New York Jets: How Improved Will They Be in the Red Zone in 2011?
It was well known that the Jets could move the ball down the field pretty well last season, but once they got into the opposing team's 20 yard line they could go no further.
Many think this is the main reason they went after Plaxico Burress in the offseason, because they wanted a receiver who earned his pay on those short passes to the corner of the endzone.
Burress showed his worth on Sunday night, when he pulled in a big touchdown against the Cowboys in the fourth quarter. It was a classic Burress catch, over the shoulder with him using his body and height to separate him from the smaller defender.
Between Burress and Holmes the Jets have two different types of receivers to look at in the red zone, more of a size receiver and more of possession receiver.
The Jets could not really get any worse in the red zone this year, and one has to figure between Burress and Holmes and the development of tight end Dustin Keller the Jets have the options if they need to go to the air for a short completion.
Of course all of this depends on if Mark Sanchez can make the throws, but he has never really struggled to put the ball on the back shoulder. As long as the Jets dumb down the playbook enough that he can just make throws as opposed to having to drop back and make decisions, the Jets should be better at punching it in.
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