Friday, August 9, 2013

Keller trying to accelerate young TEs' learning


Dustin Keller has one year to prove his worth with the Miami Dolphins. He's trying to earn it both in and out of action.

The former New York Jets tight end, who opted for a single-season deal with the Dolphins to up his stock, has taken the field alongside maligned returner Michael Egnew and rookie Dion Sims, who are battling for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.

While Keller is honing his own craft, he's trying to help along the youngsters.

"One thing I try to do is accelerate their learning," Keller told Max Strauss of Things that normally would take a year of ups-and-downs of learning. If I see it right then and there, I’ll let them know about how I would do it, and I let them know how I see it."
Keller has the experience and the credibility. He made an immediate impact as a rookie catching passes from Brett Favre and was Mark Sanchez's go-to target the next three years. The normally-healthy Keller, however, caught the injury bug last season and was in and out of the lineup all year. Before 2012, the now sixth-year veteran averaged 53 catches and caught 15 touchdowns through his first four seasons.

Sims was drafted in large part for his run-blocking acumen, though he dropped 20 pounds in his transition to the pros, which should help him get around better on the route-running tree.

As of late last month, Egnew was basically on the outside looking in, but he's reportedly done enough in training camp to be a legitimate participant in the team's positional competition.

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