I have to step away from a computer right now but I don't want to lose this thought and I don't have the time to pull all the stats so I really hope this is going to be more of a discussion thread. I have seen this posted in so many threads already that I thought it warrented a thread of it's own and since John B. has some great posts about breakouts for 2011 I thought of Dustin K. I was hoping that one of you number crunchers might toss up some Dustin Keller stats Pre-Holmes and Post-Holmes to show what kind of a force this man is and can be when Sanchez utilizes him. More thoughts after the jump.
We just got the news that J-Co was released and there are a lot of very unhappy fans about this. With the probable signing of Derrick Mason as a replacement I am thinking given the unknown variables of both Mason and more importantly Plax we might just see Keller as being a very very huge factor in the 2011 season.
He's been known as Sanchez's security blanket and when utilized can shred teams like the 2009 Pats. If I remember correctly he was even dubbed the Patriot killer. I just think we're forgetting how good this guy can be when used properly and integrated into this offence when you spread the field which is something a Holmes/Plax/Mason combo CAN do regardless of how good they do in receptions and TDs. They CAN and will spread the field which could create nightmare matchups underneath.
Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the little chip passes what made Phil Simms such a standout for the G-men? It wasn't the long bombs down the field... it was just the little dump passes to move the chains to the tight ends and rb's. He could just dump those little passes off all day long and those chains just kept on moving. That's Keller... and even LDT. With Sanchez's improved footwork... that sounds win to me.
Sanchez's biggest issue last year appeared to be accuracy. At least to me.. i'm not a numbers guy and I don't have to be to see a ball go higher than a receiver can jump or way wide. And I saw a lot of that when Sanchez's interception numbers started to pile up. But when he was dumping those little chip shots to Keller... Accuracy wasn't really a concern. Those chains just kept moving and Keller's TD numbers were rising. He was very good for my Fantasy numbers!
I think Keller may be the crutch we will rely on this year. Maybe not right off the bat because of course it's Schotty and he has so many new toys... but the field is spread and Keller underneath to me sounds win.