Berea - It's been nearly two seasons since Kellen Winslow played football.
He says he's more than ready to take to the field and stop talking about it. In his first media interview at training camp, Winslow talked candidly about his comeback and his expectations.
"Whatever I put my mind to I can achieve," Winslow said. "My goals haven't changed.
"Right now, it's all hype," he said. "It's just time to get on the field and do it. I'm sick and tired of talking about it."
Winslow said he doesn't know if he will ever be 100 percent the same as he was before the injuries he suffered on the motorcycle last May.
"With the significance of my injury, it's going to be tough to get back to 100 percent," Winslow said. "I had a lot of stuff to go through. Some days I feel real good and some days not as good."
However, with that being said, Winslow thinks he will be able to perform as well as he has in the past.
"There's no mystery in my mind," he said. "I've watched film of what I've done in the past and I don't feel I can do anything less right now.
"I don't want to sound brash, but even if I'm 90 percent, I think my 90 percent is better than other tight ends out there."
He re-iterated that he just wants to get back on the field and play football.
"I'm tired of hearing what potential I have," he said. "I just want to get out there and do it."
Winslow played just two games in 2004 before breaking his fibula on an onsides kick try against the Cowboys. He has just five receptions for 50 yards in his brief career.
Romeo Crennel envisions the versatility of Winslow as being one of his biggest assets.
"The tight end has always been a big part of this offense," Crennel said. "Kellen has the ability to be a good player. His ability allows you to maybe do more things with him.
"He has excellent hands and with his size he's going to be a matchup problem for teams and we're going to try to use him in that way."
Winslow agrees his versatility will be one of his biggest assets.
"I'm a very versatile receiver," Winslow said. "I did those things at Miami. There was so much talent everybody got the ball. In this system, the tight end has been very successful and I just hope I can do the same."
Winslow said he was married to his childhood sweetheart on June 15 and he's just thankful to be playing again.
"It feels great to be back with my teammates and be back on the field," he
said. "I can't describe the feeling."