Sunday, April 28, 2013

Vladimir Ducasse to compete against Brian Winters for starter job

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Brian Winters has always lived by the motto, “I still have something to prove.”

“Where I’m from, we weren’t spoon-fed, we fed ourselves,” said Winters, a versatile offensive lineman out of Kent State who was selected by the New York Jets in the third round (No. 72 overall) of the 2013 NFL draft. “So I guess I do have a chip on my shoulder.”

Winters, who grew up in the small town of Hudson, Ohio, played tackle in college, but is expected to move over to guard, where he’ll push Vladimir Ducasse for the starting spot on the right side. Veteran free-agent pickup Willie Colon is likely to start at left guard.

“That’s perfectly fine for me,” said Winters, 21, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 320 pounds. “I got thrown in there in the Senior Bowl, and I felt like it was really comfortable for me as the game went on. I feel like I can really excel there.”

Winters said the wait to hear his name called was tough.

“It was a little stressful, but once I got that phone call from New Jersey, I was elated,” he said. “Words can’t describe how happy I was.

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