Kellen Winslow

Winslow now learning to tone down the hype

Kellen Winslow Jr. told Houston writers on a conference call that he's toned himself down since the start of the season.

"I think I've done a pretty good job about not speaking out, speaking out of anger or frustration as I was in the beginning of the season," he said. "I've learned that anything you say can be twisted around, so you have to watch what you say even if you're just joking around or you don't mean it.

"My teammates know what type of person I am. They know me, they trust me and I get along with everybody on the team."

Winslow eyes end of season

BEREA — Kellen Winslow is waiting to exhale.

One more game, and he can rest his surgically repaired knee. One more game, and he can call his comeback a success.

“I’m looking to get through one season healthy and I’m one game away,” he said Wednesday. “It’s really like my rookie year. I want to get into the offseason and get as healthy as possible.”

Winslow (6-foot-4, 248 pounds) has started all 15 games in his first action since breaking his leg in Week 2 of his rookie year in 2004. He missed the 2005 season after tearing up his knee in a motorcycle accident.

Winslow: Crennel encouraged him

Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. explained the animated exchange with coach Romeo Crennel that was caught on camera.

Though it appeared Crennel was chastising Winslow after a second pass intended for him was intercepted, Winslow said Crennel was pumping him back up.

"It's very inaccurate [that we fought]," said Winslow. "Coach Crennel has my back, and I have his. He was just trying to encourage me. He was saying he's going to need me and just make some plays like you always do.' That's all that was. It wasn't an argument or anything."

Winslow, Cribbs are Pro Bowl caliber

BEREA — Before the season started, Kellen Winslow said that at 90 percent of full strength he’s better than any tight end in the NFL. Fourteen games into the season, Winslow remains confident in his ability, but he now knows he’s not at the top of the list. Winslow was selected as the second alternate on the AFC’s Pro Bowl roster. Kansas City’s Tony Gonzalez and San Diego’s Antonio Gates were selected to the team. Baltimore’s Todd Heap is the first alternate. “Antonio and Tony are well-deserving guys,” Winslow said. “They deserve my respect. I’ll just wait my turn. We’re just focusing on getting a win around here. We have to get a win, and individual stuff will come with it.”

Winslow grinding though final games

It's been a big year for Kellen Winslow. The tight end has managed 76 receptions -- the most by a Browns tight end since Ozzie Newsome matched the team receptions record of 89 in 1984.

In doing so, he has become just the third player in team history to mark a 70-catch season. Meanwhile, his 755 yards are the most by a Browns tight end since Newsome's 1,001 in 1984.

Not bad for a player who, prior to September,

NFL turns attention to Winslow, fines him for late hit

Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was fined $5,000 by the NFL on Friday for his unnecessary roughness penalty against Pittsburgh linebacker James Farrior on Dec. 7.

The fine comes one day after Steelers linebacker Joey Porter was fined $10,000 for calling Winslow a name used as a slur against gay men - remarks that were prompted by Winslow's hit on Farrior.

According to the NFL, Winslow was fined because "specifically, on a pass play, he unnecessarily struck his opponent late."

Porter apologizes, but not to Winslow

Linebacker Joey Porter apologized yesterday to anyone he might have offended over some crude remarks he made Thursday, except for the target of his comments -- Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow.

"I would just like to say it was a poor choice of words in the comment I made toward Winslow," Porter said. "If I offended anybody, I apologize for that."

Porter twice called Winslow a name considered derogatory when used to describe gay men.

"I guess how we used that word freely, me growing up using it, I didn't think nothing of it like that," Porter said. "Like I said, I apologize to anybody I offended on it.

"I didn't mean to offend nobody but Kellen Winslow. Pretty much, that's it about that."

Winslow about Porter: 'Classless act'

Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. called it a "classless act" for Steelers linebacker Joey Porter to call him a derogatory term for a homosexual.

Porter used the term against Winslow twice in reference to his late hit on James Farrior in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' 27-7 victory over the Browns.

