A rival NFL executive says new Jets TE Kellen Winslow's situation is a "lot like (David Garrard's)."
"He'll be fine in a workout, moving and running, but taking a hit, the grind of training camp and a full, 16-game season will be the litmus tests." We agree, of course. Winslow is a shell of his old self, and will likely have trouble practicing on back-to-back days. His (beyond) creaky knees make him far from a lock for a roster spot despite the Jets' dire situation at tight end.
ILB David Harris expects the Jets to blitz more in 2013.
"There should be a different brand of football than you were used to seeing the last couple of years," Harris said. The Jets sent five or more rushers just 34 percent of the time last season, down from 52.4 percent and 44.7 percent, respectively, in their stellar 2009 and 2010 campaigns. Coach Rex Ryan is reasserting his control over the defense after former DC Mike Pettine accepted the same job with Buffalo. Ultimately, the success of the Jets' revamped secondary will determine how much they can get after the quarterback.
Santonio Holmes recently shed light on the details of his 2012 Lisfranc foot fracture, and it was of the most severe variety.
Holmes said the fracture was "grade four" in nature -- the most serious kind -- and included a muscle tear in addition to a joint separation in his mid-foot. Holmes required a followup surgery to remove a plate and screws from the foot in March, but two screws will stay in permanently. Holmes still can't run or cut, and his status for Week 1 is very much in question. ESPN New York's Rich Cimini suspects the Jets may have to add another receiver.
ESPN New York reports RB Mike Goodson's future with the Jets remains "up in the air."
Goodson is facing five charges after his May weapons and drugs arrest. His case is headed to a grand jury, but that process could take a few months. On the practice field, Goodson's explosiveness has reportedly been impressive. If he makes the team, expect him to be the change-of-pace to Chris Ivory.
Jets signed TE Kellen Winslow to a one-year contract.
30 years old next month, Winslow by all accounts impressed at his tryout at Jets minicamp and couldn't have picked a better landing spot for playing-time opportunities. Current starter Jeff Cumberland is a lumbering, stiff upright tight end and No. 2 TE Hayden Smith is a converted rugby player. There's a real chance Winslow will wind up starting for the Jets, although we wouldn't expect much of a fantasy impact. Purely a possession receiver at this point in his career, Winslow appeared in one game in 2012, catching one pass for 12 yards. He is a shell of the seam-stretcher and vertical threat he once was.
Kyle Wilson has been working mostly as the Jets' nickel corner during offseason workouts.
Wilson held his own while taking over for Darrelle Revis last season, but will be challenged by first-round pick Dee Milliner for the No. 2 spot behind Antonio Cromartie. After making 13 starts on the outside in 2012, Wilson is expected to return to slot duties.
Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley were two of ESPN New York's Rich Cimini's three "duds" of minicamp.
Coach Rex Ryan has expressed his discontent with the Jets' receiving corps multiple times throughout OTAs and minicamp, and on Thursday he simply said "it has to get better." The Jets need to add a veteran receiver, especially with all of the uncertainty surrounding Santonio Holmes, but the free-agent market is awfully barren. S Antonio Allen was Cimini's other "dud," while OLB Ricky Sapp, TE Hayden Smith, RB John Griffin, and CB Aaron Berry were the "studs."