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Jets OL Ducasse benefiting from full offseason

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By Kevin Fishbain

This spring and summer offers young players a full, normal, no-lockout offseason. When discussing Jets players hurt by last year’s lockout, 2010 second-round OL Vladimir Ducasse’s name is the first to come to mind. We heard that moving Ducasse, a college tackle, to guard last offseason did not help his growth, and it appeared he would compete with Wayne Hunter to play right tackle in 2012. However, during spring practices, Ducasse was back at the guard position, filling in at times for Matt Slauson. Ducasse's position is not set in stone, but head coach Rex Ryan has been extremely pleased by his progress. “I like the way Vladimir Ducasse, to me looks like a different guy,” Ryan told reporters on June 12. “We moved him to guard and he really looks good there. … I think now, he’s getting better and you see the confidence growing and he’s able to showcase his ability and certainly he’s a talent. He’s also done a great job in the weight room.”

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