Sunday, December 1, 2013
Winslow perplexed by lack of snaps
By Matt Ehalt
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Since he returned from his four-game suspension, Kellen Winslow has barely seen the field in three games, including the New York Jets' 23-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
The veteran tight end is perplexed as to why he's spending the majority of his time on the sideline.
"I don't know," Winslow said. "When they throw it, I catch it. I don't know."
Winslow caught a 12-yard pass in the first quarter Sunday, and was rarely used again until garbage time in the fourth quarter. He added two catches on the Jets' next-to-last drive, and finished with three catches for 26 yards, hauling in every pass thrown his way.
Entering Sunday, Winslow had not played more than 19 snaps in his two games since returning from a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He played 11 snaps two weeks ago against Buffalo and 19 against Baltimore last week, and it doesn't appear he hit 19 against Miami. Jeff Cumberland has received the majority of the snaps at tight end.
"I don't know how to feel right now. I'm just trying to do the best I can in the situation I'm in," Winslow said. "When the ball is thrown to me I'm going to catch it every time and that's that."
While Winslow did not complain or say he was upset about his lack of playing time, this is the second time the topic has become an issue with him. In the last game he played before his suspension, Oct. 7 against Atlanta, Winslow was frustrated on the sideline, according to quarterback Geno Smith. After returning to the team, Winslow acknowledged he had been frustrated with his decreasing role.
Winslow this season has 23 catches for 246 yards and two touchdowns. He didn't give any indication Sunday he'd be talking to Jets coach Rex Ryan or offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg about his place in the offense. Then again, he likely said all he needed to with his postgame comments.
"That's not my fight. That's not my place on the team to go do that. My job is to just make plays when it comes," Winslow said. "When my number's called I make plays. When it's not I try to help the other guys. That's all I can do. Some things you just can't control. I don't know what to say."