Jets tight end Kellen Winslow caught exactly one pass last season. He expects a whole lot more than that this year.
Winslow, who has played all 16 games in five different seasons and caught 89, 82, 77, 66 and 75 passes in those five seasons, said he thinks he can go well beyond his average this year for the Jets.
“I averaged around 72,” Winslow told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “My job is to just make plays. When it comes my way, just make the play. I can exceed that. My goal is always to catch 100 balls. Haven’t done it yet, but that’s my goal. I want to come close.”
Winslow, who will turn 30 next week, has had significant injury problems, particularly with his knee. But he said he believes he’s ready for a big season.
“I feel the same like every year,” Winslow said. “Nothing has really changed. It’s all about maintaining and keeping my legs strong. I feel good. This is a great opportunity for me.”
A 100-catch season is an unrealistic expectation, but if Winslow can be more like the player who caught 75 passes in 2011 than the player who caught one pass in 2012, the Jets will be pleased.