Link: Winslow wants more playing time, but knows it is up to the coaches

Kellen Winslow would like more reps with the offense, but he knows it is up to the coaches to call his number rather than to lobby for playing time, according to the Star-Ledger.

“That’s not my fight,” he said.

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But it’s up to Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg to play him, Winslow said.

“That’s not my place on the team to go” lobby for more plays, Winslow said. “My job is to make plays. When my number is called, I make plays. And when it’s not I try and help other guys and that’s all I can do.”

“Some things you just can’t control and I don’t know what to say.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

This is likely Winslow’s last year in the league. It might be that he’s one of the two most historically successful pass catchers on this team, but incorporating Kellen Winslow into this offense for 45+ plays a game is not going to happen. Winslow is at the end of his career as a pass-catcher and he’s never been a run-blocker … so the opportunities to utilize him are limited.

Credit to Winslow for knowing to say the right things. So far, the players have circled the wagons; no one has publicly said anything that outright questions the coaching staff. Even so, we have to imagine that there will be lots of attempts to get players to say controversial things about the coaching staff, the third-stringer David Garrard, and so on.