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Winslow sees some similarities between himself and Hernandez

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The Patriots signed tight end Kellen Winslow after losing tight end Aaron Hernandez to an ankle injury, and Winslow thinks he can be the same kind of weapon in the Patriots’ passing game that Hernandez has been.

You just have to watch tape, but yeah, there’s some similarities there,” Winslow told reporters, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “He’s probably one of the most versatile tight ends in the game, if not the most. He goes all around the field. He can play any position. He’s very versatile in what he does and he’s smart. He’s a very good player.”

Winslow added, however, that he knows he doesn’t yet occupy the same place in the Patriots’ offense that Hernandez does: “But it’s going to take me a while to catch up to where he’s at,” Winslow said.

Still, Winslow believes he should be able to develop a quick rapport with Tom Brady.

“At the end of the day, football is football,” he said. “What they’re doing here, the volume of the playbook is a lot. It’s going to take some time to get used to. It’s verbiage and getting used to the calls and getting used to Tom’s cadence, and knowing not just what I have, but what everybody has, because people switch positions here.”

Although Winslow’s bad knee makes many people question whether he still has anything left, he did catch 75 passes for 763 yards last season. That suggests that he does have something left, and if he does, New England is a place where he should be able to contribute.

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30 Responses to “Winslow sees some similarities between himself and Hernandez”
  1. walker615 says: Sep 20, 2012 1:33 PM

    I take it Hernandez is also a soldier?

  2. rickastleydancemoves says: Sep 20, 2012 1:33 PM

    Uhh, no.

  3. playin2x says: Sep 20, 2012 1:36 PM

    Because your a soldier ..

  4. tunescribe says: Sep 20, 2012 1:39 PM

    Winslow even is all tatted-up like Hernandez. Should be a seamless transition.

  5. tedmurph says: Sep 20, 2012 1:41 PM

    Does this guy understand he was on the street 3 days ago? He’s gonna be back there when Shiancoe and Hernandez get back too. Too bad, all that talent, some guys just never get it. Suprising considering his pedigree.

  6. bleedgreen11 says: Sep 20, 2012 1:42 PM

    I picked him up out of desperation because I have Hernandez. If I can see one or two decent games out of him I will be happy, but do not expect him to put anything near the astronomical numbers Hernandez and Gronk put up.

  7. sj39 says: Sep 20, 2012 1:43 PM

    Yeah, this ought to be good.

  8. steeelfann says: Sep 20, 2012 1:45 PM

    1. Hernandez is also a tight end;
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  9. mymanmccoy says: Sep 20, 2012 1:48 PM

    Yeah, you’re both employed by the nfl, that’s where the similarity ends d’bag. Winslow was never as good as he thought he was and he still isn’t. No humility whatsoever in this guy, even though he barely made it back with a team.

  10. js39 says: Sep 20, 2012 1:51 PM

    Ya they’re both bandaids

  11. benh999 says: Sep 20, 2012 1:54 PM

    He will be cut once Hernandez returns or they realize they can run the offense fine with three wide receivers. Winslow is a stop-gap depth player.

  12. ncsteeler83 says: Sep 20, 2012 1:54 PM

    They both play tight end??!!

  13. rc33 says: Sep 20, 2012 1:55 PM

    Nate Solder would be the closest to being a soldier.

  14. adventistgroup says: Sep 20, 2012 1:55 PM

    I think this is a good move for NE – Winslow has a lot of potential. I dont know why SEA released him like they did. Is his personality that bad?

  15. wamaha says: Sep 20, 2012 2:04 PM

    I see some similarities between myself and Brad Pitt….

    No, wait a minute, No, no I don’t.

  16. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 20, 2012 2:08 PM

    1. Hernandez is also a tight end;
    2. Hernandez also has some cool tattoos;
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  17. meytonpanning says: Sep 20, 2012 2:10 PM

    Perfect coach for Winslow. He’ll do great under Belichick.

