Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Guy Looks like Starter, Learned from Mistakes; Safety Practicing with First Team - and Knows Bradley's System

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Guy Looks like Starter, Learned from Mistakes; Safety Practicing with First Team - and Knows Bradley's System

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Byline: Vito Stellino

Safety Winston Guy didn't want to attend a Super Bowl party last February.

He wanted to watch the game alone back home in Kentucky because it was a bittersweet experience.

Cut by the Seahawks at the end of camp last year after spending his rookie year with the team as a sixth- round pick from Kentucky, Guy was happy for his former teammates, but couldn't help thinking about he could have been on the field winning a ring.

"It was heartwarming to see those guys. I know what type of guys they are and the work they put in and how passionate they are,'' he said.

In the end, though, getting cut by Seattle may end up helping Guy.

He was claimed by the Jaguars because coach Gus Bradley was familiar with him. Bradley was the Seahawks' defensive coordinator during Guy's rookie year.

Guy, 6-1 and 218 pounds, has the physical tools to play the position.

"Physically, he is everything you want in a safety,'' said Will Blackmon, who, like Guy, was cut by the Seahawks last year and signed with the Jaguars.

But Guy also came with a lot of baggage.

"I had a roller coaster rookie year,'' said Guy, 24. "I was making rookie mistakes, immaturity, things like that. I had some personal issues off the field. Now I understand what it takes to be a professional.''

Defensive tackle Red Bryant, who signed as a free agent with the Jaguars after winning a Super Bowl ring in Seattle last year, said: "He used to do some dumb stuff. We used to stay on Winston all the time. He's really grown. I've told him I'm proud of him.''

Guy was suspended for four games as a rookie for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy. He said he took over-the-counter pills and didn't know they contained a banned substance.

"You live and learn,'' he said. "I lost a lot of money that I'll never get back. It makes you sit back and think about doing the right thing. It affects the team, too.''

He's also a big hitter but didn't always play under control. …

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