Friday, June 3, 2011
Lockout analysis: Offensive line
By Rich Cimini
ESPNNewYork.com is providing a daily breakdown on how the lockout is affecting the individual position groups.
Position: Offensive line.
Depth chart: C -- Nick Mangold, Rob Turner, Robby Felix; G -- Brandon Moore, Matt Slauson, Marlon Davis, Dennis Landolt; T -- D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Vladimir Ducasse, Wayne Hunter.
Not under contract: Hunter.
Player hurt most by the lockout: Ducasse, Ferguson.
Player with most to gain: Ex-Jet Damien Woody.
Analysis: There may not be a player on the team more affected by the lockout than Ducasse, who needed this offseason in the worst way. The Jets released Woody at the start of the offseason, thinking Ducasse could step in at right tackle. A couple of potential problems: 1. Save for the meaningless regular-season finale, he didn't play as a rookie. 2. He's never played right tackle. These issues will be compounded by his small-school background. Ducasse has the size and physical tools, but his development will be hurt by not having minicamps and OTAs.
This bodes well for Woody, who is healing nicely from Achilles-tendon surgery. If there's an abbreviated training camp, meaning little time for Ducasse to get settled, the Jets may look to re-sign Woody (or perhaps Hunter) as a stop-gap. There's a feeling close to the team that Woody will be back.
Ferguson, too, could be hurt by the lockout, but his pain will be in his bank account -- a league-high $750,000 workout bonus that he'll probably never see. Ouch.