In his first five games this season, the ninth-year tight end played in 60.0% of our offensive snaps, averaging 3.4 receptions/game and 9.9 yards/catch. In our four most recent games, he’s been on the field for just 28.9% of the plays. His 2.3 receptions/game is noticeably lower, but his per-catch average has increased to 15.3 yards/catch over that time.
During Sunday’s game vs. the Oakland Raiders, all three of Winslow’s catches produced first downs.
Speaking to reporters in front of his MetLife Stadium locker after the Jets’ 37-27 win, Winslow wasn’t quite sure if he had been in on an increased number of third-down plays or not against the Raiders.
“I have to watch the tape. Stuff’s flying around. I don’t know what down it is sometimes,” he said, half-jokingly. “But it was good, I think we were above 50 percent on third down, and anytime you can do that you’re going to win the game pretty much.”
The Jets did indeed convert more than half of their third-down attempts, (7 of 13, 54%) and on a day when the defense gave up 27 points to an injury-depleted Raiders offense, moving the chains and keeping drives alive was more important than ever.
“It’s a better mood in the locker room,” Winslow said. “It’s going to be better to go to work now that you win. It’s one win and we have three more to go. We’ll see where we go from there, but it is good. It’s good for us.”