Florham Park, NJ – Brian Winters gets most of his thrills in the woods, not the football field.
“Nothing better than killing a deer,” said Winters. “The adrenaline rush. You can’t beat it. I’ve never experienced any more than that, your heart rate…way better than football. Anyone will tell you that.”
That attitude has already left an impression on his owner. He is the only player that goes to Woody’s farm to hunt.
“No, no one else is really into it,” said Winters. “I know [Brett] Farve was a big time hunter, but no I haven’t seen really anyone.”
But that doesn’t mean he isn’t making an impact on the field.
Based on reports, Winters will be the starting left guard against Atlanta. He would be replacing embattled fourth year pro, Vladimir Ducasse. Ducasse has shown flashes this season, but has had an uneven performance overall, and struggled last Sunday against the Titans.
While Rex Ryan won’t confirm that Winters will be starting Monday, Winters has been taking the first team reps all week. Certainly an added thrill for a player who was psyched playing in the preseason.
“Yeah it’s crazy,” said Winters. “Coming out of the tunnel, being on an NFL field, ya know it was awesome.”
If he gets the start he will be hunting down linebackers, attacking the second level of the defense to open up holes for Bilal Powell and recently reinstated Mike Goodson. And for a big guy, he know a thing or two about running for daylight.
“We were running from the cops,” explains Winters. “[Oday Aboushi, Storm Klein from Ohio State, and I] played on Team USA coming out of high school and on the fourth of july we went out and bought a whole bunch of fireworks that we weren’t supposed to–you can’t do 4th of july without fireworks–so we went out and set them off in the parking lot.”
Lucky for Winters it was only the campus police, and all three managed to get away. While Klein is still in school, Aboushi and Winters have been reunited with the Jets. But instead of setting off fireworks, they’re heeding the advice of the veterans ahead of them.
“Don’t be too overly aggressive,” Winters says is the best advice he’s received. “I was like that from the beginning and they’ve kind of settled me down, so that’s nice.”
Willie Colon, Nick Mangold, and D’Brickashaw Ferguson have all been very helpful to the two, and Winters admits there is nothing better than playing left guard which is sandwiched between the Pro Bowlers Mangold and Ferguson. We’ll see how good the pair make Winters look on Monday.
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