Winslow expects to be a productive part of the Jets offense in 2013

Speaking from Jets West, the Jets potential starter at the TE position Kellen Winslow told the Daily News that he’s looking to get back to his productive ways after a year where he was barely able to contribute with any team in 2012.

“I averaged around 72 (catches per season over my career),” Winslow said on Friday. “My job is to just make plays. When it comes my way, just make the play. I can exceed that. My goal is always to catch 100 balls. Haven’t done it yet, but that’s my goal. I want to come close.”

The Jets signed Winslow, who has 438 career receptions, including 75 in his last full season (2011), after his three-day tryout at minicamp last month. Winslow, who will turn 30 in a couple weeks, only had one reception last season before the Patriots released him. Rex Ryan praised Winslow’s skillset during minicamp, but the biggest question centers on the veteran’s ability to stay healthy. Winslow has been plagued by troublesome knees in the past few years.

It’s the likely the Jets will manage his workload when training camp begins in a couple weeks.

“I’m sure they have a plan for me,” said Winslow, who warmed up and cooled down at Mark Sanchez’s annual Jets West passing camp by biking a few laps around the track. “I’ll be in shape. They’ll take care of me.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

There’s some promising players at the tight end spot, but we’d have to imagine that the Jets feel more confident with the addition of Winslow than without him.  Winslow was of course an upside signing, but we’d have to guess that with a largely inexperienced tight end group, the Jets will do their best to preserve Winslow’s as much as possible during training camp.  Coaxing more passing production out of the tight end spot seems to have become a focus area during the Jets switch to the Marty Morhinweg offense under John Idzik’s general managership.