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Winslow can’t wait for next season

Posted Jan 6, 2011 by Ira Kaufman

Updated Jan 6, 2011 at 11:57 AM

By IRA KAUFMAN

TAMPA—Kellen Winslow has an encouraging message for Buccaneer fans.

You ain’t seen nothing yet.

Tampa Bay’s veteran tight end isn’t satisfied with his production in 2010, when he caught 66 passes for 730 yards and five touchdowns in his second season with the Buccaneers. After reaching the end zone only once in Tampa Bay’s first 10 games, Winslow caught four touchdown passes in the final six weeks as the Bucs finished 10-6, barely missing out on the final NFC playoff berth.

“I feel like we were just reaching our potential,’’ Winslow said. “It’s real exciting and I think me and (quarterback) Josh Freeman can double our numbers next year, I really do. We got our race to 10 and usually with 10 wins, you definitely get in the playoffs, but we’ve got a tough division. It was not surprising to us because we put the work in and with a coach like Raheem Morris, it’s very easy to follow him. It’s funny how we have so many young guys and we were able to do this. It’s crazy when you think about it.’‘

Uncertainty about a new labor agreement looms over the 2011 season, but Winslow can’t wait to get started.

“Hopefully, something gets done,’’ he said. “It makes you appreciate what you have here. For us, it’s about getting to that next level with the elite teams like the Steelers, Falcons and Ravens. We’re right in the middle, I think, and to get to the elite teams we need to change some things ... and we will.’‘

Winslow saw all eight of Tampa Bay’s home games blacked out this season and he anticipates a lot of excitement at Raymond James Stadium in the fall.

“It’s going to be real fun,’’ he said. “I definitely think our fans will come back. It’s going to be a sight to see next year.’‘

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