The Jets offense has been through a lot in the first half of the 2012 season. They have endured injuries, and getting on the same page with a new set of weapons. Despite all of that, the Jets offense has been on an upswing the last few weeks, and one of their main cogs is back and healthy. That guy is Dustin Keller. He has finally recovered from his hamstring injury, and looked terrific last week, recording 7 catches for 93 yards and 1 TD. He will be an essential weapon as the Jets move forward. Coach Rex Ryan talked about the difference having Keller back on the field:
We’ve been saying the whole season what a difference it makes to have that kind of target as a tight end. With that kind of athleticism, it’s a size-speed combination that’s hard to defend. Clearly, it does open up other things because he has to be one of their central focuses. Like we said before about Santonio Holmes, where he (would) draw the coverage, they would basically roll the coverage and play cover-two (on him). With Dustin, in football terms, basically you play quarters. What that means is you’re going to put two guys on Keller where you have a guy hit him at the line of scrimmage and be able to play quarters. Sometimes when you have the combination of both, you can’t play both those coverages, you have to pick one or the other. I think that’s what Dustin provides for you as well.
Dustin is invaluable to this offense. He makes Sanchez feel comfortable. You could see last week, it looked like they hadn’t had any time apart. The Jets need him healthy to be successful going forward.