A major part of Tony Sparano’s offense is the vertical threat, which the Jets really didn’t have last year. Even without one, Keller set a career high in receiving yards with 815.
As discussed many times before, Stephen Hill can fly. He’s tall and can run like a deer. Anyone who averaged more than 20 yards per catch in college, even with a limited number of receptions, is a legit deep threat. His mere precence will open up the underneath stuff for Keller, paving the way to set new career highs.
A lot of guys, Nick Mangold and David Harris are examples, received new contracts prior to the end of their rookie deals. Dustin Keller was not so lucky.
If you read the previous posts where we have discussed this, you know that Keller isn’t happy about it. He knows that other guys have received deals while he has not. He knows he has been there for Mark for his whole career, but yet hasn’t been rewarded.
He wants to get his first big payday. He is going to play in 2012 with a chip on his shoulder, to show that he is worthy, from either the Jets are another team, of a big check.
Will Keller get a big deal from the Jets? That still remains to be seen. But he will have a season worthy of earning it, by catching passes for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.