Dustin Keller was drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft, with the 30th overall pick.
He had an excellent rookie season in 2008, with 48 receptions, 535 yards and 3 TDs. It is believed that Brett Favre told Keller that he wished he had him on his team earlier in his career, which says a lot about Favre’s perception of Keller’s abilities.
Keller has improved every season, culiminating with a season in 2011 with 65 receptions, 815 yards, and 5 TDs.
For the “Ground and Pound” to make it in 2012, the tight end has to have a big year. Mark Sanchez is by far the most comfortable with Keller, which makes sense, since he is the only guy that has been here the whole time Sanchez has been.
To achieve the status the Jets want to achieve, I believe Keller will have to become a bigger factor in the redzone. He will get his opportunities. If he can get more towards 10 TDs or so, have a Gronk-like performance, it could mean big things for the Jets offense.
Spotlight, TE Dustin Keller.