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Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Ducasse not happy about demotion

By Rich Cimini

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It's not Rex Ryan's style to bench starters, but he apparently has seen enough of Vladimir Ducasse at left guard.

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Ryan confirmed Wednesday he's considering a change. He's poised to name rookie Brian Winters the new starter.

"Well, I'd like to see Brian," he said. "We'll work him in with the ones this week and we'll see how that goes."

After a promising game in Week 2 against the New England Patriots, Ducasse's performance level has slipped. He has a team-high six penalties for 40 yards, and he allowed several quarterback pressures in last Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

"I'm not going to say I'm happy about it," said Ducasse, a former second-round pick who never has lived up to expectations. "I think I've been doing a pretty solid job, compared to where I was before."

This change was inevitable. Winters, a third-round pick from Kent State, may have won the job in training camp, but he missed a chunk of the preseason with an ankle injury. The coaches like his potential, but he's hardly a sure thing, considering his limited background at guard. He was a tackle at Kent State.