The front office in Buffalo continues to make the moves that fit the culture on the team. Every player earns their spot. With the recent injury to Jon Feliciano (chest) that should sideline him for several weeks in the season, the Bills have brought in competition for the right guard position. The team has agreed to terms with offensive guard Brian Winters, formerly of the rival New York Jets. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was the first on the signing.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 3, 2020
With this move, it seems like the idea of Cody Ford staying at right tackle will stick in place. Even if Winters does not win the starting job, he still provides depth that the Bills will not have to worry about. Winters was drafted by the Jets in 2013 and has proven his worthy, but with a risk to it.
Can He Stay Healthy?
Since being drafted, Winters has only played three full seasons which questions his ability to stay on the field. He played nine games last season before being added to the IR due to a shoulder injury.
While the signing provides stability on the right side with the absence of Feliciano, it’s only worth it if Winters produces on the field.
Strong 2019 Performance
Winters was having the best season of his career last year up until being deactivated with the shoulder injury. He only allowed one sack on Sam Darnold and was penalized twice. He showed off his ability in both the pass and run blocking. While the Jets offense had a rough outing, Winters provided great plays that allowed the ball to move the chains.
What It Means For Bills’ O-Line
With the deal being reported as a one-year deal, Winters is on a prove-it deal with the Bills. He is in the running to earn the right guard position and may have the advantage because of his status of being a starter since entering the league. Although, all of Bills fans know that Sean McDermott preaches that everyone earns their spot. Winters will have competition entering training camp, with an offensive line that is returning all starters from last year.