Despite only catching one pass throughout the entire 2012 NFL season, Kellen Winslow has high expectations for himself entering 2013. The Jets' tight end recently stated that he expects himself to reel in over 100 catches and be a staple in offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast offense.
"My goal is to have 100 catches," said Winslow. "Will I have 100? I don't know. I might have 20. But, that's my goal. I know that at the end of the day, that will help my team win because that's what I do best."
Factoring out the lost season in 2012, Winslow has recorded 438 career receptions, averaging around 72 per season. The tight end was signed after attending a tryout last month. His career best totals came in 2006 when Winslow recorded 82 catches.
The biggest question mark surrounding Winslow is that of his injury troubles. He was released from the New England Patriots after recording just one reception last year and has been plagued by knee problems for years. Despite the recent setbacks, Winslow remains focused on getting back in shape in time for week one.
"I feel good," affirmed Winslow. "I'm getting in football shape. It's going to take some time, but I'm getting there."
The Jets picked up Winslow to round out a thin tight end corps. With longtime Jets' player Dustin Keller taking his talents to Miami, the team needs to fill a big hole on the depth chart. Last year, Jeff Cumberland matured into the starting role and is the favorite to take the majority of the snaps come the regular season.
"I'm just coming in trying to be a piece to the puzzle and make plays for the team," he later added. "I'm lucky to have a job so I'm just happy to be back."
For Winslow to reach his goal, he must play all 16 games during the regular season. Even if he does, the tight end still has an uphill climb. No Jets' tight end has ever recorded more than 70 receptions during the Mark Sanchez era. Keller recorded the most with 65. Winslow admitted that even if he doesn't reach his goal, it is just as important to him to play in every game.
"It means a lot," spoke Winslow. "It means a lot to have to go through what I have to go through and play 16 and finish 16. That's a big deal."