The New York Jets extended Winslow Jr. a three-day invitation to their minicamp. The invitation is an impromptu tryout for the 29-year old, a chance to make an impactful signing for the franchise.
Winslow played in only one game last year for the New England Patriots, eventually asking to be released from the team. The injury prone tight end has more of an opportunity on a Jets team that doesn't sport the likes of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Winslow believes he was stymied from sporting his athletic skills in New England, a problem that might not be as apparent in New York.
"My job is just to make plays and however it works out, that's how it works out, offered Winslow Jr. "I'm a playmaker and my job is just to make plays. I'm just trying to make the team."
That will be the biggest step for Winslow Jr.; making the team. It'll be interesting to see what the Jets decide to do so let's take a look at the pros and cons of signing him.
He has proven over the majority of his career that he is more than a serviceable tight end. During the seasons in which he played more than eight games, Winslow Jr. averaged 72 catches, more than 790 yards, and nearly four touchdowns. Winslow Jr. ranks in the top 10 among tight ends during that time period, from 2006-2011. That production, coupled with the fact that the majority of those offenses ranked in the bottom 10 of the league, is truly impressive.
Winslow Jr. would be able to provide some star power to an offense that is sorely lacking any big time names behind Santonio Holmes. He seems, temporarily, to be devoid of any ego, giving credit to the Jets coach and willing to work hard at a new offense. "It'll take some time, but I'm used to the West Coast offense and it shouldn't take me too long," said Winslow regarding the Jets offense.
Winslow Jr. would go on to praise head coach Rex Ryan.
"He's an awesome coach, man," noted Winslow Jr. "One of the best defensive coaches in the league."
Brownie points don't hurt your chances of making the team.
Well, we can start out with the fact that he compared himself to a soldier during a game against the Tennessee Volunteers , which didn't endear him to fans, coaches or teammates.
Winslow Jr. also had the issue with staph infection during his tenure with the Cleveland Browns. He had the infection twice and went on a rant to the media that led the Browns to suspend him for one game.
The biggest issue with Winslow Jr. has been his relationship with management dealing with injuries. On top of the staph infection ordeal, he was widely believed to have few friends in the medical department due to his poor attitude during his recovery from a motorcycle accident he suffered in his rookie season.
If Winslow Jr. can avoid the immaturity he displayed in Cleveland, the Jets would be wise to sign the veteran to a cheap contract.