Cortland, NY – A lot has been made of the new-look offensive line. Veterans Willie Colon and Stephen Peterman were brought in, and Brian Winters was drafted out of Kent State in the third round.

Colon has all but locked up one spot at guard, but it was Peterman starting on the opposite side Friday in Detroit. That isn’t an indication of Winters’ play, but rather injuries the rookie has had to deal with.

But even on the sideline Winters has had some adjustments to make.

“I thought Cleveland was overwhelming so when I went there [NYC], it’s definitely something else,” said Winters. “I’m kind of a hometown small boy so it’s a lot different moving to the city…or well outside the city. Ya know I come from a small town. It’s a little different. Obviously I have to make the transition, but it’s not too bad.”

Lucky for Winters the Jets hold training camp in Cortland, an area that should make the Ohio native feel right at home. His roommate and 5th round pick, Oday Aboushi, has helped too.

“He and I go way back,” said Winters. “We played together on the USA team. He’s a great player. And we both ended up playing for the same team which is a blessing really. So it’s crazy how things work out.”

The two rookies have helped each other pick up the terminology and technique required of the offense. The veterans on the team have taken notice.

“Brian is doing a good job,” said Nick Mangold. “He wants to learn and he asks all the right questions. That’s a good thing. When you get a guy who comes in and starts asking right field questions, where is your mindset? But he asks little things, and that gets you to understand that he knows the concept of the play, and now wants to get into the smaller things. As long as he continues with that he can be a pretty good player in this league.”

Those words aren’t lost on Winters, who is excited to learn from the two pro bowlers.

“Nick’s definitely helped me a lot,” said Winters. “Playing between Nick and Brick it’s definitely a big thing. A big honor really. I’ve watched them play since I was young. It’s a great opportunity.”

What Rex loves most about him is his physical play, and when asked the type of player he is, that’s the first word Winters brings up.

“I like to play physical,” said Winters. “I’m a physical player. I love the game. I’ve got heart for the game.

Winters is still a little nicked up, but he has looked good in the opportunities he has been given. Like Mangold said, if he can keep it up it looks like he has a bright future ahead of him.

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