Winslow could become official

June, 13, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Kellen Winslow turned his audition into an extended stay -- or at least that's how it might happen. The Jets would like to sign the veteran free agent to a contract, and there's a good chance that will happen soon.

Rex Ryan was coy when asked about it before Thursday's final practice of minicamp.

"I'm not going to discuss that now," he said. "I see exactly what you see. I see that athleticism and his ability to catch the football jumps out at you."

Ryan said Winslow, who hasn't been a full-time player since 2011, still has a "presence" on the field. Based on his three-day tryout, it looks like he'll have a presence in training camp as well.

Odds and Ends: Ryan reiterated what QBs coach David Lee said Wednesday about rookie Geno Smith, acknowledging that Smith is struggling. He expects Smith to take a big leap in training camp. "When he's on, the guy is absolutely terrific," Ryan said. ... CB Kyle Wilson is having his best offseason, according to Ryan. But that doesn't mean he'll replace Darrelle Revis in the starting lineup. Ryan noted that No. 1 pick Dee Milliner was "one of the top corners I've seen come through the draft in a long time." ... It sounds like Ryan, frustrated by all the dropped passes this week, wants to sign a veteran wide receiver. He has a pretty good one on the sideline -- Santonio Holmes, recovering from foot surgery. "We need Santonio Holmes, I don't think there's any doubt about that," Ryan said.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter



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