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Dustin Keller: “I’m a Pro Bowl tight end”

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Jets tight end Dustin Keller has never been to a Pro Bowl. But he says that’s going to change.

I definitely feel that I’m a Pro Bowl tight end,” Keller told the New York Daily News. “And I feel that will happen this year.”

Keller’s numbers have steadily improved during his four NFL seasons, and last year he had career highs in catches (65), yards (815), yards per catch (12.5) and touchdowns (five). This year he plans to top all that.

“I’m in my prime right now,” Keller said. “This is going to be my best year yet. . . . I will be a huge part of this offense.”

But a big question is whether Keller will have an opportunity to be a huge part of the offense: Keller will have trouble improving his number if the Jets are throwing the ball less this season, which the coaching staff has said is the plan.

Entering the final year of his contract, Keller has said he hopes the Jets will give him a new deal. A trip to the Pro Bowl would ensure that Keller gets paid well by someone next year.

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43 Responses to “Dustin Keller: “I’m a Pro Bowl tight end””
  1. Patriot42 says: Aug 12, 2012 10:28 AM

    This guy is only great in his own mind

  2. patriotsdefense says: Aug 12, 2012 10:36 AM

    1. No he isn’t.

    2. He will never be with Sanchez and Tebow throwing him the ball.

    3. This guy only has good Septembers. 1 month a season does not make.

  3. fitzmagic1212 says: Aug 12, 2012 10:36 AM

    hes not even the 2nd best TE in the division……

  4. buffalomook says: Aug 12, 2012 10:37 AM

    He is a solid player, but he is not even the first or second best tight end in his own division. That will make it pretty difficult to make it to the Pro Bowl.

  5. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 12, 2012 10:42 AM

    Keller is a very good TE. He’s not used nearly enough (Shotty fail). He’s not on the Gronk or Graham level, but could be in the tier below.

  6. thejuddstir says: Aug 12, 2012 10:42 AM

    Was it Sanchez or Rex Ryan told him that he was a Pro Bowl TE ?

  7. hedleykow says: Aug 12, 2012 10:43 AM

    Being Tebow’s lead blocker probably won’t land him a spot at the pro bowl. But it will glorify Jesus, which is more important.

  8. elmaxoh says: Aug 12, 2012 10:43 AM

    Too bad you have Sanchez and Tebow as your QB …

  9. pftcensorssuck says: Aug 12, 2012 10:44 AM

    Gota love these Yets …… for a team that hasn’t won a damn thing, they think the world of themselves

  10. stairwayto7 says: Aug 12, 2012 10:46 AM

    Of course he will. He is not going to the Super Bowl and the top 6 other te’s won’t go due to injuries!

  11. ff56101 says: Aug 12, 2012 10:48 AM

    No wonder he’s a Jet.

  12. canetic says: Aug 12, 2012 10:51 AM

    Tebow is more likely to be a pro bowl tight end on that team

  13. djdvd says: Aug 12, 2012 10:51 AM

    To be fair it’s hard to look great when the guy trying to get you the ball for most of your career is Mark Sanchez.

  14. patriots123456 says: Aug 12, 2012 10:52 AM

    Is there anyone in the Jets organization who doesn’t have a BIG MOUTH?

  15. thekingdave says: Aug 12, 2012 11:05 AM

    Gayke Gayden: “No you’re not”

  16. muir6 says: Aug 12, 2012 11:06 AM

    Where do u make widgets? Fantasyland

  17. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Aug 12, 2012 11:07 AM

    Errr, ever hear the names Gronk, Graham, Hernandez? Must be something in the water in Jest land. I feel bad for him though, being a who dat in a contract year stinks.

  18. backinblack67 says: Aug 12, 2012 11:07 AM

    and I’m the Easter Bunny

  19. beedubyatoo says: Aug 12, 2012 11:12 AM

    The only pro bowlers the Jets have are the pro bowl talkers.

  20. rajbais says: Aug 12, 2012 11:20 AM

    Only in a West Coast offense or New England.

    If that was the case he’d be Gronkowski, Hernandez, Fred Davis, or Jermichael Finley.

  21. nashwaakkidd says: Aug 12, 2012 11:23 AM

    news flash genius, te’s that block for wildcat qb’s don’t go to pro bowls.sounds like agent-speak being put in his mouth.

