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Rookie Lineman Brian Winters Struggles Every Week

Rookie Lineman Brian Winters Struggles Every Week

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).

 

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.”

 

Via SportsDisk

What are the Jets going to do if Brian Winters doesn’t improve?  Draft a guard?  Move on from Winter and Ducasse?  Go to free agency?  We will find out.

  • Dean Barbella

    Love you, Erik. Yet, Raiders fans are the worst. Catch a game in Oakland. It’s like Shawshank Redemption.

    • http://www.jetstwit.com/ Erik Manassy

      Oh I bet they act different when they have the numbers. For the most part, they behaved. :)

  • sb3champs

    Winters never played OG in college. its an all new position and for him to face NFL competition and sometimes hold his own, is a good sign. Too many fans want an all-pro out of the chute. I see it with geno too. Lets let the guys develop and then see what we have! ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY!

    • http://www.jetstwit.com/ Erik Manassy

      You make a very great point. Patience. I usually give my guys 3 years to prove to me they belong. Hill has one more year. :)

      • sb3champs

        Jets fans want all pros the minute they get on our team. It does not work that way. All picks deserve three years to develop. Some guys need even more. Look at RICH GANNON.

        • http://www.jetstwit.com/ Erik Manassy

          Yes, but I think we had some failures recently that have the fans impatient. Vlad Ducasse, and Vernon Golston comes to mind. Fair?

          • sb3champs

            actually while I understand I think its unfair to be overly tough on a kid who is just drafted. All kids deserve the same time to learn. How some are treating GENO is sickening. Winters gets dumped on to. I think they are impatient with NO SUPER BOWLS in a zillion years. To be unfair to a kid trying to learn is a bit much. ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY.

          • http://www.jetstwit.com/ Erik Manassy

            Oh I hear you. When they get nasty, I move on….

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