FOXBORO -- Despite just arriving in Foxboro this week with the team, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said before Friday's final full practice that tight end Kellen Winslow could play a significant role in Sunday's game in Baltimore. Winslow was brought into New England earlier this month for a meeting with the Patriots but no contract was signed. That all changed when Aaron Hernandez went down with a right ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.
"I think we'll see," Belichick said at his Friday press conference. "We'll get a good indication today. We've thrown a lot at him the last couple of days. Today is kind of the day we try to tie it all together, review it and see how comfortable and how well he has retained things and all that. But he's a pretty experienced guy. He's smart. He's had a lot of football. We'll see how it goes but I think there's a chance he could help us."
The 29-year-old Winslow was signed on Tuesday and joined the team on Wednesday in time for practice. He was cut in late August by the Seahawks after reportedly not agreeing to restructure his contract. Winslow was a first round pick of the Browns in 2004. Last year with the Buccaneeers, Winslow caught 75 passes for 763 yards and two touchdowns. He has 23 touchdowns in eight previous seasons in the NFL.