Kellen Winslow Jr. doesn't blame new Jets GM John Idzik for treatment in Seattle
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Kellen Winslow Jr. has moved on from his time in Seattle.
But the Jets' newest tight end hasn't forgotten how he was treated on the West Coast.
"I don't know what happened in Seattle," the former Pro Bowler said of his brief tenure with the Seahawks. "That was on Pete [Carroll, the coach]. But I'm here now and this is a great opportunity for me."
Winslow, selected by the Browns with the sixth overall pick in 2004, was traded from the Buccaneers to the Seahawks in May 2012. At the time, he thought he had found a home in Seattle. But four months later, he was released after declining to take a pay cut.
"What happened in Seattle, I couldn't control that," he said. "They cut me after training camp. And they cut me over money. So they put me in a bad situation. I've never been put in that situation . . . It's just frustrating what happened.
"You just don't do a vet like that," added Winslow, whose once-promising career was derailed by a 2004 motorcycle accident, a subsequent staph infection, microfracture knee surgery and three losing seasons with the Bucs from 2009-11.
The tight end, who signed with the Jets in June after a three-day tryout, said he has no hard feelings toward Jets general manager John Idzik, who was the Seahawks' vice president of football administration when Winslow was with the team.
"John gave me a chance to come here and do my thing," said Winslow, who reiterated his goal of making 100 catches this season. "So much props to John, and he knows what I can do and I'm going to do it for him."
Winslow signed with New England last September, but after playing in one game, he said he asked to be released. He insisted he left the team not because of the health of his knee -- he sat out half of practice Thursday to rest his knees -- but because he didn't have enough time to learn the playbook.
"It wasn't worth being there, sitting,'' he said, "because I know what I can do."
CB Dee Milliner (shoulder) was used on 10 team plays during the tail end of practice. "I like what I saw from him, the little bit today," Rex Ryan said . . . After a shaky practice Wednesday, Mark Sanchez completed 10 of 16 passes with two touchdowns and an interception on a "got-to-have-it" heave downfield. Rookie Geno Smith finished 5-for-10 (including a 50-yard pass to Ryan Spadola) with two sacks . . . Ryan thought Chris Ivory (hamstring) would've been "progressing a little bit better" by now, but the running back, who again sat out practice, hasn't participated in team drills yet . . . DL Sheldon Richardson (root canal) sat out, adding later that on a scale of 1-10, the pain was an "8" . . . S Rontez Miles (hip) is off the PUP list and practiced for the first time . . . WRs Titus Ryan, Marcus Davis and Jordan White did not practice . . . Former special-teams coach and current ESPN analyst Mike Westhoff watched practice from the sideline.