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Rex Ryan high on Kellen Winslow Jr., not high on Mike Sims-Walker


The New York Jets have brought in two veteran pass-catchers for minicamp tryouts, and one has impressed while the other has basically been a dud. The Jets will sign veteran tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., who briefly spent time with the New England Patriots last season before a mutual agreement was released that resulted in his release, if his knees are healthy enough. That’s a big “if” for Winslow, because he is an effective tight end when healthy, but his knees are so bad at this stage that he is rarely healthy. In fact, his knees were the reason why Winslow asked for his release from the Patriots, and it could end up being a deterrent to the Jets.

However, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has liked what he has seen from Kellen Winslow Jr. in training camp, according to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini. Ryan and Cimini both praised Winslow, who was reportedly very impressive on Tuesday’s session of minicamp and is indeed in-line for a contract offer if he is healthy enough.

Meanwhile, it looks like things continue to digress for Mike Sims-Walker, who did not play last season whilst recovering from a knee injury. The former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver might not find another team soon, and even the Jets are not impressed with Sims-Walker. Ryan said that Sims-Walker failed to “jump out”, and this is incredibly concerning for MSW and the future of his career. The Jets have a putrid situation at wide receiver with Santonio Holmes slow to cover from Lisfranc, Stephen Hill not developing as expected and still struggling with drops, and Jeremy Kerley is left as the Jets best wide receiver right now. If Sims-Walker can’t gain any momentum with the Jets in minicamp, then it’s going to be hard for him to find a gig elsewhere.




Tags: Kellen Winslow Jr. Mike Sims-Walker New York Jets Rex Ryan