Tim Tebow and Dustin Keller Are Keys to Success for New York Jets

Chris FaigCorrespondent INovember 9, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets reaxcts after he ran for a first down in the secon dhalf against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Dustin Keller is an elite tight end that has yet to be fully unleashed.  Whether it has been the fault of Mark Sanchez or just how the offense has been run to date, it seems as if Keller's true potential has yet to be tapped.

Sure, the New York Jets have been shaky this season, but Dustin Keller has yet to really assimilate himself back into this offense after the hamstring injury that held him out for four weeks.  Keller is seen as a major weapon to the offense and a comfortable target for quarterback Mark Sanchez.  

Having their starting tight end sidelined for a significant period of time definitely took a toll on the team. Last season, Keller earned career highs in all of the major statistical categories, making 65 receptions out of 116 targets for 815 yards and five touchdowns.  Getting Keller back at this crucial point in the season will launch the Jets back into the playoff race.  It has already been seen how efficient the tight end out of Purdue can be, making 14 receptions out of 18 targets for 160 yards and one touchdown the last two games. 

Not only must Tony Sparano and the Jets heavily incorporate Dustin Keller into the offensive game plan, but New York must use Tim Tebow more often.  Tim Tebow has swallowed his pride, giving up a starting job in Jacksonville, to come to the New York Jets and play a small role for a hopeful Super Bowl team.  So, why can't Mark Sanchez be a professional and come out for a few plays?

Experts always say that when Sanchez gets taken out for Tebow, it messes with his flow.  But there are multiple variables throughout the course of a football game that will alter a quarterback's mojo. Sanchez, as well as the entire Jets organization, needs to buck up.  Tebow is a weapon that needs to be utilized when he is the better option at quarterback.

Tim Tebow has proven success at all levels—from high school to college and even at the professional level.  Everybody knows about the "Tebowmania" that took over the NFL last season.  When Tebow took over the Denver Broncos, he turned them into a playoff team and even beat the dangerous  Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime of the first round. As quarterback for the Broncos, Tebow completed 126 of 271 attempted passes for 1,729 yards, 12 TDs, six INTs, a 46.5 completion percentage and had a 72.9 QB Rating.

Although I believe Tim Tebow is the better quarterback for this offense, I'm not even insisting he has to start.  He just simply needs to be used more, and the Jets need to practice his packages more often.  This guy is an athletic force and has one hell of an arm, despite what many analysts will say.  Give this guy more of a chance.  

He will contribute.

Head coach Rex Ryan has continually insisted that Mark Sanchez is his starting quarterback because he believes in him, and that's the way it's going to stay.  

Eventually, that may cost him his job.