Brian Winters appears ready to replace Vlad Ducasse on line

Brian Winters
Brian Winters, center, appears likely to start on Monday in place of Vlad Ducasse.
Credit: Getty Images

The media-proclaimed “Summer of Vlad” has turned into the “Fall of Bad” as the Jets appear set to replace left guard Vlad Ducasse with rookie Brian Winters.

After what was a strong training camp and preseason, the Jets appear ready to abandon Ducasse as their starting left guard, perhaps making him the scapegoat for the offense’s struggles and rookie quarterback Geno Smith’s high sack rate. He will be replaced by rookie Brian Winters, a third-round pick out of Kent State.

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.”

Winters looked good in rookie minicamp and again during offseason workouts and was relatively solid during preseason with the second-team offense. But his biggest advantage might simply be that the name Ducasse is not on the back of his jersey.

Considered by many fans and some in the media as a bust, Ducasse has bounced around between both guard positions, right tackle and even blocking tight end in what is now his fourth year with the Jets. It might be unfair to criticize him for the Jets’ high number of sacks, especially given the rookie quarterback’s tendency to hold onto the ball too long.

The signs pointing toward Winters starting this week extend beyond the football field. In positional meetings, offensive line coach Mike Devlin has been active in getting his rookie left guard involved in classroom work and film study.

“Without a doubt [I'm getting more involved],” Winters said. “Saying my name, asking me ‘How is this working Winters?’ Things like that. Obviously I’m more alert to it [and] continuing to learn and paying more attention and whatnot.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Cleavage complaint: Disneyland staffer orders curvy mom to…

A curvy mom-of-three says she filed a formal complaint after staff at Disneyland Resort in California ordered her to cover up her boobs. Melissa Behnken,…

International

Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from…

National

Every dog has his day in court, in…

(Reuters) - Call him juror K-9.A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty,…

Local

Local politicians pressure DOJ to investigate Ramarley Graham…

On what would have been his 21st birthday, Ramarley Graham's mother joined elected leaders to ask the U.S. Department of Justice investigate his death.

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 8

Sure, it's called Survivor. But this season should really be called 'The Tony Show.'

Television

Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.

Going Out

Tasty chicken and waffles in NYC

Try some soul food goodness around the city.

Television

'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter moves into producing role

The actress who played the title character's sister in "Dexter" is teaming up with producer George Stelzner to adapt Erika Hayasaki's book "The Death Class:…

NBA

Knicks wrap up season with win over Raptors

The Knicks wrapped up their season as it began — undermanned — but that still didn’t deter them from ending it the right way.

MLB

Adam Warren closes out doubleheader sweep for Yankees

Adam Warren navigated a tricky ninth inning earn the Yankees a 2-0 victory over the Cubs.

NHL

Marc Staal healthy, eager to contribute to Rangers…

Marc Staal remembers the feeling of helplessness watching his teammates compete for hockey’s ultimate prize and being unable to contribute.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: chocolate may prevent obesity…

Can chocolate prevent obesity and diabetes? Location of study: U.S. Study subjects: Mice Results: The positive health benefits of chocolate have been studied increasingly more…

Wellbeing

This Week in Health News: breastfed infants trying…

Are breastfed infants trying to prevent mom from having another baby? Theory: The act of breastfeeding not only brings mom and baby closer together –…

Wellbeing

Unexplained infertility may be caused by lack of…

Researchers have identified a protein on the egg's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of sperm, allowing the two cells to join.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.