Dustin Keller Must Have Rebound Season for Miami Dolphins

By Andrew Fisher
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

I think we can all agree that young quarterbacks benefit from reliable tight ends. That’s what the Miami Dolphins are hoping Dustin Keller will be for Ryan Tannehill.

After a frustrating injury-filled 2012 season in which Keller only played eight games, he’ll be looking for a fresh start in Miami. It was time for him to depart from the New York Jets, and leave the struggling franchise in the rearview mirror. Now he’s joining a team on the rise, that made some serious upgrades in the offseason.

The Dolphins have themselves a pretty good receiver corps, and if Keller can regain his prior form, they’ll be in business. The tight end’s best season came in 2011, when he caught 65 passes for 815 yards and five touchdowns. Certainly not eye-popping numbers, but if he puts up similar figures in 2013, the Dolphins will be very happy.

You’d have to say that this is the best group of receivers that’s ever surrounded Keller, and that Tannehill is probably already better than Mark Sanchez. Based on those factors alone, Keller is set up for a successful season. He’s not a Pro Bowl-caliber guy, but a guy that should be a reliable weapon for Tannehill.

Miami needs Keller to stay healthy more than anything, as there’s not a lot of experience behind him. He figures to pair with draftee Dion Sims, and together, they’ll give Tannehill two quality safety valves. More than anything else, just having trustworthy pass-catchers for Tannehill to check down to, should make a big difference.


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