In 2013 the Jets’ coaches decided to replace Vlad Ducasse with rookie Brian Winters for the Monday night game at Atlanta and Winters, a 3rd draft pick from Kent State, has had a rough time transitioning.
The Jets’ season finale at Miami was his best game according to Pro Football Focus’s with a grade of plus -2.4. One of only two positive ratings all season.
“(2013) was a huge building year for me, It got better toward the end of year, but it’s nowhere near where I want to be. This offseason really has helped me. Having a year under my belt, I can have a little more confidence and swagger.” – Brian Winters
Winters started every game of his college career with Kent State but his transition to guard had him graded one of the lowest by pro football focus,
So what will 2014 bring?
“There were some times when I could have done things differently. That’s just being a rookie and having your growing pains. Next year, I don’t really have an excuse for it.”
Offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg, said of 2014 : (we have) “an opportunity to become one of the better offensive lines in the league.”
Rated by Pro Football Focus 21st in pass blocking and 31st in run blocking that statement would seem to be true.
Winters will be a part of the improvements the Jets’ O-line makes this year. All of their starters are back, with the addition of Breno Giacomini.
Right guard Willie Colon’s age (31), his one year contract and his injury history, Biceps surgery and knee scope have given, now second year pro, Oday Aboushi first team reps.
The JETS also drafted Furman’s Dakota Dozier a guard; but like Winters, Dozier is transitioning from college tackle to NFL guard.
On his playing guard winters states:
“(Inside D- linemen) are just as fast, but they’re bigger,” Winters said, comparing the players he faces at guard to those he faced at tackle. “You’ve just got to be quicker on your feet. They’re right in front of you. It’s not like you have as much time to react.”