TE Kellen Winslow Jr, Free agent
HT: 6-4, WT: 250, Born: 7-21-1983, College: Miami, Drafted: Round 1, Pick 6
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2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Kellen Winslow has become Geno Smith’s trusted security blanket. Winslow is a savvy veteran that can find soft spots in zone coverage. Before halftime, Winslow secured back-to-back catches that resulted in Geno Smith’s first career touchdown pass. On a 2nd-and-16 play from Tampa Bay’s 32-yard line, Winslow ran a seam route and secured a 26-yard gain. Smith went right back to Winslow on the next play for the touchdown. Winslow ran a simple option route and settled in the front of the end-zone before securing the touchdown pass. Later in the game, Winslow’s 25-yard catch helped set-up the game winning field goal. Once again, Winslow found a soft spot in Tampa Bay’s zone coverage and secured the catch. Winslow consistently won match-ups against linebackers in man coverage and found soft spots in zone coverage. Tampa Bay clearly did not respect him and he took advantage of this match-up.
Week 2 - Wet field conditions, coupled with Smith’s inconsistent play, led to a very pedestrian showing from Kellen Winslow. Winslow, who was the waiver darling of many fantasy leagues, was hampered by the wet field and had difficulty making cuts. Winslow was nothing more than a simple check down option in the passing game. Given his age and injury history, Winslow does not offer much after the catch. Winslow looked pretty good as a blocker as he set the edges for several runs.
Week 4 - Winslow collected five of his six receptions during the second half when Tennessee carried a 17+ point lead. Still, Winslow was very active after last week’s disappointing showing. Tennessee eased its man coverage during the second half which allowed Winslow to find soft spots in zone coverage. Winslow received the most targets among New York pass catchers and reassumed his role of Smith’s safety blanket over the middle of the field. Winslow secured two catches on the Jets lone touchdown drive. Winslow had a long play of 25 yards where he ran a deep seam route and found space between the linebackers and safeties. Winslow is Smith’s top receiving option when he needs to move the chains late in the game.
Week 5 - Winslow only received one target, but made it count. On 3rd-and-1 play from Atlanta’s 1-yard line, Smith rolled out of the pocket and threw a ‘tear drop’ pass over the linebacker into Kellen Winslow’s arms in the back of the end zone. Winslow toe tapped in the back of the end zone to secure the touchdown.
Week 11 - Kellen Winslow returned from his suspension, but secured just one catch for 17 yards. Midway through the third quarter, Winslow ran an intermediate crossing route and secured a 17-yard gain. It’s worth noting that Jeff Cumberland started the game and received the majority of snaps at tight end.
Week 12 - Kellen Winslow’s snap count was limited and he only appeared during the fourth quarter. Three of Winslow’s five targets were not catchable, but Winslow was able to generate two big plays on his catchable targets. On a 1st-and-10 play from midfield, Winslow ran a seam route, got behind the linebacker and secured a 15-yard gain. During his team’s next drive, Winslow caught a quick swing pass and ran into the open field for a 19-yard gain.
Week 13 - Once again, Kellen Winslow’s snap count was limited. Winslow caught a 12-yard pass in the first quarter, but was not used again until garbage time in the fourth quarter. Winslow added two more catches for 14 yards during the fourth quarter. Winslow has not played more than 20 snaps since returning from his suspension for performance enhancing drugs. After the game, Winslow publicly voiced his displeasure with his lack of playing time.
Week 14 - After publicly voicing his displeasure with his role in the offense, New York made an effort to get Kellen Winslow going early in the game. Geno Smith overthrew Winslow on his first two targets, but Winslow caught a pass deep down the seam for a 30-yard gain on his third target. Winslow ran free into the open field and even attempted to hurdle Charles Woodson. Two drives later, Smith came back to Winslow on a 3rd-and-7 play. Smith threw a back shoulder fade and Winslow secured the catch for a 15-yard gain. Winslow caught his third and final pass early in the third quarter. Winslow ran a crossing route and secured a 16-yard gain. Given New York’s double digit fourth quarter lead, Winslow was not targeted.
Week 15 - After receiving six target last week, Winslow was relegated to a secondary role. Late in the fourth quarter, Kellen Winslow ran a slant route and hauled in a 12-yard gain.
Week 16 - Kellen Winslow spent the majority of the week talking trash to his former teammates. Winslow was flagged for holding on the first offensive play of the game, which negated a 30-yard catch and run for Bilal Powell. Winslow was able to brush off this mistake and made several big plays in the middle of the field. Midway through the first quarter, Winslow ran a seam route and Geno Smith dropped in a beautiful over-the-shoulder throw for a 16-yard gain. Right before halftime, Smith found Winslow once again wide open down the seam for an 11-yard gain. Winslow had an opportunity to score, but was wrestled down at the 3-yard line. This play led a Nick Folk field goal.
Week 17 - Late in the third quarter, Kellen Winslow ran a deep post route, broke two tackles and ran into the open field for a 34-yard gain. Winslow finished the season with 30 catches for 354 yards and two touchdowns.