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Ryan praises Winslow again, Idzik noncommittal

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The Jets like Kellen Winslow.  It’s unclear whether they like him enough to give him a job.

On Thursday, coach Rex Ryan once again (via quotes distributed by the team) praised Winslow, who has been out of the league since being released after one game in 2012 with the Patriots.

“That athleticism and his ability to catch the football, it certainly jumps out,” Ryan said of Winslow’s performance during the three-day minicamp.  “He’s still a very athletic guy. . . .   [Y]ou certainly feel his presence.”

The guy who signs the players, however, was noncommittal.

“We’ll talk about that,” G.M. John Idzik said regarding the possibility of signing Winslow.  “What’s nice about minicamp environments is you get three days.  Unlike when you bring veterans in, or street guys in for free agent workouts, you may get them out on the field for 45 minutes, an hour.  In minicamps we get three days with them and we’ll get to teach them some things and see how they apply it.  We thought Kellen did a nice job given the fact that you get off a plane, you get into a meeting and a couple hours later you’re out on the field.  I think all things considered, he did a pretty good job.”

A decision is expected on Friday, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

The process likely includes identifying someone who will go, if Winslow gets a roster spot.  The problem is that some of the lower-level tight ends can be counted on to play special teams; Winslow, who turns 30 next month, surely won’t be.

He entered the league in 2004 as the sixth overall pick.  A rocky five-year tenure in Cleveland, marred by a serious knee injury suffered while doing tricks on a motorcycle, ended with a trade to the Buccaneers.  After three seasons, the Bucs traded him to the Seahawks.  In turn, the Seahawks cut him before the start of the regular season.
Winslow then surfaced with the Patriots, but he left after one game — apparently at his request.

One of the factors the Jets will have to consider is whether Winslow’s talent outweighs the possibility that the player, who rarely bites his tongue, will become yet another distraction when placed under the glare of the most intense media spotlight in football.

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25 Responses to “Ryan praises Winslow again, Idzik noncommittal”
  1. flmike says: Jun 14, 2013 7:56 AM

    This is how bad the Jets are, they are trying to sell themselves on one of the most selfish players anywhere. Wanna ruin a young QB, put Win-slow in the huddle, he’s open every play, he’ll tell ya…

  2. grpatriot says: Jun 14, 2013 8:03 AM

    Rex just can’t help himself!

  3. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Jun 14, 2013 8:16 AM

    “He’s still a very athletic guy… [Y]ou certainly feel his presence…and he has sexy feet”

  4. brownspower says: Jun 14, 2013 8:42 AM

    Winslow’s weakness has always been between his ears. He should be an entertaining addition to the circus show in in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  5. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 14, 2013 8:44 AM

    Dat Dat dadda Dat Dat Dat Circus
    dat Dat dadda dat dat dat Jets
    circus
    jets
    circus
    jets
    polka dot
    polka dot
    pollka dot
    Jets suck

  6. granadafan says: Jun 14, 2013 8:48 AM

    Athletic with a ten cent brain who can’t run routes very well.

  7. ebr362 says: Jun 14, 2013 9:00 AM

    He’s perfect for the jests, big mouth, dumb decisions, some talent and injury prone!

  8. jcfinest says: Jun 14, 2013 9:08 AM

    Who doesn’t Ryan praise? Especially when you compare him to Hill who can’t catch.

  9. richerie13 says: Jun 14, 2013 9:17 AM

    This is not going to be another here we go again thing is it.

  10. tooz72 says: Jun 14, 2013 9:22 AM

    Winslow was never good, so typical Rex not knowing what the hell he’s talking about

  11. jahmic says: Jun 14, 2013 9:24 AM

    It’s kinda like the guy who wants to buy the cool sports car, and the wife doesn’t want spoil the mood right away and just begins to put out markers hinting at red flags.

  12. jetsarestacked says: Jun 14, 2013 9:34 AM

    i like this move by the jets if it happens. winslow has put up pretty decent numbers considering he has played with qbs worse than sanchez most of his career.

  13. hidden202 says: Jun 14, 2013 9:54 AM

    People.. How are the Jets still a circus? John Izdik has gotten the jets out of salary cap hell, he has 12 picks for next years draft to fully rebuild

    All I keep reading is how the Jets are a circus when they haven’t done anything this year to even warrant the name

    Also Jets starting TE would be Jeff Cumberland. That’s why they’re looking at a low risk high reward type in Winslow.

  14. jasnite says: Jun 14, 2013 9:59 AM

    Why does Rex keep ruining this team? Kellen Winslow? Really?

  15. westampa says: Jun 14, 2013 10:01 AM

    Nobody else is gonna sign this guy. If the Jets were smart they would sign him after week 1 so his contract isn’t guaranteed. It’s not like Kellen Winslow practices anyways. That being said, I think he still has some gas left in the tank. He would immediately be one of the Jets best pass catching options. Could be nice having a big target for their QBs.

  16. osiris33 says: Jun 14, 2013 10:06 AM

    Winslow can play. Seahawks made a mistake cutting him last year. It cost them some early games and hindered Russell Wilson’s development after he’d developed a rapport with the guy. I say sign him Jets.

  17. acebuccs08 says: Jun 14, 2013 10:07 AM

    Yet he still brings in that selfish mentality, there’s a reason why the buccs traded him. That mind of his won’t help any QB as he’ll just poison the QB to always throw the ball to him. Freeman had so many INT in 2011 and most of them were directed to Winslow.

  18. skoobyfl says: Jun 14, 2013 10:08 AM

    KW put his best foot forward to step up for Rex.

  19. Akula says: Jun 14, 2013 10:08 AM

    I would imagine on that roster he probably does look like an all pro.

  20. knowledge743 says: Jun 14, 2013 10:22 AM

    He’d be the best tight end on roster.. someone that can catch..id sign him.. the jets have no offensive weapons.

  21. pksullivanmha says: Jun 14, 2013 11:16 AM

    Dunderhead!!!!! @footballady52🏈

  22. jprcox says: Jun 14, 2013 11:18 AM

    I was nearly a year ago when we Seahawk fans starting hearing similar things about Winslow. Just wait until the “but” comes….

  23. albundy4tds1game says: Jun 14, 2013 12:08 PM

    As a tampa fan i would to see him week 1 yelling at a rookie qb or butt fumble for the ball

  24. jg725 says: Jun 14, 2013 12:25 PM

    hidden202 says:Jun 14, 2013 9:54 AM

    People.. How are the Jets still a circus? John Izdik has gotten the jets out of salary cap hell, he has 12 picks for next years draft to fully rebuild

    All I keep reading is how the Jets are a circus when they haven’t done anything this year to even warrant the name

    Also Jets starting TE would be Jeff Cumberland. That’s why they’re looking at a low risk high reward type in Winslow.

    Really???? Have you been hibernating??

  25. themackstrong says: Jun 14, 2013 12:59 PM

    I agree with another Seahawk fan that watched Winslow play last year. Seattle made a mistake releasing him and he could have been a weapon for Wilson and showed that in pre-season. His injuries keep him from being able to train all the time. But he is gifted with great hands, athletic ability and size.

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