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Packers Looking at Kellen Winslow Jr.

Here’s an interesting development. The Green Bay Packers will work out former Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. on Sunday.

Winslow played nine seasons in the NFL with four teams — Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the Jets. He hasn’t played since 2013, when he caught 31 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns with the Jets. The 33-year-old announced he was attempting a comeback earlier this year.

The Packers will be the first team to even give Winslow a tryout since that announcement.

You could look at this development a few different ways.

First, and most likely, the Packers are just doing their due diligence. Just because Winslow is getting a tryout, doesn’t mean he’ll be signed.

However, if the Packers are looking at tight ends, that could also signal a couple other things.

Jared Cook still hasn’t returned from offseason foot surgery. It’s unclear when he will return. It’s possible that won’t be anytime soon and the Packers want an option other than Richard Rodgers.

Additionally, this could be a sign the Packers aren’t happy with their options after Rodgers and Cook. Those options are Kennard Backman, Justin Perillo and Mitchell Henry.

Winslow has had some great receiving seasons. He had more than 700 yards in a season five times in his career, including 82 for 1,106 in 2007.

That was a long time ago in NFL years, of course.

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  1. PF4L August 6, 2016

    When i saw this headline…the 1st thing that popped in my head was that Cook’s “preventive maintenance” surgery didn’t go as well as expected.

    Not real sure why else the Packers would want to look at a 33y/o TE who hasn’t played for 2 years, not to mention was a head case. It’s also very unusual, this time of the year, because it isn’t Teds style.

    You also have to wonder, why other teams didn’t take any serious interest in him after getting released from the Rams, thereby allowing Ted to get Cook on a 1 year, fairly cheap deal.

    As usual regarding Packer player injuries. There is probably more to this injury story than we know about. Would any Packer fan be shocked, if there was more to this injury story than the Packers explanation of simple preventive maintenance? Doubtful.

    1. Phatgzus August 7, 2016

      I have two thoughts on this matter, functionally similar, but temporally differentiated.

      1) For now:
      This screams Vince Young signing all over again. Cook may not be ready to start the season. The Packers may have thought this was a possibility going into the signing (perhaps that’s part of the reason they waited to sign him after his tryout), or his recovery is taking longer than anticipated. Furthermore, Backman/Perillo may not have advanced as well as they had hoped (particularly Backman, who is more of the speedster type the Packers wanted to compliment Rodgers with), even though Perillo was solid in the games he played last season. As much as MM loves utilizing TEs two and even three TEs may not be enough (even though he made due with three last year). Backman’s outlook may be less promising now that a year has passed, and/or perhaps he wants to incorporate more TE sets in hopes of improving the offense, especially on 3rd-down and redzone opps.

      2) This is simply TT performing his due diligence and trying to find another TE who fits the field-stretcher mold, a veteran who once was one of the best in the game, who had character issues but may have finally matured, especially after having won nothing his entire career, and who may be a cheap addition to the roster now (create competition) or later in the season (if the injury bug strikes or Cook fails to deliver in any significant way, for whatever reaso).

      1. Phatgzus August 7, 2016

        reaason*

  2. Andrew Kundinger August 6, 2016

    If they are looking at Winslow, why wouldn’t they also be looking at Owen Daniels, who was actually productive in the Broncos offense…

  3. Jake August 6, 2016

    I think (hope) if there had been some injury red flag with Jared Cook, it would have been leaked by some other team after we signed him. Kellen winslow though, desperate times…

  4. Howard August 6, 2016

    I would guess TT and most of the personnel and medical people will be in Canton watching the game and evaluating their own players and operations on Sunday. Seems like an odd day to have a tryout if all or most of the decision makers are in Canton. I guess the team could hold the workout in Canton? However it would make more sense to perform medical evaluation and tryout at the team facility. It would make more sense to have the tryout Monday after the game if the team was really interested.

  5. Abe Frohman August 8, 2016

    I have serious concerns about the competency in our medical staff. The list is long, but the misdiagnosis of Montgomery is first and foremost in my mind. Now who knows what will or will not happen with Cook?

    I agree the packers are doing their due diligence. But looking at KW2 is not about Perillo, Backman, etc. Those guys play special teams and I don’t see Winslow doing so. This smells more like concerns about Cook.