Kellen Winslow has been an outspoken player throughout his NFL career, but on Monday night he made his point by keeping his mouth shut. Even though the New York Jets had just defeated the Falcons 30-28 on the road, Winslow reportedly wasn't in the best mood in the locker room.
According to Matt Winkeljohn of ESPNNewYork.com, quarterback Geno Smith said Winslow was showing signs of frustration on the sideline, but the tight end opted to stay quiet when reporters asked him to respond to Smith's comments: “I don't think that would be a good choice."
Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com shared a possible reason for Winslow's frustration:
Winslow only had one catch for one yard on Monday, but at least it was a touchdown. Apparently the veteran doesn't like losing out on opportunities to fourth-year tight end Jeff Cumberland, who had a season-best 79 yards on three catches, including a touchdown. Still, Winslow has more than double the catches (17) of Cumberland (seven) and three times more targets (24 to eight) this season.
While Winslow might have been upset with his role Monday, Cumberland wasn't. On Tuesday, he tweeted out a picture of him doing the "Dirty Bird" dance to celebrate his score:
Winslow has never been one to hide his feelings, as displayed by this classic outburst he had with reporters following a game at the University of Miami:
The 30-year-old veteran signed a one-year deal with Jets following an unremarkable one-game, one-catch stint with the Patriots in 2012. He's trying to recapture the form that made him one of the NFL's elite tight ends for the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2006 to 2011, when he averaged 72 catches, 798 yards and four touchdowns.
The Jets are 3-2 and have been a fairly surprising team thus far in 2013. Apparently, that's not enough to keep Winslow happy.