Roster Rundown: #81 Dustin Keller

Position: Tight End
Height / Weight: 6’2″ 250 lbs.
Age: 27 / Experience: 4
College: Purdue

2012 Contract Status: Under Contract through 2012

2011 Analysis: Keller was something of a watershed for this team.  While Keller was the the team’s leading receiver, it wasn’t the stat line that anyone might want from a team’s leading pass-catcher.  65 catches for 815 yards and 5 touchdowns on a 57% catch rate is not the sort of stat line any team would look at for their leading receiver.  While only five tight ends had more yardage this year, when a team’s leading target has a stat line like this, it’s a sign of just how bad things were this year offensively for the team.  Especially considering that Mark Sanchez ranked 9th in the league in pass attempts.  Point being, for as much as the Jets threw the ball, it was to little or no effect.  Knowing that makes it even harder to swallow the pill that in any Norv Turner strain of the Coryell system, the F-Back is a key component of the offense.

2012 Outlook: It’s really hard to predict how Sparano will respond to his pass catching Tight End, who struggled to catch more passes in 2011.  Does Sparano value the wildcard nature that an F-Back can bring?  I wonder … I think he values blocking at that spot.  There have been some rumors about the possibility of the Jets trading Keller.  We’ll have to wait and see, but I think that draft weekend will be a key determiner on what Keller’s future holds.  Do the Jets trade him? Does the team draft what would appear to be a replacement player?

Random Thought: Vernon Gholston, Dustin Keller, Dwight Lowery, Erik Ainge, Marcus Henry, Nate Garner … could the 2008 draft class be completely wiped clean off the team at the end of 2012?