New York Jets Invite Kellen Winslow and Mike Sims-Walker to Minicamp

Matt BarbatoCorrespondent IJune 9, 2013

Sims-Walker wasn't in the NFL in 2012.
Sims-Walker wasn't in the NFL in 2012.

According to Brian Kotloff of Sports Illustrated, the New York Jets have extended invitations to tight end Kellen Winslow and wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker for a tryout at minicamp this week.

Winslow, the sixth overall pick in the 2004 draft, has played nine seasons in the NFL with Cleveland, Tampa Bay and New England. His best season was in 2007 when he caught 82 passes for over 1,100 yards and six scores with the Browns. He caught more than 66 passes in each of his three years with the Buccaneers.

Winslow only played one game with the Patriots last season. He is only 29 years old and should have plenty left in the tank. As long as he is in good shape and can still catch the football, there is no reason why he shouldn't be given a shot in New York.

The Jets only have two tight ends with any sort of NFL experience: Jeff Cumberland and Konrad Reuland. Cumberland had the best season of his four-year career in 2012, catching 29 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns. Reuland has been with the Jets for two years and has caught only 11 balls for 83 yards.

If Winslow makes the team, he likely would become the Jets starting tight end and could be a great steal in free agency if he shows signs of his 2006 to 2011 self. If he can stay healthy, he could be a very nice safety valve for whoever is behind center.

Sims-Walker is an intriguing prospect. After catching 106 passes for over 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in two seasons with Jacksonville, he has fallen off. He has played in only six games since 2011 and was out of the league in 2012.

Other than Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill, there is no certainty on the Jets' receiving core. The Jets have 12 other receivers on the roster, none of them with much NFL experience. Sims-Walker could make the squad as a third or fourth receiver.

If these minicamp invitations say anything about New York's offense, it says that GM John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan are still unsure about the weapons they have assembled. If the Jets have any plans of resurrecting Mark Sanchez's career or getting Geno Smith's career off to a smooth start, Winslow and Sims-Walker could bring some much-needed help to a team desperate for targets