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Eric Winston
OT #73
Height:
6-7
Weight:
310
Age:
33
College:
Miami (Fla.)
Hometown:
Midland, TX
Experience:
11

Quick Stats (2016):

G
16
GS
2
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
GGS
TOTAL 157 125
2016 CIN 16 2
2015 CIN 13 2
2014 CIN 4 2
2013 ARI 16 16
2012 KC 16 16
2011 HOU 16 16
2010 HOU 16 16
2009 HOU 16 16
2008 HOU 16 16
2007 HOU 16 16
2006 HOU 12 7
Recent Games
WKOppResult
1 @NYJ W 23-22
2 @PIT L 16-24
3 DEN L 17-29
4 MIA W 22-7
5 @DAL L 14-28
6 @NE L 17-35
7 CLE W 31-17
8 WAS L 27-27
10 @NYG L 20-21
11 BUF L 12-16
12 @BAL L 14-19
13 PHI W 32-14
14 @CLE W 23-10
15 PIT L 20-24
16 @HOU L 10-12
17 BAL W 27-10

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Bio

      A 10th-year pro in 2015, Winston is a valuable backup and has started games each of the last two seasons ... Contributed last season to offense ranking seventh in NFL in scoring (26.2) ... Has 126 career NFL starts (including postseason) ... Signed with Bengals as free agent prior to Game 13 of 2014 and finished that season and postseason as a starter, replacing injured Andre Smith at ROT.

      A 10th-year pro in 2015, Winston is a valuable backup and has started games each of the last two seasons ... Contributed last season to offense ranking seventh in NFL in scoring (26.2) ... Has 126 career NFL starts (including postseason) ... Signed with Bengals as free agent prior to Game 13 of 2014 and finished that season and postseason as a starter, replacing injured Andre Smith at ROT.

     Career transactions: Selected by Houston in third round of 2006 NFL Draft (66th overall) ... Signed with Texans on 7-24-06 ... Signed contract extension with Texans on 9-6-08 ... Contract terminated by Texans on 3-13-12 ... Signed with Kansas City as free agent on 3-18-12 ... Contract terminated by Chiefs on 3-7-13 ... Signed with Arizona as free agent on 7-26-13 ... Signed with Seattle as free agent on 7-29-14 ... Contract terminated by Seahawks on 8-30-14 ... Signed with Cincinnati as free agent on 12-2-14 ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-11-15 ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-10-16.

     2016 highlights: Has played in Games 1-4, primarily on special teams.

     Previous seasons: 2006—Played in 12 games as a rookie with Houston, starting last seven at ROT ... Made NFL debut in reserve role Oct. 15 at Dallas ... Moved into starting lineup Nov. 19 vs. Buffalo and helped power 188 rushing yards ... Helped Texans top 100 rushing yards in four of the final five games, including team’s 191 and 153 for RB Ron Dayne on Dec. 24 vs. Indianapolis. 2007—With Houston, he began his streak of seven straight seasons starting 16 games ... Key cog as offense allowed only 21 sacks, down from 43 the previous year. 2008—Helped Texans to 382.1-yards per game in net offense, ranked third in NFL ... Helped Steve Slaton to franchise rookie record of 1282 rushing yards, including three straight games over 100. 2009—For Texans on Nov. 1 at Buffalo, helped RB Ryan Moats rush for 126 yards and three TDs ... Blocked for RB Arian Foster’s first 100-yard rushing game, 119 yards on 1-3-10 vs. New England. 2010—Helped Texans RB Arian Foster earn his first Pro Bowl berth, with 1616 rushing yards and 16 TDs ... Helped Foster log franchise-record 231 rushing yards in season opener Sept. 12 vs. Indianapolis ... In season finale on 1-2-11 vs. Jacksonville, helped power 244 rushing yards, including 180 and two TDs by Foster. 2011—Named to SI.com’s All-Pro team as Houston earned franchise’s first playoff berth with 10-6 record for AFC South title ... In Wild Card win over Bengals on 1-7-12, contributed to 188 rushing yards, including 153 by Arian Foster ... Supported net rushing of 150-plus yards in last five regular-season games. 2012—Moved to Kansas City as a free agent and helped Chiefs lead NFL in rushing (149.7) ... Supported 1509 rushing yards by RB Jamaal Charles ... Part of 352-yard rushing effort Dec. 23 vs. Indianapolis. 2013—Played in all 16 games at ROT for Arizona, his seventh consecutive season starting every regular-season game, and helped the Cardinals post a 10-6 record ... Helped Cardinals rush for season-high 201 yards Oct. 27 vs. Atlanta ... Aided rushing output of 145 yards and two TDs Dec. 15 at Tennessee ... His Arizona contract expired after season. 2014—Was with Seattle in preseason ... Seahawks released him on Aug. 30 ... Signed as free agent by Bengals prior to Game 13 ... Played in Games 13-14, and promoted to starting ROT for playoff-clinching win Dec. 22 vs. Denver ... Also started Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh and in Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis. 2015—Played in 13 games (Games 1-11 and 13-14), with starts at ROT in Games 8-9 as injury replacement for Andre Smith ... Inactive for Games 12, 15-16 and Wild Card playoff ... In addition to his two starts, played ROT on Bengals’ game-deciding TD drive in Game 7, Nov. 1 at Pittsburgh, replacing Smith ... In start Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland, helped offense accumulate 371 net yards as Andy Dalton posted 139.8 passer rating, his best of the season to that point ... On Dec. 13 vs. Pittsburgh and Dec. 20 at San Francisco, had snaps at “big tight end,” an eligible receiver, but was not targeted.

     College: Played in 42 games with 29 starts at Miami (Fla.), earning All-America honors as senior ... Started career as TE before switching to offensive line after freshman season ... Started 12 games at LOT as senior, coming back from knee injury that ended his junior season after four games.

     Personal: Hometown is Midland, Texas ... Attended Midland Lee High School, where as a TE he helped team win three straight Class 5A state titles ... Graduated from Miami with a degree in International Finance and Marketing, and has pursued a second degree, in political science ... Has served since 2014 as president of NFL Players Association ... Hobbies include reading and golf.

      NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Winston did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2014 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games.

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