While Kellen Winslow is a good player, since joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Josh Freeman, Winslow has failed to match the production he achieved in his two best seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
In 2006 and 2007, Winslow recorded 171 receptions, 1,981 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns.
However, in 2009 and 2011 with Tampa Bay, Winslow recorded 152 receptions, 1,647 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
While many factors contribute to a player’s statistics, it does not help that your quarterback threw for the most interceptions in the NFC last season, and has 46 interceptions in the past three seasons.
This season, Winslow will be playing for the Seattle Seahawks; however, there are three factors working against him being successful in 2012.
First factor is that Seattle is not using the tight end as a receiver. In the past two seasons under head coach Pete Carroll, playing receiver has been a low priority for players at the tight-end position. In 2010, main tight end John Carlson recorded only 31 receptions, 318 receiving yards, and a touchdown. In 2011, main tight end Zach Miller recorded just 25 receptions, 233 receiving yards and no touchdowns.
Maybe Seattle plans to change up their game plan this season, but most likely Winslow’s total receiving yards and touchdowns will further plummet in 2012.
A second factor working against Winslow in Seattle is inexperience at the quarterback position. In 2011, his first season as Seattle’s starting quarterback, Tarvaris Jackson completed just 271 passing attempts, had nine games where he had fewer than 20 completions, threw 13 interceptions and a mere 14 touchdowns.
Matt Flynn is also inexperienced as a quarterback, having played the backup role his whole career, and in four seasons with Green Bay passed for 1,015 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions.
A third factor working against Winslow in 2012 is his previous performances against NFC West opponents. In 2010 and 2011 against the San Francisco 49ers, Winslow managed just nine receptions, 88 receiving yards and zero touchdowns. In 2010 against the St. Louis Rams Winslow managed just four receptions, 44 receiving yards and no touchdowns. Finally against the Arizona Cardinals in 2010, Winslow managed just one reception, five receiving yards and no touchdowns.
Tampa Bay feels good about their tight end position by signing Dallas Clark and feeling that they have their tight end of the future in Luke Stocker. Unfortunately, for Winslow, he no longer fit into Tampa Bay’s plans and has been sent to sure failure in Seattle.