Now that defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin is back at practice, the Cleveland Browns have their originally planned starting interior linemen back in the fold for the first time this season (the other, of course, being Phil Taylor).
That means a guy like Billy Winn, a rookie who has certainly held his own this season, could see reduced playing time at the position. Head coach Pat Shurmur doesn’t necessarily want to lose that production, so a move to defensive end could be in Winn’s future.
“If they need me to play end, I will play end,” Winn said. “Right now, I’m trying to fit in where they want me to play.” (Source: Cleveland.com)
Winn played some defensive end in college at Boise State, so it wouldn’t be a foreign concept to him. The key here is that the Browns will be finding a way to keep him on the field; the sixth-round pick has been a very pleasant surprise this season. Not that injuries are ever a good thing, but they do give under-the-radar players an opportunity to make a name for themselves. For Winn, he has taken full advantage of it.
For the season, Winn has 13 total tackles and a sack.