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Keller Will Be the Catalyst When the O Kicks In

Posted by Randy Lange on October 29, 2010 – 2:18 pm

This is Dustin Keller Week on newyorkjets.com. On Thursday we posted Nick Gallo’s piece on the tight end’s community event at Brooklyn Tech earlier this week. Today it’s back to football.

The bad news for No. 81 is that he’s no longer on that TD-a-game pace he was on, five scores in the first four games this season, eight in the last seven dating to the start of the ’09 playoffs. He’s touchdown-less the past two weeks.

The good news is that he’s moving the chains and gobbling up the yards big-time. In fact, this week he checks in as the second-best tight end in the NFL when it comes to yards per reception. His 14.3 average trails only the usual suspect, San Diego’s superb Antonio Gates at 15.4.

“I’m always behind Antonio,” Keller told me with a mock shrug this week. “It always seems that if I have a good one, he has a crazy good one. As long as we’re winning, that’s all that really matters, but we’ll see.”

That’s the exquisite competitor in Keller coming out. He wants the ultimate prize, which is the Jets being on top when and where it counts, but if he can get the other things done in the process, like showing he’s the top dog in a talented group of NFL tight ends this season, then he’s ready to attack it all.

One thing is for sure. DKNYJ is off to a fashionable start. His 24 receptions lead the Jets, his 343 yards is tied with WR Braylon Edwards and his five TDs equals LaDainian Tomlinson’s total. It’s the best six-game start by a Jets tight end since Mickey Shuler opened 1989 with 24 catches. The club’s TE records of 76 receptions and 879 yards (both set by Shuler in ’85) and 10 TDs (by Rich Caster in ’72) are all doable.

“I think a lot of plays have been to my strength. They’ve given me a chance to get more yards after the catch,” said Keller, who had the fourth 40-plus reception of his three-year career on his 41-yarder (24 after the catch) at Denver. “Also, our receivers are making it easier on me. We always have some type of mismatch out there. We have too much talent at our skill positions to not have those mismatches. So it’s just making it that much easier.”

But that should also work in the opposite direction. We’ve seen flashes of the passing game that’s been touted since Mark Sanchez welcomed LaDainian Tomlinson and Santonio Holmes in the offseason to join Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, Brad Smith and Keller.

Yet the air game has yet to spring wide open. Holmes, not including a certain 46-yard advance late at Denver, has just seven catches for 88 yards in his two games back, Cotchery is averaging 7.7 yards a catch, and Tomlinson, while adding a backfield receiving dimension that was missing last year, has averaged 5.6 yards per reception.

Perhaps the Packers on Sunday will be a chance for the passing game to erupt. Whenever it happens, Keller figures to be in the middle of it.

“We’re fortunate, since it hasn’t kicked in all the way yet, to be 5-1 at this point,” he said. “But things are just going to get that much better offensively. Hopefully these next few weeks things start to go full-force and we start really playing some good football, all the way up to, God willing, the playoffs.”

And getting the postseason, Keller knows, is the goal that counts most as the Jets prepare to lift off into the final five-eighths of their season on Sunday.

Rex Cetera

Ryan’s news conference today at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center was short and sweet, with some standup stuff mixed in. The only news as such was Rex proclaiming of his team, “Everybody’s playing.” LB Calvin Pace, C Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis are still the only players on the injury report, all practiced full today and all are probable for the Packers.

Update, 3:15 p.m.: The Packers have been banged up but their final I-report of the week took a turn for the healthier today. Three starters are questionable — DEs Cullen Jenkins and Ryan Pickett and T Mark Tauscher, although first-round rookie Bryan Bulaga has been starting at RT for Tauscher the past several games. Five are probable, including CB Charles Woodson, WR Donald Driver and LT Chad Clifton.


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13 Responses to “Keller Will Be the Catalyst When the O Kicks In”

  1. By IRA on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Keller is going to have a huge game this week. 7 catches for 109 yds and 1 TD.

  2. By Gmany3k on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Rogers is going to be the leading rusher for the pack.
    1 TD is not a huge game Ira unless its 1 each for BE ,JCO,SH,LT,SG and keller :)

  3. By IRA on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Gmany, That was just Keller. They have nobody to cover him. the Jets will rush fr over 150 yds as a team this week.
    One thing that i think will play into the Jets hands this week is the wind. The packers can’t run the ball and if the wind is going to be 20-25 mph like they say the Packers aren’t going to be able to throw downfield into those winds at times. I want to see how Folk is going to handle the wind.
    GO JETS!!!!!

  4. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Wow, an acknowledgment that the passing game hasn’t really kicked in yet and that we’re going nowhere until it does. Randy, thanks for sneaking this one past Rex or whatever you had to do to get it up on the site!

  5. By Doug aka BIGD on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    lets get this thing on already! cant wait… i hope the players feel the same

  6. By Doug aka BIGD on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    the crowd must be LOUD! make the cheeseheads eat their stupid hats

  7. By Doug aka BIGD on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    show mr.rogers hes not welcome in OUR NEIGHBORHOOD! and no we wont be your neighbor!

  8. By J.Z. on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    what’s that on their heads Swiss cheese??????it is going to change into Limburger buy 4:00pm.sunday. J-E-T-S-jets jets jets!!!

  9. By Pranit on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    Thats what we said against Denver,,,that the running game would yield 200 yds…didn’t quite happen…so lets just hope it happens this week…otherwise i am always nervous if the sanchize has to throw 40 times in a game,,,,

    hopefully we can get a big play from our special teams….

  10. By wayne on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    Denver took Keller away and Sanchez been lost.Not confident He can consistently hit his WRs.the other teams arent going to continue to drop ints.Step up Mr. Sanchez….I see where “The Daily Line” got canned.Man, karma is a beast. The title “journalist” gets tossed around so freely, as do words such as love and hate.Anybody got Hefner’s number? A “journalist” is gonna need it..Here’s hoping that if there are Packer fans at the stadium New Yorkers will treat them with respect….Rex is still not getting it.

  11. By Row on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    Sanchez will be tested once again. I think Keller has been very clutch, but against teams with a better pass rush and solid safety play, he tends to disappear. (Baltimore, Minn) I think Schotty needs to let him run a few more fly patterns because there are few safeties that can hang with him. (Berry maybe) IRA, good mention on Folk. I hope #6 plays well with the wind too. Woodson is no joke. It’s really hard to believe Cotch has as many catches as he does. The Jets are still playing a solid D vs both the run as well as the pass. I think this will be a grinder with us ending up on top. We should be able to run on them. I personally think the key here is Holmes. He has ran good routes, but not thrown to much.

  12. By Row on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    Cont’d…
    Holmes needs to be the first or second option for #6 to get the ball to him. Schotty needs to redesign some plays for SH or make him the #1 WR. The gameplan is huge here. Getting Keller started early sounds good. Go Jets

  13. By Mike Jet Vet on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I for one acknowledge Keller many times for the very reason Randy is writing about and rightly so, he’s been clutch plain and simple one of the best TE’s in the game..I hear so many saying GB will take Keller away in this game, yeah OK so, then to boot I’m hearing about Driver Jones and company for GB, yeah ok so ,with all that said i have to ask what does everyone think B-E –S-H– J-Co –S-G and L-T out of the backfield will be doing sleeping ? these guys are in my opinion collectively the best in the NFL … to me taking Keller away to leave one of these other guys open is like getting hit with a left then begging for a right

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