Dustin Keller is not expected to play this Sunday as the New York Jets take the road to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at 1:00 pm ET on Sunday afternoon. Keller is Mark Sanchez’s longest tenured weapon and his security blanket. Keller was a first round pick of the Jets in the 2008 NFL Draft.
The tight end had his best professional season last year when he caught 65 passes for 815 yards and five touchdowns. This season has been the roughest for Keller as he’s only played in eight games due to a variety of injuries. He’s caught 28 passes for 317 yards and two scores.
It has been a bad time for Keller to miss so many games as he’s a free agent at the end of the year and it’s uncertain if the Jets will bring him back. Prior to this season, he never missed a game before. His lack of numbers might bring his price tag down which could work in the Jets favor. The Jets won’t have much cap space after the season and it could help Sanchez to have his favorite target as Sanchez will be on the squad next season.
The only other Jet tight end on the current roster that has caught a pass this season is Jeff Cumberland. Cumberland is a former wide receiver at the University of Illinois who is in his third season on the team. He has caught 21 passes for 233 yards with two touchdowns on the season.