New Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller told Jim Rome on Thursday that his former quarterback, Mark Sanchez, has what it takes to be a success with the Jets. Keller signed a one-year contract with Miami last week, but he stays in touch with Sanchez and believes he can get back to the form that led New York to consecutive AFC title games.

“There’s a lot and of ups and downs throughout the season, but I for sure think he can be that guy,” Keller said. “I think with this new coordinator (Marty Mornhinweg) coming in, it’s going to be a fresh start for Mark. Speaking with him, he loves the guy and he’s already spending countless hours in there with him, so hopefully it’s going to be a nice change of pace for him.”

Keller was impressed with how Sanchez has handled the pressure of playing in New York and arrival of Tim Tebow.

“I give him high marks just because with everything coming at him nonstop, the media and also with (Tim) Tebow, he’s a great guy (Tebow) but with him coming in, that just makes it that much harder on [Sanchez.] I think he handled all that stuff very well,” Keller said.

The tight end also addressed the new controversial rule passed at the NFL Annual Meeting, which means a player can no longer lower the crown of their helmet outside the tackle box.

“It’s going to be a tough thing because that’s a lot of guy’s games,” said Keller. “I personally myself don’t really like it, but that’s coming from an offensive player. I’m sure defensive players feel differently about it.

In addition to being unpopular, Keller doesn’t believe it will be an easy rule for NFL officials to enforce either.

“I think there’s going to be a big grey area and there’s going to be a lot of dispute every week so it’s going to be a tough thing,” Keller added. “That’s the call they made and we will have to figure out how to play with it.”


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