"All I can say is he's entitled to his opinion, and he's a great player, and I have great respect for Joey Porter," said Winslow. "If he wants to be a tough guy or whatever, that's fine. But that's a classless act. I see what type of guy he is now and just lost a little respect for him."

Porter uses sexual slur against Winslow

Steelers outside linebacker Joey Porter should expect to hear from the NFL after he referred to Browns tight end Kellen Winslow as a slur that is associated with a person's sexual orientation Thursday night.

The Steelers beat the Browns 27-7 at Heinz Field and afterward Porter was still fuming about a play in which Winslow got called for a personal foul for a late hit on Steelers linebacker James Farrior.

It happened in the fourth quarter.

"It was late, that's what (slur) do," Porter said. "He's soft. He wants to be tough but he's really soft."

Steelers’ Porter ridicules Winslow, Browns - LB on TE: ‘He talks too much and doesn’t do anything. He’s weak, he’s soft’

PITTSBURGH - Steelers linebacker Joey Porter ridiculed the Browns following Pittsburgh’s win Thursday night, calling tight end Kellen Winslow a derogatory name and saying the team is too soft to be a true rival to the Super Bowl champions.

With Willie Parker running for a franchise-record 223 yards, the Steelers outrushed the Browns 303-18 during a 27-7 victory Thursday night that was nearly as one-sided as Pittsburgh’s 41-0 decision in Cleveland last December. The Steelers have won six in a row and 13 of 14 from their AFC North rivals.

“They kicked our rear ends,” Browns receiver Joe Jurevicius said.

Browns' Winslow, Steelers' Porter have words

BEREA, Ohio - The first time the Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers played this season, Joey Porter and Kellen Winslow spent part of pregame yapping at each other.

Wednesday, they were members of the Mutual Admiration Society.

"You recognize a ballplayer when you see a ballplayer," Porter said on a conference call with the local media. "He's a good ballplayer. We talked before the game to get ourselves going. You still respect his game afterward.

"There's no bitterness."

"Ditto," Winslow said. "I love Porter. I love going against guys like that. He's a great player and that makes the game fun."

Should Winslow Make the Pro Bowl?

The question has been asked many times this season: just who is the best tight end in the AFC this season? Obviously, we'd like to believe that Kellen Winslow has the most potential, but the Browns have not been able to get him the football at the most opportune times in the red zone. Only two tight ends are typically voted into the Pro Bowl, and being in contention come December usually has a lot to do with making it and not making it. Let's take a look at the "elite" tight ends in the AFC, and the possible reasons for why they deserve to go to the Pro Bowl or why they do not deserve to go. I'd like to note that what certain players like Tony Gonzalez and Todd Heap do in the next few weeks could change my decision on them, because clutch games while trying to clinch a playoff spot are huge.

Browns' Winslow amuses Chiefs' Gonzalez - KC tight end lets his career stats do the talking, unlike the young, cocky Cleveland player.

Tony Gonzalez used to let himself get worked up when he was called out by yet another young tight end aspiring to be him.

When Cleveland’s Kellen Winslow Jr. recently claimed for himself the title as the best in the business, Gonzalez was more amused than anything else.

But Gonzalez took notice. This week, with the Chiefs preparing for Sunday’s game against Winslow’s Browns in Cleveland, he couldn’t let it pass without comment.

“I respect him as a player,” Gonzalez said. “It’s just funny the way some guys conduct themselves, fall into the trap of trying to get exposure. Really, what counts is what you do on the field. You really don’t have to say too much or you shouldn’t have to say too much.

Winslow says he’s limping to finish line

BEREA A month has passed since Kellen Winslow Jr. headed for Antonio Gates country boasting that, as tight ends go, he’s the greatest show on earth.

“I just did it for fun,” Winslow says now, “for laughs and giggles.”

It’s December. Losing has mellowed the tone coming from Winslow’s locker stall.

