Don’t go writing off Kellen Winslow’s career just yet. Oh, and the same goes for Mike Sims-Walker as well.
The offensively needy New York Jets have extended tryouts to the tight end and receiver duo for next weeks minicamps. For Winslow this will be his first time working with an NFL club since his short and uneventful tenure with the Patriots last season. He appeared in one game, a week 3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and had one catch for 12 yards. Winslow eventually asked to be released and his wish granted by the club.
For Sims-Walker this will be his first action with an NFL club since the 2011 season, when appeared in two games for the Jacksonville Jaguars. It wasn’t the best of seasons, as Sims-Walker would only catch one of the six balls thrown his way for 11 yards.
If Winslow’s knee is as healthy as he thinks it is, he should be a shoo-in for the starting job at tight end. The Jets are particularly needy at this position following the departure of Mark Sanchez’s comfort blanket Dustin Keller to the divisional foe Miami Dolphins. They currently have Jeff Cumberland pegged as the starting tight end; which is a serious roster concern, even on a team that’s trying to make Mark Sanchez work.
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It’s pretty simple for Winslow. Prove your healthy, sign and sky-rocket up the depth chart. For Sims-Walker, it’s a bit more of an uphill battle. He didn’t prove much during his short stay in the NFL and his injury concerns might even trump those of Winslow.
The Jets don’t have a lot going for them, but you have to give credit where credit is due. This club is getting creative. Should Winslow’s knee last the tryout, they may have found one of the better players remaining in the bargain bin. And no one will be happier about it than Mark Sanchez. Not sure if that’s a good thing, but it’s something.
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