Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Keller in familiar territory, but in unfamiliar way


The New England Patriots' new assistant Brian Daboll may have Bill Belichick's ear.

Former New York Jets and (sort of) Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller, who (sort of) played under Daboll in Miami, paid the Patriots a visit today, per ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The seventh-year veteran has certainly been to Foxborough plenty of times, but not so much in the friendly corners of the territory.

After five seasons with Gang Green, Keller signed a $4.25 million, one-year contract with the Dolphins last offseason with intentions to prove he's deserving of a long-term deal. Unfortunately, he went on to miss the entire 2013 season to a torn ACL, MCL and PCL, which he suffered in the preseason against the Houston Texans.

The Patriots, however, could do worse than to kick the tires on the once-better tight ends in the league, with Rob Gronkowski still on the mend and D.J. Williams having yet to make an impact. Michael Hoomanawanui still mans the depth chart, though, as well.

Keller could provide the Patriots a needed route-runner at the position, or at the very least add some depth, while barely dipping into the salary cap. He's hauled in 241 receptions and 17 touchdowns in his regular season career, having missed most of the last two years.

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