It looks like the New York Jets will go 1-for-2 on their high-profile tryouts at minicamp this week. Kellen Winslow Jr. has been impressive and will almost certainly end up signing a contract with the Jets. Mike Sims-Walker hasn't impressed at the same level, and his status with the team beyond minicamp is much less certain.
The New York Jets are thin and inexperienced at tight end, but Kellen Winslow Jr. looks like a serviceable answer to their need for a true starter. Brought in this week for a tryout at the team's minicamp, Kellen Winslow Jr. impressed on Tuesday and continued to do so today. Given the lack of receiving depth for the Jets, the prevalence of the tight end in today's NFL and the past production from tight ends under Marty Mornhinweg (Brent Celek), the Jets needed to find a contributor in the passing game at tight end. It looks like Kellen Winslow Jr. will fill that role, along with some help from Jeff Cumberland.
Rex Ryan wasn't quiet about his satisfaction with Kellen Winslow Jr., as reported by Rich Cimini:
"“The one thing that jumps out at you is his skill and athleticism,” Ryan said. "That’s something that jumps out at you, that he still has that and from the very first play that he’s in there, you can still see that.”
The other high-profile veteran the Jets brought in for a tryout is Mike Sims-Walker. A potential option at another trouble area, wide receiver, Mike Sims-Walker hasn't been able to make the same impression. With Santonio Holmes still sidelined, likely into training camp, and Stephen Hill struggling with drops, this could have been a great chance for Mike Sims-Walker to earn a contract. So far it hasn't played out that way.
If the Jets end up hitting on Kellen Winslow Jr. and missing on Mike Sims-Walker, they should be extremely happy. It was a no-risk move to bring the two veterans in and take a look, and Kellen Winslow Jr. should sign for a very reasonable price. At wide receiver, the Jets can still look at other options (Braylon Edwards).