Here are Kellen Winslow Jr’s stats for his career:
|2012||New England Patriots||1||0||1||12||12.0||12||0||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||15||75||763||10.2||37||2||–||–||–||–||–||2||1|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||11||66||730||11.1||41T||5||–||–||–||–||–||1||0|
|2009||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||14||77||884||11.5||42T||5||1||7||7.0||7||0||–||–|
Kellen Winslow’s stats bear out a guy that is a consistent threat. Since 2006, his worst season was 2008, when he still caught 43 passes. He has caught as many as 89 passes in a season, and his average catches per season since 2006 is 72. Kellen Winslow Jr. is a talented receiver, and has been one since 2006.
A player of that caliber also would be a good influence on the players around him. Younger guys like Jeff Cumberland and Konrad Reuland, will benefit from the voice of an experienced tight end in the room.
Earlier in the year, this would have been a move for Winslow as a backup, but now, the starting job is ripe for the taking. If he shows that he has anything left during his tryout, please don’t let him leave.
It would be a mistake.