Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow has high hopes for the 2011 season. Very high.
“I think we can double our numbers next year just [because] things were not clicking [early in the season],” Winslow said, referring to his receiving statistics, according to PewterReport.com. “I think we can double our numbers next year. I really do.”
It’s nice that Winslow is feeling good, but I’m going to go ahead and say the chances of him doubling his numbers are approximately zero. Doubling his 2010 numbers of 66 catches for 730 yards and five touchdowns would mean 132 catches for 1,460 yards and 10 touchdowns. That would be the best receiving season by a tight end in NFL history, and it would mean topping his career highs by 43 catches, 354 yards and five touchdowns. He’s not doing that.
But Winslow is right to be optimistic. The Bucs are a team with a bright future, a young team that just missed the playoffs in 2010 and have a good chance of getting there in 2011.
“We’re already hungry,” Winslow said. “We feel like we were just reaching our potential. It’s going to be real fun, so I definitely think [the fans] will [embrace the Bucs]. It’s definitely going to be a sight to see.”
Even if we won’t actually see a doubling of the 2010 numbers.