As we approach the 2016 season, we are going to profile the players on the roster. Today we look at Brian Winters.
Name: Brian Winters
Year With Jets: 4th
Projected Role: Presumed favorite in starting right guard position battle
His 2015: Winters was stripped of his starting job when the Jets signed James Carpenter in the offseason to start at left guard. He returned to the starting lineup when Willie Colon was hurt, however, and started ten games at right guard. The results were unspectacular. While Winters might not have been quite as large of a liability as he was in his first two years, he still was a below average starter. He showed some ability to block on the move, but getting a push on guys in front of him was an issue.
2016 will be a success if: Winters wins the starting right guard job and blossoms into a quality starter. Time is up on the class of 2013. The Jets picked four players in the first three rounds. Sheldon Richardson has been a star level player from the second he put foot on an NFL field. The other three guys have shown little to provide optimism and have one last chance to salvage their respective Jets careers. Can Winters become a player? He will have to grow a lot. Given his ability to block on the move and bookend tackles Ryan Clady and Breno Giacomini's experience playing in zone based schemes, one cannot help but wonder whether the Jets will go with more zone blocking in their running plays. It could conceivably help Winters.
Odds of making the roster: Probable (75%-99%)