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    NYJ.com: Kellers Take on Bake, Blocking and His QB's

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    04/10 — The Jets released Chris Baker in February and the Patriots wasted little time scooping up the veteran tight end.

    “I was kind of surprised," Dustin Keller said this week. "It’s always the Jets and the Patriots going at it, but I think it’s going to be a great fit for him. I think he’s going to do well. Every time he played against them, he had a good game. He’s going to be in that stadium [Gillette] every week, so it’s going to be really good for him.”

    We’ll never know if the Jets would have preferred to keep Baker at a more cap-friendly number, but it was Keller’s emergence as a rookie that made any release possible. Keller became a Brett Favre favorite and finished with 48 receptions while Baker has averaged 21 catches over his seven-year career.

    The 24-year-old Keller says Baker proved to be a good mentor.

    “When you go from a college tight end to an NFL tight end, of course guys are a lot faster. He helped me with my spacing on routes and sometimes my footwork, which I learned from Bubba [Franks] also,” Keller said. “ He played with Kellen [Clemens] and Chad [Pennington], so when I first got here he told me what they normally do.”

    Baker (6’3”, 258) was a solid run blocker and his contributions could be missed in that department. Keller, a bit smaller at 6’2”, 245, is on a mission to prove he can be more than just an adequate blocker.

    “I definitely want to prove people wrong. It’s something I like — I like people to say I can’t do something,” he said. “At every single level, I’ve competed, so I’m going to continue to do that.”

    The Jets have a new head coach in Rex Ryan, but offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has returned and TE coach Mike Devlin is also back for another season. So Keller won't have to learn a new system and he has already established a relationship with his position coach.

    “I became more comfortable with the offense as the year progressed,” Keller said. “I worked on blocking with Coach Devlin on hand placement and footwork and things should get better from here on out.”

    Keller, who is always a matchup problem because of his speed, says he’s trying to get up to 250 to “become more of a full-time guy.” Since Laveranues Coles also left via the free agency route, Keller's first -year catch total ranks second among the Jets' returning pass catchers. He figures to be counted on even more in his sophomore season and has begun getting reps in with the Jets' quarterbacks.

    “Kellen and Ratty are both looking really good out there right now," he says. "We throw twice a week and both of them have been putting the ball where it needs to be, so we have a nice little competition.”

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    Keller will probably always be a one-dimensional TE - which is fine b/c he's going to be a top 5 receiver at his position. The guy lacks the strength, power and mean streak to ever be a even an average blocker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VincenzoTestaverde View Post
    Keller will probably always be a one-dimensional TE - which is fine b/c he's going to be a top 5 receiver at his position. The guy lacks the strength, power and mean streak to ever be a even an average blocker.
    Can't fault hard work if he's trying though...

    It's not going to make him a worse blocker, so props to him

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    I'm probably in the minority here, but I saw Keller improve his run blocking toward the end of the season. IMHO, I think Keller will be able to evolve to a complete TE by the end of next year.

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    blocking is about willingness more than absolute size. i hope any weight he gains won't hurt his ability to catch passes. shuler wasn't that big and he did pretty well at te.

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    If Keller could become a complete TE and not just a one dimensional pass catching receiver, he could become one of the better TE's in the league.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sameoldjets View Post
    blocking is about willingness more than absolute size. i hope any weight he gains won't hurt his ability to catch passes. shuler wasn't that big and he did pretty well at te.
    I agree. Blocking TE bodies are usually around 255-265...if he gets up to 250 I really dont see 5 pounds making much of a difference. It will all come down to technique and a willingness to get dirty. Ive seen small RB's like Jones-Drew make some pretty nice blocks, so I cant doubt that Keller can if he wants to...and it seems that he wants to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VincenzoTestaverde View Post
    Keller will probably always be a one-dimensional TE - which is fine b/c he's going to be a top 5 receiver at his position. The guy lacks the strength, power and mean streak to ever be a even an average blocker.



    He's very strong, won't generate the kind of power that a 6.6 270 pound jumbo TE will, but I think he can be adequate, I don't know about mean streak but you won't find a more competitive guy and those guys usually have a mean streak in them, Vernon Davis is similar in size and is already considered the best blocking TE in the league. When Baker came in, he was thought to be a below average TE and he worked himself up from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VincenzoTestaverde View Post
    Keller will probably always be a one-dimensional TE - which is fine b/c he's going to be a top 5 receiver at his position. The guy lacks the strength, power and mean streak to ever be a even an average blocker.



    You see the way he finishes plays after the catch, initiating contact? No shortage of mean streak in this guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VincenzoTestaverde View Post
    Keller will probably always be a one-dimensional TE - which is fine b/c he's going to be a top 5 receiver at his position. The guy lacks the strength, power and mean streak to ever be a even an average blocker.
    Brent Jones has a ring or two...he says hi...

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    Couldn't agree more with assessment

    Met him at Charlies Browns after the Tennesee game. Real class act and most fan friendly. The blocking will come and who could forget the catches up at New England. Classic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VincenzoTestaverde View Post
    Keller will probably always be a one-dimensional TE - which is fine b/c he's going to be a top 5 receiver at his position. The guy lacks the strength, power and mean streak to ever be a even an average blocker.
    Jesus, this is just a dumb statement.

    You don't need a meanstreak or power to be a good blocker.

    Keller has proven to be a bit a freak, is quite confident in himself, and proved last year he has ice in his veins and a desire to be an all around TE, yet, here you are questioning his willingness to do exactly that from your couch and not having a clue about the guy's drive.

    What makes your post even more pathetic, is that he proved right away that he had a mean streak at the position with the way he worked his way into the line-up and stayed there.

    Do you just make this stuff up and hope it sticks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VincenzoTestaverde View Post
    Keller will probably always be a one-dimensional TE - which is fine b/c he's going to be a top 5 receiver at his position. The guy lacks the strength, power and mean streak to ever be a even an average blocker.
    In reference to the Location listed under your profile pic, who ever told you that was severely mistaken. I would try a navigation system, or just ask one of the fellow JI members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Ray19 View Post
    Jesus, this is just a dumb statement.

    You don't need a meanstreak or power to be a good blocker.

    Keller has proven to be a bit a freak, is quite confident in himself, and proved last year he has ice in his veins and a desire to be an all around TE, yet, here you are questioning his willingness to do exactly that from your couch and not having a clue about the guy's drive.

    What makes your post even more pathetic, is that he proved right away that he had a mean streak at the position with the way he worked his way into the line-up and stayed there.

    Do you just make this stuff up and hope it sticks?
    It's amazing, VT makes an objective statement about Keller not having the right body type or "nastiness" (which a lot of pundits believe is true) and he's called "dumb" and "pathetic" by a kid who probably hasn't reached puberty yet.
    RayRay, you still have a lot of growing up to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardTodd27 View Post
    It's amazing, VT makes an objective statement about Keller not having the right body type or "nastiness" (which a lot of pundits believe is true) and he's called "dumb" and "pathetic" by a kid who probably hasn't reached puberty yet.
    RayRay, you still have a lot of growing up to do.
    Do they measure nastiness at the combine? They must not have or Gholson wouldn't have been pciked as high as he was.

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