  18. ampats says: Sep 20, 2012 2:13 PM

    Hopefully based on his previous stats ( Stats are for losers) Winslow will be a good addition until Hernandez is healthy which I would guess based on the injury is closer to 6-8 weeks . It will be interesting to see what happens with Fells as Shiancoe will come off IR after week #8.

    While Winslow can’t replace Hernandez his 70 + catches per season over his career will be another weapon for Brady.

  19. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 20, 2012 2:20 PM

    “Winslow sees some similarities between himself and Hernandez”……and then he woke up. The guy DOES have potential but he has an attitude problem. Hes the 180 degree opposite of his father who was a blue collar guy and gave 150% everytime he was on the field. His dad didnt act like something was owed to him. Thats always the take Ive had on this kid, hope Im wrong.

  20. liddogg33 says: Sep 20, 2012 2:22 PM

    Did this guy just say what I think he said??? Get something straight Kellen…. You couldnt tie Aaron Hernandez’s shoes!!! And the minute you realize this the better off u will be!!! You should have taken the pay cut and stayed in Seattle!! now by the time you learn the playbook shank or Hernandez will be back and you will be back at home watching the NFL on television telling anyone what a great soldier you are!!!! Haha.. Muck it up son because soon very soon you will only see a Winslow on the back of a video game Jersey!!!!

  21. woefulsoxfan says: Sep 20, 2012 2:29 PM

    they are both male, I guess. and…. ummm… tall. And they both…ummm…. nope. thats it. Is winslow this delusional? can’t wait to see aaron come back, nervous about gronk being on his own against the ravens..

  22. slowclyde86 says: Sep 20, 2012 2:29 PM

    Seattle dropped him because he can longer play. His knees are gone, and he is just another guy on the field. Once that happens, no one wants to put up with the other stuff that the soldier inevitably brings.

  23. jgpike says: Sep 20, 2012 2:30 PM

    Winslow bashers can jump on him all they want, but he is a very good tight end, and probably would have been great were it not for his motorcycle stupidity. I hated him at the “U” when my Browns drafted him. For all the crap he took, he was the hardest worker and gave everything all the time for the team, and contrary to ‘national media’ he was not a whiner. Guy has quite possibly the best hands in the NFL as well.

    I’m rooting for him.

  24. onepointtwentyonejiggawatts says: Sep 20, 2012 2:45 PM

    I guess if you count the fact that they’re both Tight Ends, I guess he’s right.

    But that’s about where the similarities end.

  25. huskersrock1 says: Sep 20, 2012 2:48 PM

    This is truly Winslow’s last chance. If Winslow can’t produce with Brady throwing him the ball in New England’s scheme then he truly is done.

  26. themackstrong says: Sep 20, 2012 2:58 PM

    I wish the Seahawks would have kept Winslow, I follow my team through training camp/preseason and other than he couldn’t practice due to his bad knees at times he didn’t cause any problems. He isn’t the same player as he was when he signed that big contract so I don’t blame my team for cutting him when he wouldn’t restructure. Good luck to him with the Pats.

  27. richndc says: Sep 20, 2012 3:07 PM

    Yeah, they are practically mirror images of each other?!?!?

  28. schulzey22 says: Sep 20, 2012 3:33 PM

    1. Hernandez is also a tight end;
    2. Hernandez also has some cool tattoos;
    3. They both went to school in Fla
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  29. bpfpft says: Sep 20, 2012 3:47 PM

    He doesn’t have to be Hernandez, he has to be himself and provide another option for Brady. If Fells is healthy and he should be ready to go this week for the 1st time this season, Winslow is the 3rd TE option. Fells is an effective blocker so he can take Gronk’s place on the line while Gronk can move around, line up in the backfield, slot and out wide like Hernandez. Certainly isn’t as slippery as Hernandez but he’s got great speed for a big TE. Hopefully it’s only 4 weeks that Hernandez is out.

  30. bpfpft says: Sep 20, 2012 3:51 PM

    huskersrock1:

    His last chance? He has had a very good career thus far, especially when you consider the fact that he’s playing on one knee. He’s a very good NFL player, let’s not muddy the facts.

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