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Dustin Keller injury not 'as big a loss' according to Greg Cosell

The Miami Dolphin lost starting tight end Dustin Keller to a season ending knee injury last week against the Houston Texas. This week, NFL Films' Greg Cosell says the loss will not be as bad for the Dolphins as feared.

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When tight end Dustin Keller was carted off the field against the Houston Texans last Saturday, the Miami Dolphins' offense seemed to be on the verge of a massive step back.  Keller and second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill had clearly developed a chemistry that was working, and the passing connection between the two appeared to be a major portion of the offense.

Without Keller, the Dolphins are going to have to rely on Charles Clay, Michael Egnew, and rookie Dion Sims at the position.  However, according to NFL Network's Greg Cosell, who appeared on Thursday's podcast, it's not those guys who will make sure the Dolphins' offense does not stumble without Keller.

It's Tannehill.

"After watching (Dolphins) tape, believe it or not, I don't think (Keller's) as big a loss as we would have thought," Cosell stated, via "I was really impressed with Tannehill's development. Maybe there's not one player who would put up the specific numbers we thought Keller would, but I don't think this short-circuits their pass game because of Tannehill's development. So I still think they'll have a very solid pass game."

Is Tannehill ready to be a quarterback who can overcome the loss of a potentially key offensive weapon like Keller?  Will we see him develop into that kind of quarterback?

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