HEALTHY DUSTIN KELLER
We know how Jeremy Kerley has been having a breakout season, but don’t underestimate the play of Dustin Keller. Finally, he is healthy and back to full speed, which only means good things for Mark Sanchez. They are the best of friends off the field, and that translates into the wonderful chemistry that they show on the field. Since he has returned from injury, he has been Mark’s Mr. Reliable, with 18 receptions out of 24 targets.
With the running game starting to step up, that progression will start to open up the holes in the defense. Defenses will start bringing guys up to stop the run, leaving room for Dustin to roam up the seams, and retain his status as Mark Sanchez’s most valuable weapon.
The question mark is included for a couple of reasons. The first is the fact that Reuland has been a suprise. When the Jets picked him up, not many had ever heard of him, and most expected him to just make an impact in the running game. Nobody expected that he would be viable in the passing game, and he has been just that. In his limited use, Reuland actually has been quite reliable with 5 catches out of 7 targets. A pretty darn good percentage, wouldn’t you say?
The second reason for the question mark has been Sparano’s lack of use for Reuland lately. He actually hasn’t been targeted since the game against New England(he made the catch for 11 yards). Henceforth, the question mark. If the Jets actually use Reuland, he is a reason to be optimistic.
As I said earlier, there isn’t a lot to hang onto with the Jets offense, as it has been pretty putrid. But there are some positives out there. When you brush through all the sand, there are some pearls. They aren’t the biggest pearls, nor are they the shiniest. But they are there, and should give us a little bit of hope as we enter the final seven games of the year.