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Dustin Keller vs. Visanthe Shiancoe, Tale of the Tape

By Alan Schechter

Dec 04, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller (81) during the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. the Jets defeated the Redskins 34-19. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Dec 18, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe (81) against the New Orleans Saints at the Metrodome. The Saints defeated the Vikings 42-20. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

There has been talk that the Jets are in the race as suitors for the services for free agent tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. This caused me to think it might be high time for a tale of the tape.

So here we go.

First we take a look at the career numbers:

RECEPTIONS: Keller-213, Shiancoe-243 RECEIVING YARDS: Keller-2,559, Shiancoe-2,677 TDs: Keller-15, Shiancoe-27

Now to compare 2011:

RECEPTIONS: Keller-65, Shiancoe-36 RECEIVING YARDS: Keller-815, Shiancoe-409 TDs: Keller-5, Shiancoe-3

So, clearly Keller has put up the better stats. The only stats that Shiancoe has beaten Keller on are yardage and TDs, but if you look at the stats on, that is a lot to do about Keller being in the league only three years. Heck, Keller is only a little over 100 yards behind Shiancoe after only three years. The Jets need a number two tight end.

So what’s the problem?

The only concern I could see is run blocking. Shiancoe is a terrific pass blocker, but doesn’t grade out well against the run. That could be a major concern as the Jets return to ground and pound.

But if the Jets feel they can improve his blocking, Shiancoe would be a good secondary addition to the New York Jets.