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

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Bio

      Winston has been with Bengals since 2014, serving as a valuable backup and occasionally starting ... Saw significant time at ROT during ’16 ... Has 128 career NFL starts (including postseason), and has started for multiple teams with big rushing numbers ... Played 16 games for seven straight seasons (2007-13), and played 16 again in ’16 ... 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.

      Winston has been with Bengals since 2014, serving as a valuable backup and occasionally starting ... Saw significant time at ROT during ’16 ... Has 128 career NFL starts (including postseason), and has started for multiple teams with big rushing numbers ... Played 16 games for seven straight seasons (2007-13), and played 16 again in ’16 ... 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 ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-13-17.

 

     2016 highlights: Played in Games 1-16, seeing time on offense in 12 games ... Started at ROT for Games 12-13, both Bengals wins ... Part of offensive line rotation on Oct. 23 vs. Cleveland, blocking for rushing attack that generated 9.0 yards per rush and the most total rushing yards (271) in more than 30 years ... On Oct. 30 vs. Washington in London, part of O-line rotation that helped generate 415 total net yards and a tied-for-franchise-record 35 first downs ... First start of season Dec. 4 vs. Philadelphia, blocking for unit that helped Andy Dalton post his best QB rating of season (130.0), with zero sacks allowed ... On Dec. 11 at Cleveland, recovered a Dalton fumble at Browns’ 41 in first quarter, preserving drive that ended with a TD ... Also at Cleveland, helped offense generate 213 rushing yards, with a 5.6 per-carry average.

 

     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 in season finale 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 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, contributed to 188 rushing yards, including 153 by 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 on Dec. 15 at Tennessee ... His Arizona contract expired after season. 2014—Was with Seattle in preseason ... Seahawks released him on Aug. 30, and he signed as free agent with 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 at Indianapolis. 2015—Played Games 1-11 and 13-14 with Bengals, with starts at ROT in Games 8-9 as injury replacement for Andre Smith ... Inactive for Games 12, 15-16 and Wild Card playoff ... Played ROT on Bengals’ game-deciding TD drive Nov. 1 at Pittsburgh, replacing Andre Smith ... In start Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland, helped offense gain 371 net yards as Andy Dalton posted 139.8 passer rating ... On Dec. 13 vs. Pittsburgh and Dec. 20 at San Francisco, had snaps at “big TE,” an eligible receiver, but was not targeted.

 

     College: Played in 42 total games with 29 starts at Miami (Fla.), earning All-America honors as a senior ... Started his collegiate career as a TE before switching to offensive line after his freshman season ... Started 12 games at LOT as a senior, coming back from a knee injury that had 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 ... Has served since 2014 as president of NFL Players Association ... Married (wife Jennifer) with two daughters (Julie and Josephine) one son (Jackson) ... 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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