Archive for June, 2013

Kellen Winslow Signs One-Year Contract

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

After the first day of Kellen Winslow’s tryout with the Jets it was obvious the team would offer Winslow a contract if his body held up through the next two days of his tryout and now John Idzik made it official by signing the talented tight end to a one-year contract.

With the Jets being incredibly thin at not only tight end, but also at receiver the team was desperate to add a play-maker to help the quarterbacks and if Winslow can stay healthy this offense just improved as Winslow would be the odds on favorite to win the starting tight end job.

“I see exactly what you see.” Rex Ryan said before Wednesday’s practice. “I see that athleticism and his ability to catch the football jumps out.”

Winslow will enter training camp as the heavy favorite to win the starting role, with Jeff Cumberland, Konrad Reuland and Hayden Smith competiting to make the roster and be the next man up should Winslow’s body let him down.

Winslow shut himself down last season, saying he knew he couldn’t contribute at the level he has been accustomed to. So, he decided to sit out the year and hope for another chance this year, turns out it was a smart decision because he’s found that chance here with the Jets.

Winslow told reporters he still has, “years left,” in him and still expects to be a, “dynamic play-maker,” that’s what he’s been his entire career so he doesn’t expect that to change.

Winslow might not be able to dominate physically as often as he once did, but he gives the Jets a potential offensive weapon the team lacked before bringing him in. If he can stay healthy he could certainly be a huge help to whoever is quarterbacking this team during the season.

Drops on Drops on Drops

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Florham Park, NJ- Rex Ryan was not pleased with the amount of drops the team had during Tuesday’s practice and he expected yesterday’s practice to be much better.

“What wasn’t outstanding was I think the way we caught the football yesterday (Tuesday) and it’s always funny because you have these press conferences after the fact, a day late, you guys saw what I saw. We dropped a ton of balls. It wasn’t just one player, it was several.” Ryan said before yesterday’s practice, “Obviously we will be looking for improvement in that area today.”

Surely Ryan’s frustration level continued to grow yesterday as the drops became even more commonplace, on Tuesday it seemed like everyone had at least a drop, but yesterday it was Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley leading the way with one drop after another. Kerley had a bad day, but it’s easy to dismiss considering he doesn’t usually have issues catching the ball. Hill, still recovering from some minor swelling in his knee, has definitely improved his route running, as he is running much crisper routes, but he’s still struggling with the basics of being a wide receiver like catching the ball.

“I think the biggest thing if you are a receiver, the number one thing you do is catch the football. So, I think we better learn. We got to get that figured out. You catch the football. Whether it’s focus, whether it’s just having your hands in the right spot. The old thing we used to learn around the clock and all that stuff.” Ryan said, “Catch the football, you’re paid to catch the football. We expect it caught. When the ball is there, catch the ball. You know for us, you should be surprised if anybody ever drops a ball, yesterday (Tuesday) I was surprised when we caught it. It was like, ‘Wow, how many of those things are we going to drop today?’” (more…)

Winslow, Sims-Walker Begin Tryouts

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Florham Park, NJ- To say the Jets aren’t stacked with receiver and tight end talent would be a huge understatement and that’s exactly why John Idzik continued his bargain shopping by extending tryout invitations to Mike Sims-Walker and Kellen Winslow.

With Santonio Holmes likely out until some point during training camp, Stephen Hill still working through some minor knee complications, as he tries to make a full recovery on his surgically repaired knee, and Jeremy Kerley as the biggest household name of the remaining receivers the Jets very much needed to upgrade their receiving core. On this team Sims-Walker gives the Jets a veteran presence (only four years, but that’s something on this team) and a solid receiver to add to the mix to give them some depth and flexibility. Rookies Zach Rogers and Joseph Collins have had solid camps, but Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith could certainly use a veteran receiver like Sims-Walker since Kerley has been the only receiver with experience to fully participate during these OTAs.

There’s been a ton of focus on the quarterback battle, obviously, but it’s not easy to judge quarterbacks when they’re working with an entire core of unknown receivers. The Jets hope Sims-Walker can change that, at least a little bit, and finds a way to stick with the team and become a solid target for whichever quarterback wins the starting gig. The receiving unit looks bad right now, but two of the top receivers haven’t been able to fully participate in team drills and while the Jets need a veteran receiver like Sims-Walker for depth purposes and as injury insurance it’s an entirely different situation with the Winslow signing and tight end group. (more…)

June 5th OTA Roundup

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Florham Park, NJ- Today marked the third and final day of voluntary OTAs that the media was able to watch and the last day of media presence until next week’s mini-camps starts.

The receiving core continues to be ravaged by injuries as the top three receivers, Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley all had to sit out of team drills. Kerley and Hill both participated in position drills, but were both held out of team drills with minor injuries as a precaution. Both quarterbacks competing for the starting role continued to show their teammates and coaching staff signs of improvements and third-year cornerback Darrin Walls emerged from today’s practice as the standout player of the day.

“Stephen (Hill) should be back, him and (Clyde) Gates will probably be back next week. Stephen actually had some swelling in his knee so it’s kind of a precaution that we (held him out). You know he dove for a ball, sometimes we talk about taking care of each other, you got to take care of yourself too, no sense doing that.” Rex Ryan said, “So he had some swelling in the knee, we’ll bring him back, and then Clyde Gates had a little hamstring (and) tried to come back, but we’ll bring him along and hopefully get him out there next week and as far as Jeremy (Kerley), Jeremy hasn’t missed anything (but) today he had a little bit of a heel issues so we ended up backing him down. Of course Santonio (Holmes), he’s doing a decent job, but we’ll see how he’s doing for training camp, there’s a possibility maybe he starts out on PUP, I’m not sure but he seems to be doing well here.” (more…)