New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow could be a Comeback Player of the Year candidate

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With more performances like today, Kellen Winslow will become a magnet for muff.

Jets tight end Kellen Winslow flourished in New York’s 18-17 victory Sunday over the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Signed to a one-year contract in June, the 30-year-old Winslow finished with seven catches for 79 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay’s solid secondary.

Expected to be a gimpy bastard unable to spread the field, the 6-foot-4, 240 pound Winslow publicly stated his goal of amassing 100 receptions this season.

Although Aaron Hernandez will succeed Michael Bloomberg as Gotham’s mayor before Winslow snags 100 pigskins, the former Hurricane is a major upgrade from Jeff Cumberland.

With a dearth of playmakers, the Jets can rely on the 2007 Pro Bowler to produce as a possession receiver.

Plus, considering Geno Smith’s inexperience, Winslow will serve as an ideal insurance policy for New York’s young signal-caller.

Rather than focusing on unexceptional receivers Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill and Santonio Holmes, head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg should frequently target Winslow on intermediate routes.

Employed with a beleaguered franchise off Exit 16W, Winslow has a chance to perform handsomely this autumn in the ugly swamps of Jersey.

Provided the hobbled and dimmed star continues producing like he did today, Kellen Winslow could even earn some NFL Comeback Player of the Year votes.

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