The Jets draft class of 2010..Kyle Wilson, John Connor, Joe McKnight and Vlad Ducasse. These guys will HAVE to make plays in 20011. Wilson as a cover guy. Connor as the heir to T Rich. Mcknight as a Jamaal Charles type who threatens defenses with his speed and pass catching skills. Ducasse as a viable backup, the 2011 version of Wayne Hunter, who could start should anyone on the offensive line go down for any amount of time.
Ny Post’s Bart Hubbuch brought the spotlight of attention to this crew and he’s right in that the Jets can ill afford to have this entire group fail. Especially as top pick Vernon Gholston appears to be on his way out after three under achieving years. It’s way too early to label this 2010 NY Jets draft class as a disappointment. It’s not too early from here on in though, to expect solid contributions from them.
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This was just a matter of time but I guess Woody and Mike T stumbled upon on their missing pot of gold today by signing both Ducasse and Ferguson on the same day.
Saw some shots yesterday of ‘Hard Knocks” beginning to be filmed on Rich Cimini’s twitter account. I think by the time that first Monday Night Football game against the Ravens rolls around the team and the fans are going to be ready to run through walls. I hope the stadium sounds like the home opener against the Pats. I know that was the loudest game I ever attended and it helped.
I feel very confident about the Defense. I don’t think there are any question marks right now, excluding the Revis contract which I am tired of talking about, and as Basset pointed out on the Jets Blog this morning the team is stacked in every position on Defense. They are better in #2 and #3 spots in most positions than some teams #1’s.
The more I think about the Offense I worry. Why have we not heard more about the progress of Ducasse or Slauson? Will Mangold’s frustration over a contract translate to the field? I know I don’t have the stamina to deal with a Pete Kendall type of situation coupled with New York Media. It will just put a damper on what is building up to potentially one of the best season’s the Jets have had in over a decade. Last time fans were this excited about this team has to be ‘99. Coming off the loss to Denver in the AFC championship game and Testaverde’s unreal season the sky seemed the limit. It was cut short early in the season with Vinny going down in the first game. Just brutal!
I love hearing from Rex that he has never seen a player work harder than Sanchez this off season. At the same time though, I think one of the powerful things about Rex is that he knows how to instill confidence. Does he really mean what he says about Sanchez or does he want the league and the press to think that?
I thought Sanchez did exactly what he was supposed to do in the playoffs. He realized he didn’t need to win every game himself. Protect the ball, make smart decisions and every once in awhile make a big play. Let’s hope he continues to build on the success of that magical playoff run.
What are your concerns leading up to the season?
The competition is still alive for who will be starting on the O line this coming season, Matt Slauson or Vlad Ducasse.
This kid Slauson seems confident in himself but I find it hard to believe they would draft Ducasse and not start him.
Here is a quote from Slauson:
"Right now I’m listed as a starter-slash-backup because I’m competing for a starting job, obviously with Vlad," said Slauson, "Vlad" being second-round rookie Vladimir Ducasse and "job" being the left guard spot vacated with the departure of veteran Alan Faneca. "I don’t know how things are going to play out, but I know know this opportunity and I plan to make the most of it."
Checking out the picture above makes me think this guy probably sucked to be around in high school and college. Anyone who puts face paint on like that was probably as close to a replica to Ogar from the Nerds movies as possible.
Here’s a great story from the Stamford Advocate on Vlad Ducasse, and the Jets excitement to be working together.
Ducasse, a former Stamford High School star, learned he soon will be wearing green, earning a lot of green and staying close to his adopted hometown.
The New York Jets selected Ducasse in the second round of the NFL Draft, the 61st pick overall.
The 6-foot-5, 330-pound tackle, who rarely displays emotion, pumped his arms in the air as he watched NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announce his name on television.
“I’m just happy that it’s finally over,” Ducasse said. “Now I know where I am going to go. I’m just going to get ready and show up to camp ready to go.”
Tannenbaum said in an e-mailed statement, “He’s really an interesting guy, an incredible worker, and he’s one of those guys where with what he’s been through, you’d never bet against him. So he obviously has the physical attributes. From a technique standpoint, it’s not completely clean. But we spent a lot of time with him as a department, and then (offensive line coach) Bill Callahan, in particular, spent a lot of time with him. When Bill Callahan signs off on a guy, you feel really good about that. We’re excited about his long-term prognosis with us.
I totally forgot about this kid from last years draft. Looks like Matt Slauson and Vlad Ducasse will compete for the starting job on the O Line.
Looks like my original thought today of what the Jets were going to do in the second round came true. They are adding some depth to the ageing O line. I don’t know much about this kid but he looks like a monster. Welcome to the team Vlad Ducasse.
The posted picture above makes me think of “The Blind Side”. Terrible movie so don’t waste your money if you haven’t seen it.