Kellen Winslow, Mike Sims-Walker will try out for Jets
Free agents Kellen Winslow and Mike Sims-Walker will make their return to the NFL with the New York Jets at next week’s minicamp.
A source told NFL.com’s Albert Breer that Winslow has been invited to try out with the Jets when minicamp starts next week. The Jets also noted that wide-receiver Mike Sims-Walker and defensive lineman Leger Douzable have been invited to minicamp as well.
Winslow, a former Pro Bowl tight end, has been hounded by right knee problems, and only played one game for the New England Patriots this past season before asking for his release. Winslow is only 29 and can add some much needed depth to the Jets’ tight end position after they lost Dustin Keller to free agency. If Winslow can stay healthy, he will most likely end up starting for the Jets.
According to The Associated Press, Sims-Walker spent three seasons in Jacksonville before signing with St. Louis. He played four games for the Rams before being released and re-signed by Jacksonville. He played two more games for the Jags before being placed on injured reserve and then released.
Sims-Walker did have a few years of production. In 2009, he got 63 balls for 869 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2010, his receptions and yards dropped off (43 catches for 592 yards), but still managed seven touchdowns.
If Sims-Walker can return to similar form, he can give the Jets decent production to their wide receiving corps. NFL.com reports the Jets’ top four receivers are all hurt: Santonio Holmes (foot), Stephen Hill (knee), Jeremy Curley (heel), and Clyde Gates (hamstring).
The healthy receivers are: Ben Obomanu, Jordan White, Joseph Collins, Zach Rogers, and Thomas Mayo. But don’t feel less of a fan because you don’t know these guys. Neither does Mark Sanchez.
“We’ve come up with some funny nicknames for some of them because you don’t even know their names and they’re just in there,” Sanchez told The New York Post.
Nice, Mark. Real nice.