“The season wears on you,” he said Thursday. “I haven’t hit the wall or anything, but my body’s tired. My knee’s sore.”

After a Tumultuous Start, Winslow's Finally Reached Stardom

In the spring of 2004, the NFL was ready to label Kellen Winslow its next big star. One year, two games, and two major injuries later, the pendulum had swung so far in the other direction that Winslow was about to be labeled the league's next big bust. Now, in the third year of his career, Winslow is finally getting the chance to show what kind of player he is: the best tight end in the NFL.

The Cleveland Browns had big plans for Winslow when they traded first- and second-round picks to select him with the sixth pick of the 2004 draft. The league had big plans for him, too. Before he ever stepped on the field, Winslow was already appearing in NFL commercials, and his jersey was one of the most profitable items in the NFL's lucrative merchandising department. Winslow seemed preordained to follow his father, also a tight end named Kellen, to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

FBN Browns Winslow

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Jim Brown slowly worked his way around Cleveland's locker room in Atlanta last Sunday, shaking hands and congratulating players on a rare road win for the Browns.

``Good game,'' the Hall of Fame running back told the son of a fellow Hall of Famer.

Brown also marveled at a fourth-quarter catch by Kellen Winslow, who took both the reception and praise in stride.

Winslow cuts through the chatter

Given the choice between memora ble Kellen Winslow Jr. video highlights and Winslow audio, a fair segment of the Browns congregation would keep eyes wide open and ears covered.

This Sunday was for them - a deliverance with no sermon.

The Browns took a ride up in the standings without Winslow elevating himself to the Pro Bowl or Canton or a bronzing on the lakefront some day. Five catches for 90 yards and a silent soundtrack. All in all, a good day.

Browns' Winslow says he has much to prove

CLEVELAND - Kellen Winslow leads the league in receptions by a tight end and ranks third among all receivers.

He has played every game for the Browns and has fought through constant pain in his knee.

He has talked big and backed it up.

One would think Winslow has answered pretty much any question that lingered about his ability to play coming off nearly two missed seasons.

Winslow gets a KO, Gates a W - Browns tight end grabs 11 passes and some respect

San Diego -- In the heavyweight bout between San Diego native Kellen Winslow Jr. and Chargers star Antonio Gates -- as Winslow dubbed the meeting midweek -- Winslow won in a knockout.

The Browns tight end caught a career-high 11 passes for 78 yards, compared to two passes for 22 yards for Gates. The 11 catches were tied for second most in a game in Browns history.

"He did what he said he was going to do," said Browns quarterback Charlie Frye. "He came home and had a great game."

Browns' Winslow brings back glimpse of the past

(Sports Network) - Kellen Winslow Sr. was among the most revered players in San Diego Chargers history, not to mention one of the greatest tight ends the NFL has ever seen. His son appears to be quickly approaching that same legendary status.

Playing for the first time on the field where his father established his Hall of Fame credentials, Kellen Winslow II was the shining star for the Cleveland Browns in Sunday's 32-25 loss to the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The brash 23-year-old hauled in a career-high 11 Charlie Frye passes for 78 yards, backing up the considerable amount of self-promoting he did in the days leading up to his homecoming.

Browns’ Winslow shines in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Kellen Winslow walked out of the visitor’s training room at Qualcomm Stadium Sunday with both knees wrapped and told reporters that he needed to sit down to answer questions.

‘‘I’m messed up,’’ the Cleveland Browns tight end said. ‘‘It was a very physical game, and they (the Chargers) are a tough team. I’m aching and bruised up. That’s football, though.’’

Winslow was public enemy number one among Chargers’ fans because of comments he made last week. Winslow, whose father Kellen Sr. was a Hall of Fame tight end for the Chargers, said that he’s the best tight end in the NFL. The comment was considered to be a show of disrespect for San Diego Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates, who played at Kent State University.

