New York Jets TE Kellen Winslow impressed in a tryout in minicamp, leading to a one-year contract. However, an opposing personnel executive is not sold Winslow can be 100 percent effective anymore. “I think it’s a lot like (former QB David Garrard). He’ll be fine in a workout, moving and running, but taking a hit, the grind of training camp and a full, 16-game season will be the litmus test,” the executive said. “I’d watch him closely to see if they manage his reps and practice time.”
Stephen Burton is entering his 3rd NFL season after the Vikings selected him with a 7th-round choice in 2011, Burton has long been an afterthought in the Vikings wide receiver competition, often times assumed to be either a practice squad player or bottom of the depth chart body. But this offseason Burton is on a mission to prove he can be a contributor for the Vikings during the regular season. On Monday Burton made a pair of highlight-reel catches, coming across the middle to make a leaping grab in front of the safety early in practice and then running underneath a monster heave from Christian Ponder down the right sideline for a long reception late in practice.
Alex Green started and finished OTAs as the Packers’ No. 1 running back. May and June depth-chart decisions are often made on experience. While we wouldn’t completely give up hope of Green developing into a plus NFL contributor, there’s little doubt he’s a long shot to open the season as Green Bay’s starter. Green remains in the mix of a five-way competition that also includes Eddie Lacy, DuJuan Harris, Johnathan Franklin, and James Starks.
Manu Ginobili responded brilliantly to a surprise start in Game 5, scoring a season-high 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting, with 10 assists and one steal. Ginobili set the tone with with a vintage flurry of points and assists to start the game, quickly justifying Gregg Popovich’s decision to match Miami’s small lineup. He entered Game 5 averaging 7.5 points in the Finals, talking about retirement, and being relentlessly questioned in the national media, but he left to adoring chants of “Ma-nu, Ma-nu,” with his team one win away from another NBA championship.
The Denver Broncos could start RB Ronnie Hillman for Week 1, but he is expected to eventually give way to rookie RB Montee Ball, perhaps by the end of September. Veteran RB Knowshon Moreno likely will be used often, as he is the best pass-protecting running back on the team. Ball still figures to have the most fantasy value, but Moreno may creep up draft boards as we near the regular season.