that over 16 games, here is what you get:

                                40 RECEPTIONS, 788 YARDS AND 8 TDS

This might not be the numbers of a number one receiver, but they are certainly the numbers of a guy that is emerging as a trustworthy threat for Mark Sanchez. These days, Mark can use guys like that anywhere he can get them.

CHAZ SCHILENS IS IMPROVING WITH INCREASED REPS

One guy that looked improved in the last game, if we can call it a game, was Chaz Schilens. He has gotten more playing time with the injuries to Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill, and is looking more like the guy Sanjay Lal was envisioning when the Jets brought him in.

He put up modest numbers last week, 3 catches for 45 yards. The numbers are nothing to write home about, but nobody’s on the offense were. If you look at the tape, you can see that this guy is an asset. He is a physical specimen at 6’4″ 225 pounds. Seeing him in person, you can tell just that. Watching the tape from last week, he is an excellent route runner. He runs crisp routes and has good hands. He too will emerge as the Jets move forward.

Sept 23, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Jets punter Robert Malone (3) runs prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

ROBERT MALONE IS A WEAPON

I understand that some might find it a reach to site a punter as a reason to stay optimistic, but Robert Malone is. Anyone who has watched him punt so far, knows that he is an upgrade at the punter position, and a real weapon in the field position game. He gets wonderful hang time on his punts, and is terrific and pinning teams inside the twenty. Teams don’t get good returns on this guy.

The offense is not going to be that 48 point team. Even when playing well, we know that was a fluke. When the running game gets going, and they can work play action off of it, if the Jets score 20-25 points in a game, we will be happy. They will be running the ball, playing drag em out, smash mouth football. Being able to pin opponents deep is a major advantage when you play in this style. Robert Malone will pay off big.

Keep the faith, Jets fans. I know it’s hard, but you can do it. We have hope. Hang in there.

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