Winslow boasting ‘I am the best’ miffs Gates - Browns TE ‘hasn't played long enough,’ says angry Chargers tight end

SAN DIEGO - Chargers star tight end Antonio Gates doesn’t care much for Kellen Winslow’s boasting, which could make Sunday’s home game with the Cleveland Browns much more interesting.

On Wednesday, Winslow hyped his matchup with Gates as “a heavyweight match. It’s me versus Gates. I want to be the best tight end out there.”

Winslow, whose 40 catches lead all tight ends, mentioned that Kansas City’s Tony Gonzalez is behind him on the receptions list, followed by Gates.

Winslow to visit site of father's exploits

BEREA — It’s inconceivable to think that anyone named Kellen Winslow could be booed Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

Then again, the Winslow in question is Kellen Jr., the son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Sr. The elder Winslow, who played nine years for the Chargers, would never be the target of boos. The same can’t be said for his son, a tight end for the Browns who hopes to eventually join his father in the Hall of Fame.

Kellen Jr. laid the groundwork for rough treatment by Chargers fans when he reaffirmed his belief he’s the best tight end in the NFL. He might get an argument from Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who’s played in two Pro Bowls in his short three-year career.

Browns' Winslow says it's him vs. Chargers' Gates

EREA, Ohio - Fans have heard all the talk that NFL games are never about one player facing another player.

Kellen Winslow seems to disagree. At least he does this week, as the Browns travel to San Diego to play the Chargers.

"I look at it like it's a heavyweight match," Winslow said Wednesday. "It's me vs. Gates."

"Gates" would be Antonio Gates, a former Kent State basketball star who took the NFL world into his palm by trying out for and making the Chargers as an undrafted tight end.

Winslow raves over Davidson

Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., who said earlier in the season that the coaches were holding back the offense, was thrilled with the rebirth under new coordinator Jeff Davidson.

"He did awesome," Winslow said. "Just the whole setup, the play-calling, was awesome, totally different."

Winslow said players were excited to make plays for Davidson and for each other.

Frye, Winslow praise offensive coordinator

CLEVELAND - Giving new offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson all the credit for the Browns' 20-13 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday might be going too far.

But quarterback Charlie Frye and tight end Kellen Winslow knew how much Davidson cared about them. They could see it in his bloodshot eyes.

``He put in a lot of work this week,'' Frye said of the former offensive line coach who was promoted Monday night.

Wary of Winslow Jr.

Finally, Junior is making a name for himself.

Until this season, Kellen Winslow Jr. was known for being the namesake of a Hall of Fame NFL tight end and for squandering his own promising career because of recklessness off the field that resulted in a serious motorcycle accident.

"Now you see what all the expectations were about," Jets linebacker Victor Hobson said of the versatile and talented Browns tight end he'll have to deal with Sunday in Cleveland. "There's no way around that. I'm an outside linebacker and my job is the tight end. They move him around a lot, in regular tight-end setups and in the flex as a wide receiver. He can make it miserable for everybody."

Browns' Winslow is a force

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Browns tight end Kellen Winslow, drafted sixth overall in 2004, broke his leg in Week 2 of his rookie season. Then he sat out all of last season after suffering a career-threatening knee injury, among other injuries, in a motorcycle accident in the spring of 2005.

Undeterred, Winslow, 6-4 and 248 pounds, is back on the football field and living up to his promise. He has 33 receptions (tops among NFL tight ends) for 317 yards and two touchdowns this season, heading into Sunday's game against the Jets.

Winslow on pace for breakout season, but . .

BEREA, Ohio - Kellen Winslow leads all NFL tight ends with 30 catches and is on pace for 96 receptions.

Does Winslow now believe he is being utilized properly in the Browns' offense?

"Sometimes," he said Thursday.

He continued.

"But I got to do what the coaches say," Winslow said. "That's what is in the game plan, and move on."

Kellen Winslow's Brother Dies - Services Are Tuesday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Justin Winslow, the half-brother of Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., will be laid to rest Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo.

Winslow, 23, died last Thursday at the Research Medical Center.

