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Rex Ryan impressed by Kellen Winslow’s “skill and athleticism”

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Tight end Kellen Winslow went to Jets minicamp this week to try out for a spot on the roster.

That tryout is going well for him. Coach Rex Ryan raved about what he saw from Winslow, who played just one game last season, on the practice field and said that he looked like the player that Ryan used to fret about stopping when he coached the Ravens against Winslow’s Browns teams.

“The one thing that jumps out at you is his skill and athleticism,” Ryan said, via Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com. “That’s something that jumps out at you, that he still has that and from the very first play that he’s in there, you can still see that. … Kellen’s never been a hired killer as a blocker, he tries you know, but as an athlete and a receiver, whoo. Of the two or three grey hairs I have in my head, like two billion of them or whatever, he’s contributed to some of those I can tell you.”

Ryan’s fondness for hyperbole is no secret, so take those comments for what you will but Ryan didn’t extend the same review for the work turned in by wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker during his own tryout. At any rate, it’s no great surprise after seeing Ryan’s comments that Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets will try to sign Winslow as long as his knee injury doesn’t flare up before the end of minicamp.

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16 Responses to “Rex Ryan impressed by Kellen Winslow’s “skill and athleticism””
  1. picksix19 says: Jun 12, 2013 2:47 PM

    He’ll never come close to what his Dad did min his career.

  2. picksix19 says: Jun 12, 2013 2:47 PM

    “in” I meant

  3. danby21 says: Jun 12, 2013 2:57 PM

    Add another clown to the circus.

  4. tjacks7 says: Jun 12, 2013 2:58 PM

    Would be a great fit if you didn’t need knees to play football.

  5. zombiepatriot says: Jun 12, 2013 2:59 PM

    I can also remember Ryan being impressed with Sanchez and nicknaming him Sanchize.

    So, I don’t put much stock in his opinion at least of offensive players. Also, could it be Winslow is impressing because the Jets roster is so devoid of talent?

  6. offthelows says: Jun 12, 2013 3:02 PM

    I don’t think “skill and athleticism” have ever been the issue, it’s been “health and attitude”

  7. 88ibis says: Jun 12, 2013 3:12 PM

    Skill and athleticism have never been his problem.

  8. rahavort says: Jun 12, 2013 3:14 PM

    Haha fatboy must be pissed the Pats got Tebow so now he’s trying to do what in his opinion is “getting back” at Belichick. Hope you got some cotton candy and popcorn Jets fans because the circus is about to continue

  9. homelanddefense says: Jun 12, 2013 3:29 PM

    but can he wheelie?

  10. ceschatz says: Jun 12, 2013 3:51 PM

    …and his pretty feet

  11. rcali says: Jun 12, 2013 3:57 PM

    Sounds like Rex may be thinking SUPER BOWL!

  12. delmonte55 says: Jun 12, 2013 4:04 PM

    Winslow is done.

  13. sundaymorningwood says: Jun 12, 2013 4:19 PM

    …and his motorcycle riding skills

  14. sail105 says: Jun 12, 2013 4:23 PM

    Hey-Super Bowl??? Maybe Woody will give Rex a pair of his tickets or maybe just a plane ticket out of town.

  15. yousuxxors says: Jun 12, 2013 4:28 PM

    skill was never his problem … heart is what he is lacking

  16. ampats says: Jun 12, 2013 4:32 PM

    And there is the difference between Rex and Bill. Rex spends time talking to the press about a player who will never the see the field and Belichick not commenting after 16 questions about Tebow saying “we’ll see how it goes” to 80+ members of the national media.

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