Ready or not, Jets’ Ducasse expected to start

Posted May 07, 2010 @ 9:34 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Scouts said Jets OLG Vladimir Ducasse lacked polish heading into the draft, but he won't be afforded the luxury of learning from afar before getting thrust into a game situation. The Jets maintain they're confident Ducasse can step in as the starting left guard spot that became vacant when nine-time Pro Bowler Alan Faneca was cut following the second-round selection of Ducasse, who played left tackle at Massachusetts. Ducasse will start from Day One, and the Jets really don't have any other proven, experienced player to plug in at the position should he struggle. Head coach Rex Ryan apparently liked what he saw from the rookie guard at his first minicamp. Ducasse has great size and plays with power, which made him a good fit for the Jets' straight-ahead rushing attack. Ducasse will be playing between C Nick Mangold and OLT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and those two talented veterans should be able to give him some useful pointers.

 

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