Monday, May 6, 2013

It’s now or never for New York Jets guard Vladimir Ducasse

As New York Jets offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse enters his fourth NFL season in 2013, he’ll be looking to crack the starting lineup for the first time in his career, as he competes for one of the open guard positions.

That’s not exactly what the Jets had in mind for Ducasse when they selected him out of UMass in the 2010 NFL Draft. His raw physical talents made him worth the gamble to former general manager Mike Tannenbaum.

A UMass alum himself, Tannenbaum’s faith in Ducasse’s development ultimately played a role in his firing, and now in the final year of his rookie contract, big Vlad is likely on his last legs when it comes to his Jets career.

A former second-rounder, Ducasse was expected to develop into a trusted starter on the offensive line by now, either at tackle or guard. He’s made significant strides, but like everyone in camp, he’ll have to earn his keep.

In John Idzik‘s first draft as Jets general manager a few weeks ago, the Jets drafted another tackle/guard in the third round in Brian Winters, and another tackle/guard in round five, Oday Aboushi. That could be pretty telling.

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