Jets sign two draft picks Brian Winters, Tommy Bohanon

5/9/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The New York Jets offensive line showed signs of struggles throughout the 2012 season, and its problems amplified towards AFC Championship Games. It was evident that something must be done to address the issue this offseason. AS part of the process to restore the effectiveness of their line, the New York Jets picked up three offensive linemen in last month’s draft. One of those draft picks was Kent State Brian Winters who was selected by the New York Jets in the third round. The 22-year-old Brian Waters became the first New York Jets draft pick to sign on his four-year rookie contract, reportedly worth $2.8 million, on Thursday.
Wake Forest fullback Tommy Bohanon also agreed to terms with the New York Jets later today. According to sources familiar with the situation, fifth-round pick Tommy Bohanon’s rookie deal is worth $2.2 million over four years.
Although Brian Winters mostly played for the Kent State Golden Flashes – including starting at left tackle last season with the Kent State Golden Flashes, projected to be move to guard in the Pros, where he might have a legitimate shot at earning the starting job in his rookie year. After letting Brandon Moore go in free agency can seeing Matt Slasuon land with the Chicago Bears, the New York Jets added depth at guard by signing free agents Willie Colon and Stephen Peterman. The Chicago Bears new general manager John Idzik believes in creating competition at all positions across the roster. Brian Winters is expected to compete during training camp against incumbent guard Vladimir Ducasse, Willie Colon and Stephen Peterman and other drafted as well as unselected free agents – especially for the starting right guard spot. Meanwhile Tommy Bohanon could also compete for playing time at tight end to increase the likelihood of his making the team.
With the New York Jets transitioning to a new offensive system in 2013, many of the new additions will have a fairer opportunity to impress coaches so that they may establish themselves a t some role with the team.
The New York Jets are scheduled to kick off their rookie-minicamp on Friday, which will carry on for the next three days.
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