Kellen Winslow must be healthy for N.Y. Jets contract?


The New York Jets are falling for Kellen Winslow.

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Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported Wednesday that the Jets will try to sign the free-agent tight end if he makes it through minicamp minus a setback to his surgically repaired (and, by now, almost bionic) knees.

Winslow is with the Jets on a tryout basis. He hasn't started an NFL game since 2011, but he had a cup of coffee with the New England Patriots last season.

If healthy, Winslow is a palpable upgrade over what the Jets have at that position. So much of what the Jets hope to do requires a pass-catching tight end. Nobody on the roster can replace what Dustin Keller brought to the offense, so adding Winslow to the mix is worth a gamble.

Jets coach Rex Ryan went off on Gang Green's pass-catchers Wednesday morning, roaming into a scathing soliloquy about the group's inability to hold onto the rock.

"What wasn't outstanding was the way we caught the football (on Tuesday)," Ryan told the Daily News. "We dropped a ton of balls. Catch the football. You're an NFL player, catch the football. You're paid to catch the football; we expect it (to be) caught. When the ball is there, catch the ball."

One target of Ryan's ire: Mike Sims-Walker. The former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver struggled during Tuesday's session, compelling Ryan to say, "He never jumped out at me the way Kellen did."

If those pesky knees hold up, welcome to Florham Park, KW2.

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