Here’s an interesting take on the guard situation from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:
Rex Ryan has praised Aboushi a couple of times, saying yesterday that he was “impressed with Aboushi a little more in these camps than at any time last year” and that he had “done a pretty decent job out there.” (Dyer, June 11th)
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comIt may seem counter-intuitive to flip Brian Winters over to right guard after he started 12 games at left guard in 2013, but the Jets did a similar thing last year with all their guards getting reps at camp in both spots. Willie Colon started 16 games at right guard despite having played at left guard in the previous season with Pittsburgh and Vladimir Ducasse saw action at both positions in preseason.
When quizzed on this last year, the Jets suggested that this was to ensure they were prepared for any eventuality. That would make sense, especially with Colon currently rehabbing following knee surgery and having a history of missing games through injury. However, with the positive feedback Aboushi has been receiving, maybe there’s a chance he could supplant Winters for a starting role, relegating Winters to a role whereby he can back up both positions.
Both players struggled in preseason last year, with Aboushi working both at left tackle and right tackle. During the regular season, Aboushi was on the active roster all year, but remained inactive for all 16 games. Aboushi did have a knee injury early on in the year and Winters injured his ankle in preseason, perhaps setting each of them back.