Kellen Winslow Would be a Great Move for the New York Jets

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December 11, 2011; Jacksonville FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow (82) catches the ball as Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Chris Prosinski (42) defends during the first half at Jacksonville EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Note: Some of this will be a reprint/paraphrase of a previous post I have written on this topic during the 2012 season.

As this offseason is moving along, the Jets are finally bringing in some “named” veterans to try and improve the basically anemic offense of years past. As reported yesterday, the Jets are bringing 5 players into minicamp for tryouts, with 3 of them as veterans.

As veterans go, sorry, one is not Braylon Edwards.  However, two of them are offensive veterans.  One is Mike Sims-Walker, another is a guy I have been a fan of for a long time, and frankly, I am thrilled that the Jets are bringing him in.

That guy is Kellen Winslow, Jr, and he would be a great move for the New York Jets.

We have talked about it for months, and  it’s been discussed at length.  The Jets have weapons on the outside with potential, but not a lot of weapons that Mark Sanchez can count on. He needs proven, reliable weapons at his disposal.

In walks Kellen Winslow, Jr, and at just the right time. Winslow is a proven commodity and can get the job done.

Here is some video from his time in Tampa Bay:

He is fast, has great hands. He is clearly an effective offensive weapon.

Winslow might not be Jimmy Graham height, but he still is a big target at 6’4″, which is a threat to any defense, especially in the redzone. He is still in his prime at 29 years old.

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  • YardJet

    He won’t make the team because I don’t think he’s much as a run blocker

    • TheJetPress

      See I think he could make the squad. Keller wasn’t a great run blocker either.

      • Paul Newbold

        The reason Keller is a Dolphin…TE have to be able to block in this league!!

        • TheJetPress

          very true.

  • Joe Willie

    The guy is a human Ace bandage

    • TheJetPress

      a little rough there I think but I get your point.

    • Steven Windeler

      Seems to me he’s been milking that knee injury to keep from working too hard in practice. He’s been on the injury report every week, but always shows up on game day. We’ll see if his attitude has improved after a year sabbatical. He has a one year old baby too. That tends to change people. I guess we’ll see what kind of $ we’re talking about too. For a one year show me contract then sign me up.

      • TheJetPress

        That’s how I feel Steven. He shouldn’t cost too much, let’s see what he can do.

  • Korwil

    I have heard a lot of things about injury with Kellen Winslow but it doesn’t seem like he’s been hurt since early in his career. I was wondering if you knew of any major injuries he might have suffered following 2007?

    I honestly think if he’s healthy and 100% that he’ll be a lock to make this team. He is very athletic and a threat as a receiving TE. If Hayden is making the strides we keep hearing about then Cumberland, Winslow, and Smith would make a nice competition and they’d all be good enough receiving threats. I honestly think Cumberland is a little underrated considering he’s only entering his 4th year and in one year he suffered an Achilles injury that made him miss most of the season. People have to remember that Cumby was an UDFA and not a top-tier draft pick, and last year was his first year being the premiere TE.

    Nice Article.. let’s hope he can make the team and be a receiving threat.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks Korwil,
      2008 he had a staff infection while with the Browns, and then picked a fight with gm phil savage. The end of his time with the Bucs came with tension as well, as he says he was told not to attend workouts and OTAs during the offseason they were shopping him.
      That could be the problem, that maybe his a bit of a heacase., but the fact is he can play football. That’s all I need to know when I don’t have a title in my lifetime.

      • Korwil

        Yeah I have heard about him being a headcase as well but hopefully he has matured since then. Right now we should get as much talent around the QB position as possible so I’m all for giving the guy a chance.

        Sometimes it only takes a year or two of not being pampered for a guy to realize that this might be his last chance.

        • TheJetPress

          I agree. There is no reason, if he’s healthy, not to give him a contract and let him have a shot.

  • Bennny K

    That’s a petty nice Josh Freeman highlight clip, I meant Winslow clip.

    Winslow would be a great signing, he could help Geno in his rookie year and Mentor Cumby and Smith.

    Win win, as long as he is healthy.

    • TheJetPress

      Agreed Benny. I love Winslow and think he would be terrific.

  • Paul Newbold

    Are we back to hiring the walking wounded? Winslow’s knee is a huge problem!! Its been highly suspect for quite some time….there is a reason no one has signed him! League mininum..might be worth the risk!

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