Recently Rex Ryan was asked about his rookies and he graded them with an A+. Clearly Rex is a players coach, but come on, A+? If Rex is grading simply on having 5 rookies as starters for the grade, then yes, the Jets probably have the most. I get why Rex doesn’t give the real grade, so let’s assume that he is behind closed doors and giving his grade. I’ll bet it’s a C to C-.
We know all about Geno Smith’s play, we know that Dee Milliner has struggled. Tony Bohanon is a FB and well, as long as he does his blocking job, he’s really not in the spotlight. The shining light has been Sheldon Richardson, but I want to focus on Brian Winters.
The Jets are in pure hell with this position, as Winters replaced long time disappointment Vlad Ducasse (who I believe will be off this team after this season).
Rex says rookie LG Brian Winters’ performance mimics the “up-and-down” nature of the team’s overall play. “I know he’s trying awful hard.”
ProFootballFocus.com ranks Brian Winters as the 72nd best Guard out of 76. For those keeping score, that’s not good. Winters replaced Vlad in after week 4 and has 9 games under his belt. Here are some of his low lights:
Brian has given up 9 QB Sacks, 6 QB Hits, and 13 Hurries.
When lineman struggle, some are bad with either run blocking, or pass blocking, but Winters is equally bad with a -14.4 score for each.
But despite Winters’ rough transition into the starting lineup, at least two of his linemates feel it would be counter-productive to make a change now, especially since such a move would also affect D’Brickashaw Ferguson, the Jets’ best offensive lineman.
“That doesn’t do nothing for us,” Willie Colon told the Daily News. “At the same time it’s bigger than (Winters and) Vlad: it’s Brick. Brick has to work with them; he’s just now trying to build a rapport with Brian. To have that flip-flop at this time doesn’t help anybody.”