Monday, November 18, 2013
Kellen Winslow: Happy 'feeding my family'
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- One week after claiming he was "weeded out" of the offensive plan in the game prior to his suspension, tight end Kellen Winslow insisted Monday he wasn't bothered by his lack of playing time Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Winslow, returning from a four-game PED suspension, played a season-low 19 percent of the snaps in the New York Jets' 37-14 loss. He was on the field for only 11 plays, catching the only ball thrown to him. Before the suspension, Winslow was the team's leading receiver, so the drop-off in playing time was conspicuous.
This time, Winslow wasn't about to make any remarks that could be interpreted as controversial.
"I'm in the league and I'm happy, man," he said. "I'm feeding my family and I'm good."
Winslow said he wasn't surprised because he was told last week by coordinator Marty Mornhinweg that he'd play only 12 to 15 snaps. Clearly, his role has been altered. Through the first four games, he was used more than Jeff Cumberland even though Cumberland is listed as the starter. Things changed when the suspension came down. Winslow told ESPN.com last week that the coaches, aware of the looming suspension, slashed his role for the Atlanta game.
On Sunday, Winslow once again was a bit player. Cumberland got the bulk of the work (47 snaps) and finished with three catches for 25 yards, including a touchdown.
"I'm good, man," Winslow said. "Whatever my role is to help the team, that's what I'm doing."