The Kansas City Star reported services began at 10 a.m. at the Watkins Brothers Memorial Chapel, located at 4000 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.

Interment will be at the Forest Hills Cemetery.

The family is requesting donations be made to the YMCA of Greater Kansas City in lieu of flowers, the Star reported.


Winslow get his wish

CLEVELAND - After two weeks of getting raked over the coals by fans, it didn’t take long — the Browns’ offense got booed on Sunday’s first series.

A quick pass to Dennis Northcutt gained nothing. Jason Wright ran up the middle for zip. Trevor Pryce sacked Charlie Frye for a 10-yard loss.

On first down on their next series, Bart Scott and Adalius Thomas suffocated Frye for a big loss. Scott blitzed again on second down, arriving at Wright at the same time as a handoff. Wright somehow got back to he line of scrimmage. A third-and-19 screen pass was good for 2 yards and more boos.

Winslow thinks he's penalized by past

Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. said Monday his taunting penalty against the Ravens was unwarranted.

He said he's an easy target for the officials.

Winslow was flagged 12 yards for taunting linebacker Bart Scott after an 11-yard catch in the first quarter. The Browns later punted.

Browns banking that Frye-Winslow combo will pay dividends soon

BEREA, Ohio — In pro football, it's almost a sacred thing. From Unitas-to-Berry to Montana-to-Rice to Manning-to-Harrison, the communion between quarterback and receiver is a special bond: two men knowing each other's nuances, preferences, how they will react under pressure.

Many times it comes from hours of practice in the cold and the mud. And sometimes it originates in the silliest of places. If
Charlie Frye-to- Kellen Winslow II becomes the NFL's next big hookup, it will have begun at Dave & Buster's.

"In February," Frye laughs, "there ain't much to do in Cleveland."


He’s got a point: Give Winslow the darn ball already

I can guess that the Browns’ coaches were not pleased with tight end Kellen Winslow, who expressed the opinion that they’re pretty stupid because they’re not trying to get the ball in his hands, especially on third down.

Among the populace, no one rushed to defend the coaches. In fact, Winslow is likely to receive a standing ovation Sunday at the Stadium. This nonsense has been going on too long. Thank God somebody in that locker room finally said what they really feel.

The Browns have waited two years for Winslow to produce. He lost his rookie year when he broke his leg in the second game. Last year was lost due to the infamous motorcycle accident.

Winslow airs it out with criticism of coaches

BEREA, Ohio - Romeo Crennel would love to have Kellen Winslow declared more off limits to the media than Area 51, the top-secret U.S Air Force base in the Nevada desert.

The Browns coach knows his talented and impetuous tight end has a lot of good ideas. He just doesn't think Winslow's penchant for going nuclear on certain targets is fit for public consumption.

Crennel is no doubt displeased with Winslow's decision Monday to air grievances over his playing time and the coaching staff's lack of imagination.

Sometimes the truth hurts.

Beyond the accuracy of Winslow's candid critique - "some of the coaches might just be holding us back a little bit" - there is a larger issue being addressed here.

Browns go without Winslow on third

CINCINNATI - Former Browns coach Butch Davis once referred to one of the many injuries his Browns incurred as the ``injury du jour of the week.''

When a team loses it is second-guessed, and the second-guess du jour of this week was the way Kellen Winslow was used in the 34-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

On several third downs, Winslow was on the sidelines while Joshua Cribbs lined up as the team's third receiver.

``Generally in two backs and three wides you take the tight end out,'' coach Romeo Crennel said. ``It's not an extensive package that we have in that. There's a couple plays that we like to run, so if that comes up in a game that's who we put in.''

On at least three occasions Sunday, Winslow was off the field on the key down on offense.

``I do what the coaches say,'' Winslow said. ``That's all I can do. I want to be there on third down. I just... go with the game plan.

Winslow says Browns need an attitude adjustment

BEREA, Ohio - There are three double-digit underdogs in the NFL this weekend.

