By Levan Reid, WBZ-TV

Newly acquired tight end Kellen Winslow will be active for tonight’s game against the Ravens. Winslow was brought in to replace Aaron Hernandez. Kellen has only practiced two days with the team but head coach Bill Belichick apparently likes what he sees.

“He’s a pretty experienced guy. He’s smart, he’s [played] a lot of football,” Belichick said this week. “We’ll see how it goes, but I think there’s a chance that he could help us.”

This is a huge cram session for Winslow, but in a situation like this, it’s better for the player to learn the game plan, instead of the playbook.

“There may be things in the playbook that you need to go over and all that, but they may not apply to this game, so how much time do you want to spend on those?” Belichick said. “Even though they are important, fundamental and building blocks, but it’s not something that’s really going to be used in this particular game, then it’s maybe something you want to catch up on later on.  So we try to prioritize what the person needs as a foundation, and what the person needs to go out and be able to play in the game in the role that we would ask him to play in. Next week, we’d probably go back and add in some other things, and whatever the new game-plan is make sure we cover that, and accumulate it that way rather than try to teach the entire book in one sitting.”

Winslow, 29, caught 75 passes for 730 yards and five touchdowns for the Buccaneers last season.

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