Brian Winters is preparing for his first start as a linemen with the Jets on Monday Night Football against the Atlanta Falcons and it seems like the Jets took a half-hearted approach the matter in practice this week, according to Kristian Dyer in Metro.
A team source tells Metro that Winters and Ducasse have had “an even split of snaps with the first team offense” in practice this week. As of now, the source said, the Jets plan to give Winters his first NFL start Monday night against the Falcons.
“It felt good to work with those guys [the starters]. I just have to continue to work hard and then it’s out of my hands,” Winters said. “I’ve been thrown in with the ones every once in awhile from camp on and the past couple weeks. It is awesome to get back into the groove of things and be thrown in with them, figuring it out and working with them.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comI’m sorry, but this seems like the Jets want their cake and to eat it too. The team is looking to move on from Ducasse as a starter, but then didn’t give the rookie all the reps in practice this week, when it is clear that Winters could use some more reps. Are the Jets trying to make sure Ducasse is still engaged in case they need to bring him back in? We like Winters as a long-term answer for this team, but he is raw. Winters impressed the team’s scouts and coaches from his work at the Senior Bowl and this spring, but the rookie struggled in the preseason. Still, the question can be raised … well … how much worse will Winters be than whatever we’ve seen from Ducasse over the last two games?