One of them plays in Cleveland.

It's come to this for the Browns, the team that suddenly can't get things right.

Ten-point underdogs to the Bengals for Cincinnati's home opener in Paul Brown Stadium.

Inept 19-14 losers in the season opener to the New Orleans Saints, a 3-13 team a year ago.

A combined regular-season record of 36-77 since the team returned in 1999. Since 2003, a record of 15-34.

Kellen Winslow pointed out this week that the Bengals used to be "a joke." Who's the joke on now?

Winslow a bright spot on dismal day

CLEVELAND - The blocking was bad. The play calling was worse. The running game, save for Charlie Frye's mad dashes of self-preservation, was nonexistent.

For awhile Sunday it appeared Randy Lerner's English soccer club would outscore his American football team. Aston Villa managed one goal. The Browns were pointless until the third quarter.

It was that kind of ugly for the Browns in a 19-14 season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Fans had plenty of reasons to feel lousy and perhaps only one to be encouraged. The franchise might finally have the dynamic playmaker it has lacked since returning to Cleveland.

Winslow a bright spot on dismal day

CLEVELAND - The blocking was bad. The play calling was worse. The running game, save for Charlie Frye's mad dashes of self preservation, was non-existent.

For awhile Sunday it appeared Randy Lerner's English soccer club would outscore his American football team. Aston Villa managed one goal. The Browns were pointless until the third quarter.

It was that kind of ugly for the Browns in a 19-14 season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Fans had plenty of reasons to feel lousy and perhaps only one to be encouraged. The franchise might finally have the dynamic playmaker it has lacked since returning to Cleveland.

Kellen Winslow was a beast. Appearing in his first regular season game in nearly two years, the Browns' tight end played with a level of intensity and fearlessness seldom witnessed at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Comeback complete for Winslow

CLEVELAND — Browns tight end Kellen Winslow knew exactly what he wanted to do after he caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Charlie Frye in the third quarter.
Winslow sprinted back to the Browns’ bench area and put a bear hug on trainer Marty Lauzon. Lauzon spent many hours helping Winslow rehabilitate from the devastating knee injury he suffered in a motorcycle accident May 1, 2005.
“I was just thanking him for all we’ve been through,” Winslow said. “These past two years have been hard for me. He was there every step of the way. To get back into the end zone, I wanted to give him a big hug and say, ‘Thank you.’ ”
The touchdown was the first by Winslow in a Browns’ uniform. The first-round pick in 2004 missed all but two games of his rookie season with an ankle injury. He suffered internal injuries and severe damage to his right knee in the motorcycle accident.
Winslow looked as good as new in the Browns’ 19-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He caught a team-leading eight passes for 63 yards. He nearly made a one-handed grab of a Frye pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter. Saints safety Roman Harper was penalized for interference on the play, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by Frye.

Edwards, Winslow together at last

BEREA, Ohio — Browns fans have waited for more than a year to see Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow Jr. on the field at the same time in a regular-season game.

The wait will be over Sunday when Edwards and Winslow take the field against the New Orleans Saints.

Injuries have short-circuited the careers of Winslow and Edwards so far.

Winslow has missed the past two seasons because of a broken leg in 2004 and a motorcycle accident last year in which several knee ligaments were torn.

Winslow high on Frye

BEREA - K-2 keeps saying his return from a 30-game abyss will be A-OK.

Coming off Thursday’s preseason finale, tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. suggested fans can quit worrying about QB-1, Charlie Frye.

“People underestimate Charlie,” Winslow said after Frye ran two mini-series in his final preseason tuneup. “He’s gonna be fine. I mean ... he’s gonna be a star in this league.”

10 players who are on the cusp of fantasy stardom - Kellen Winslow

Kellen Winslow Jr., TE, Browns: Vernon Davis is the recently hyped version today of what Winslow was projected to be a couple of years back. While Winslow does not have as much game experience as you would like from a shooting star, he does have a few things going for him.