Update: Oct., 2014 Winters lost to IR. Oday Aboushi replaces, making first NFL start(s).
The New York Jets still have questions at the Guard position.
With Guard Brian Winters getting beat on a simple swim move, in a one on one situation that lead to Geno Smith getting hit as he threw the ball, resulting in an interception, the Jets still have problems at the Guard position.
Winters even drew an unsportsmanlike penalty on a play he wasn’t involved in!
A position that of late has made the Jets the laughing stock of the NFL as Brandon Moore was beat so badly that he was pushed back into a scrambling QB resulting in the infamous “Butt Fumble”.
What are the Jets immediate options; The current starter Brian Winters or an unknown, hometown, Oday Aboushi.
The size of it all:
Weight: 320 pounds
325-pound Bench: 9
40-yard dash: N/A
20-yard shuttle: N/A
Arm Length: 32.75″
Hand Length: 9.75″
Birthday: October 10, 1990
Weight: 308 pounds
225-pound Bench: 17
40-yard dash: 5.45
20-yard shuttle: 4.84
Arm Length: 33 ⅞″
Hand Length: 10 ⅝″
Birthday: June 5, 1991
Winters Vs. Aboushi; what’s the line ?
Winters is a Kent State product.
As a Freshman, Winters started 12 games at right tackle.
Year two, Winters played left tackle for 8 games, then started 4 games at right tackle.
He earned all-conference honors on the third team. Then second-team and first-team honors respectively in his Jr. and Sr. seasons. Winters made a Senior Bowl appearance.
It was at the Senior Bowl where Winters played the guard position.
Winters played up to the challenge and later stated: “I got thrown in (at the guard position) at the Senior Bowl and I feel that was real comfortable for me as days went on, I feel like that’s where I can excel at the next level.”
Aboushi filled in the entire off-season this year while an injured willie colon rehabbed his knee.
Ryan said Aboushi, who did not appear in any games last season, has looked good filling in for Colon.
The New York Jets selected Oday Aboushi with the 141 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. A Staten Island native, played at Xaverian High School as an offensive and defensive lineman.
“He’s a player who plays with a lot of passion. He has some great talent and he’s a fighter. When he comes in, he definitely represents himself and the team. I think he’s done a good job. I think he definitely has an aggressive nature to him. It definitely helps his game and he uses it in his game.” –left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson
Aboushi was a four star prospect by Rivals.
College: Virginia, Aboushi’s first year, appeared in 6 games.
In 2010, he started all 12 games for Virginia, 5 at right tackle, the remainder at left tackle.
Named the ACC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Cavaliers’ win over Richmond.
In 2011, at Virginia Aboushi started all 13 games, named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice.
2012, Aboushi started all 12 games for the Cavaliers at left tackle, He was an invitee to the Senior Bowl, played at guard for the first time.
“He can throw his blocker off balance, he plays relatively well in space and has nice recovery speed. He’s known for his run blocking and ability to create lanes for the runner.”
Aboushi on joining the New York Jets “I don’t think I can put into words how excited I am to be a New York Jet, to be with my hometown team.”
“I’m going to play any position, wherever I’m needed to play, whatever is going to help the team be better and help the line come together as a group.”
Aboushi’s strengths lie at the tackle position by nature but the Jets have been making a guard out of him in preparation and he seems to fit in the position. Can he fill Willie Colon’s spot in 2015?
Aboushi has the physical talents and attributes to make an impact, now. But it remains to be seen if he’ll get his opportunity Monday night with winters hand being injured.
The son of Palestinian parents, he has started on both sides of the line due to his build and determination and dare we say, aggression.
Aboushi has had two years of growth with 2013 and 2014’s training camp and pre season opportunities;
“Improving his foot quickness when facing NFL-caliber rushers during the 2012 season and in his post-season work would aid his cause as a top 75 pick and project him as a sure-fire starter at left tackle.” – NFL.com profile.
It’s almost a you pick’em situation but we’ve seen winters play.