So, now this is not turning into a Jets blog, despite my interview with Eric Boland of New York Newsday on the Blurb last night and now this story.
This morning, Eric posted this story on his blog at Newsday.com regarding rookie TE Dustin Keller. Here’s the link but the gist of it is that Keller is having a ridiculous rookie season, only trailing Shockey for production by the recent era of guys at the position.
Yes, better than Gates, Witten and Gonzalez. In fact, according to the article (given to Eric by a reader with even more time on his hands than I have) it lookes like only four tight ends in the history of the position have had better first seasons.
Shockey – 74 receptions, 894 yards, 2 tds
Keith Jackson – 81 receptions, 869 yards, 6 tds
Mike Ditka – 50 receptions, 1076 yards, 12 tds
John Mackey – 35 receptions, 726 yards, 7 tds
I haven’t fact checked these but damn. I’m not ready to crown him or anything, but he has played very, very well. Certainly worth what they paid to move up and grab him. On a side note, how often do we forget what Ditka did on the field? I forget he played sometimes, as if he sprang from the earth wearing a sweater vest and yelling. But that’s some damned good numbers for Iron Mike and we forget about that at times.
Should have a fairly good end stretch here as well, as Favre definitely loves his rookie target.
Check out the article – the guy who hooked Boland up with it did a good job.