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Monday, February 14, 2011
Ducasse slated to play RT, could impact Woody

By Rich Cimini

The NFL off-season is filled with uncertainty, but one thing we do know: Though they haven't made any public announcements, the Jets have decided to move second-year offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse to right tackle. That, of course, could impact the future of incumbent Damien Woody.

Ducasse, a second-round pick from UMass, played in only two games as a rookie, mop-up appearances. The organization talked him up after the draft, claiming he would battle Matt Slauson for the starting job at left guard. Ducasse, overwhelmed by the position change (he was a left tackle in college) and the speed of the NFL, never mounted a serious challenge. He was inactive for 11 games.

At 6-5, 325, Ducasse has the size to play right tackle. The question is whether he has enough agility to hold up in pass protection. Because of his raw power, he has the potential to be a terrific strong-side run blocker.

Woody, 33, was having another strong season, but it was derailed by injuries -- a knee scope that cost him the last three regular-season games and an Achilles'-tendon injury in the wild-card game. The latter required season-ending surgery. Woody's cap charge for 2011 is $4.26 million.