FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Brian Winters has always lived by the motto, “I still have something to prove.”
“Where I’m from, we weren’t spoon-fed, we fed ourselves,” said Winters, a versatile offensive lineman out of Kent State who was selected by the New York Jets in the third round (No. 72 overall) of the 2013 NFL draft. “So I guess I do have a chip on my shoulder.”
Winters, who grew up in the small town of Hudson, Ohio, played tackle in college, but is expected to move over to guard, where he’ll push Vladimir Ducasse for the starting spot on the right side. Veteran free-agent pickup Willie Colon is likely to start at left guard.
“That’s perfectly fine for me,” said Winters, 21, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 320 pounds. “I got thrown in there in the Senior Bowl, and I felt like it was really comfortable for me as the game went on. I feel like I can really excel there.”
Winters said the wait to hear his name called was tough.
“It was a little stressful, but once I got that phone call from New Jersey, I was elated,” he said. “Words can’t describe how happy I was.
“I couldn’t ask for a better situation. I’m really excited for what’s to come. I’m really thankful, really grateful for this opportunity that’s ahead of me.”
Winters said he has three tattoos: one covering his entire right arm, one covering half his left arm and one on his back.
Jets coach Rex Ryan also has a tattoo.
“It’s nice. It makes me feel at home, right?” Winters joked.