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Source: Jets benching Ducasse, will start rookie Winters vs. ATL
A day after Rex Ryan promised he and his coaching staff would take “a hard look” at themselves, a shakeup on the offensive line appears to be on the horizon,
A source told Newsday Tuesday morning that the Jets have decided to sit left guard Vladimir Ducasse in favor of rookie Brian Winters.
The move isn’t surprising, considering Ducasse has been a project – and an even bigger disappointment – since he was taken in the second round of the 2010 draft. And with Ryan desperate for answers to their penalty and turnover woes, change was sure to come.
Ducasse played particularly well against Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork in Week 2. But since then, the fourth-year offensive lineman has struggled mightily. He was flagged for four penalties in the Jets’ Week 3 win over the Bills and was flagged twice for a false start and holding penalty in Sunday’s 38-13 loss in Tennessee (though the holding penalty was declined).
Ducasse has a -12.4 grade over the past two games, according to ProFootballFocus.com. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith also was pressured on 52.4% of his dropbacks Sunday and, as a result, his completion percentage dropped from 88% to 43.8%, according to the statistical site.