East Rutherford, N.J. — In the offseason the New York Jets and their general manager Mike Tannenbaum made some great moves to pick up big name players on offense. They resigned WR Santonio Holmes, they signed WR Plaxico Burress (both had game winning SuperBowl touchdown receptions) and they also signed the veteran WR Derrick Mason. Surely these players will make great contributions throughout the season but as of right now it looks like QB Mark Sanchez doesn’t mind throwing to his three year teammate TE Dustin Keller.
“Obviously those guys have been around now for three years together so there is confidence with them for sure.” Ryan said, “We all know he’s a tremendous receiving tight end and he’s getting much better at blocking, so I’m really proud of the day he had.”
Both coach Ryan and Keller realize that the coverage the Jacksonville Jaguars were throwing at them today enhanced the percentage that Keller got thrown to. Sanchez was making the right choices instead of forcing throws to his other outside receivers.
Keller who registered his third career game with 100 reception yards (6 receptions – 101 yards and a touchdown) said about his performance, “They pretty much gave us the middle of the field and they were playing a lot of zone. They just left the middle of the field wide open so that left a lot of things wide open for me.”
“Sometimes coverage will dictate where our outside receivers are going to be and they will get more opportunities and sometimes it will be the inside receivers.” Ryan said, “With the way they were playing us today, it seemed like Dustin had a few more opportunities than the outside guys. Again, the great thing is with our group, now we’re throwing it to the open guys and sometimes the coverage will dictate who will get more opportunities.”
It looks like the two athletes are on the same page this season after being along side eachother for three years. The rapport between the other receivers and Sanchez will be coming soon I’m sure,and when that happens, look for the offense to be clicking on all cylinders and the confidence the team carries will only become stronger.
“We are a confident team. Ryan said, “We will always be confident, and I see that as a positive, not a negative.”
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