Then there’s the other TE who’s been given the starting nod a few times here this season. Konrad Reuland has been a good surprise, in my opinion. 9 receptions, 75 yards and no TDs but he is a smart guy who blocks and opens up paths and opportunties. He’s a bit of a hybrid in that he’s not just a TE– he can play halfback and fullback as well. He can block, he can catch, he can run a good solid route. People have honed in on the fact that he’s another one of Sanchez’s off the field friends; the two go back to their childhood days where they played basketball as well as football together as far back as elementary school. Rather than focus on that, people should focus on the fact that Reuland has actually been a positive addition in a sea of negative or at least questionable moves that is now known as the 2012 season. I wouldn’t be disappointed to see Reuland remain on the team. It shouldn’t matter that he was a friend of the starting quarterbacks before their voices even changed. It should only matter that he’s played pretty well. And he has.
So this brings us back to Dustin Keller. Do the Jets let him walk? Is he still a security blanket for Sanchez? Normally I’d say yes, but at this point I feel that the presence in the locker room and day to day life is probably more beneficial to the chemistry than anything we see happen on the field between #6 and #81. When Sanchez was silent after the implosion of the team on January 1st it was Dustin Keller who loaned his voice to defend his quarterback and friend against rumors, slander and in basic defense. And that wasn’t the first time that he’d stepped up to do so. In a contract year a guy is supposed to play his butt off and prove his worth. Injuries sidelines Dustin, but will that earn him the pass to the point that the Jets throw the money at him and re-sign him, or will they go out and get themselves a more complete TE and start from scratch? It’s one of the many things that we as fans will have our eyes peeled for as free agency begins. But we’re not there yet. So let’s just hope that Dustin can somehow get back to playing shape and show up for however many games this team has left in them. If not, we may very well be looking at him on the opposite side of the field next season.
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