  22. irishmike1973 says: Aug 12, 2012 11:28 AM

    to Patriots defense: The Pats have a defense?

  23. Wisconsin77 says: Aug 12, 2012 11:30 AM

    He looked like he had potential when Favre was throwing to him. But he has no chance as long as he has these jokers throwing to him.

  24. whodeytn says: Aug 12, 2012 11:35 AM

    Not with those QBs you aren’t

  25. jrcoop says: Aug 12, 2012 11:46 AM

    More likely he’ll have the same numbers as Fasano last year under Sparano… non-probowl.

  26. realnflmaster says: Aug 12, 2012 11:49 AM

    The JETS have been to more conference championships in the last 3 years than anybody in the league.

    What has your team done you bums?

  27. CKL says: Aug 12, 2012 11:51 AM

    irishmike1973 says:
    Aug 12, 2012 11:28 AM
    to Patriots defense: The Pats have a defense?
    _________________________________
    It was hideous to watch at times last year but it DID manage to be better in points allowed than the NYJ defense. Granted some of that NYJ PA is probably pick sixes etc by their O, but still.

    And yeah, much as I hate Favre, Keller definitely scared me a lot more when Favre was there.

  28. profootballwalk says: Aug 12, 2012 12:05 PM

    Football Outsiders rates every play of the game, taking in to account down and distance. They rank Keller #32 at tight end.

    Pro Bowl? How about one of the worst starters in the entire league?

  29. floriosfuglykid says: Aug 12, 2012 12:14 PM

    Don’t all Jets players think they’re Pro Bowlers ?

  30. pc1976 says: Aug 12, 2012 12:15 PM

    Keller: I’m a pro-bowl tight end
    World: no you’re not

  31. kuta82 says: Aug 12, 2012 12:19 PM

    Sexy Rexy and his Jets have YET to show what they can do..Too much guarantees and so far its been the New York Yets

  32. nyjalleffingday says: Aug 12, 2012 12:30 PM

    I think he COULD be, but realistically he’s often left out of the game plan, and he often doesn’t perform as well as he can. Plus, Gronk and Hernandez still exist.

  33. fitzy187 says: Aug 12, 2012 12:59 PM

    As a patriots fan I can honestly say he is the only Jet WR/TE that I worry about when we pay them. Pro bowl maybe not but pretty damn good.

  34. craigmaitland says: Aug 12, 2012 1:12 PM

    He’s horrible and doesn’t block. Jets biggest holes are a TE that can block and a runningback that can block or run.

  35. peepeetoucher says: Aug 12, 2012 1:18 PM

    Sorry Dustin, I love ya as a receiving TE but a pro bowl tight ends means you have to actually block also, which you can’t.

  36. cool10857 says: Aug 12, 2012 1:19 PM

    Wait, I thought Keller was the second best cornerback on the Jets…No, that was Antonio Cromartie….No, wait Cromartie is the second best wide receiver on the Jets…No, wait….this football team is a joke.

  37. aldonsack says: Aug 12, 2012 1:26 PM

    The Jets really like this prediction business…

  38. zeke2517 says: Aug 12, 2012 1:34 PM

    I remember when Eli Manning said something like this and a bunch of couch potatoes laughed at him.

  39. harry1941 says: Aug 12, 2012 2:32 PM

    The Patriots sucks. Go Jets

  40. dtjano says: Aug 12, 2012 2:40 PM

    He’s a good player. Sounds like he’s trying to make himself some money with next contract.

  41. scoops1 says: Aug 12, 2012 2:43 PM

    Pro ball TEs know how many yards their are in a first down

  42. cuda1234 says: Aug 12, 2012 2:48 PM

    IF Tebow plays, no one will make the pro bowl on that offense. Look at what happened at Florida and in Denver. Tebow makes Tebow look good, no one else gets any stats or any press.

  43. warrenpeacephotography says: Aug 12, 2012 9:35 PM

    You people realize that a tight end is not a wide receiver, right? All the comments are dissing Keller due to his receiving numbers, but his measurable numbers are only a fraction of the story.

    1) His receiving numbers are bad because opposing defenses game plan specifically to stop him. He’s a very good route runner.

    2) He’s a very good blocker.

    It’s unfair to say he’s not as good as Gronkowski and therefore he sucks. He isn’t as good as Gronk, but he’s still very good, and probably IS a pro-bowl caliber player.

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