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Big jump in his rankings in many Fantasy League web sites..

Per ESPN:

Big trade should unlock Keller in Jets' offense

October 8, 2009 10:19 AM

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The real impact of Braylon Edwards on the New York Jets' offense probably won't be found on his personal stat line.

His presence will be sprinkled throughout the lineup, and the player who might benefit most of all is tight end Dustin Keller.

"Keller will be really difficult to key on now," Scouts Inc. analyst Matt Williamson said.

Keller should be scarier to opposing defenses than he has been. He's averaging three receptions and 43 yards a game.

If the Jets' base personnel consists of two running backs, Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery at receiver and Keller at tight end, then base defenses will have a difficult time matching up.

"All of a sudden you're going to see more two-high-safety looks, which is going to help the running game," Williamson said. "You're going to see more teams worried about the other weapons.

"Keller is not an in-line, pounding tight end. This will get Keller detached from the formation more and up against a linebacker more often. I think he'll abuse that kind of coverage."

Edwards also should provide a jolt for versatile running back Leon Washington. Similar to Keller, the Jets can more easily maneuver Washington into mismatches.

"You start Leon Washington out in the backfield and motion him out wide," Williamson said. "If you get a heavier linebacker on him, you exploit that mismatch.

"It opens up an awful lot for the whole offense."

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the other side of the argument is if there are balls going to cotch and braylon than the TE won't be emphasized.

contrast Keller to a player like Vernon Davis, who is probably the go-to guy on that team.

Which really boils down to - how well will Schott utilize his talent. His part in this is huge and will hopefully be telltale if he mismanages this offense. No one will care if it succeeds.

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the other side of the argument is if there are balls going to cotch and braylon than the TE won't be emphasized.

contrast Keller to a player like Vernon Davis, who is probably the go-to guy on that team.

Bart Scott said it best today...

If the Dolphins put Smith against Edwards in one-on-one coverage, Jets linebacker Bart Scott has a message for the team that tries such a move:

"If you're dumb enough to leave him single-handed with one corner, so be it," said Scott, who added he has known Edwards for nine years. "Drop eight men in the box if you want to. Live or die with single coverage."

Scott said Edwards will cause teams to roll coverage toward him, which then would leave starter Jerricho Cotchery by himself. And if you find another way to cover both, it will leave tight end Dustin Keller to also cause some trouble in the passing game.

"And if you also find a linebacker that can handle him, then you've got Leon Washington matched up against a lesser athlete of a linebacker," Scott said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/2009/10/08/2009-10-08_business_as_usual_for_miami_dolphins.html?page=1#ixzz0TMfF9mOq

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