New York Jets starting left guard Vladimir Ducasse really impressed me in Week 2 against the New England Patriots, because he won his individual matchup against top notch Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who has been on of the best DLs in this league for a long time. Wilfork ate up Colin Brown, who has no business starting in this league, for lunch in Week 1, but he was unable to have a good day against Ducasse, who played out of his mind. Ducasse, however, fell back down to earth in Week 3 against another division rival’s elite DT in the Buffalo Bills Kyle Williams, who is even better than Wilfork (about as good against the run, even better against the pass).
According to NJ.com’s Darryl Slater, Vladimir Ducasse committed four penalties against the Bills last week, and he was clearly beat by the better player, though I did expect Ducasse to fare out better than he actually did. He gave some well-deserved praise to Kyle Williams for causing problems for Ducasse and the Jets offensive line, “It was exciting going against a player like that. He’s so good at what he does. In my mind, he’s considered one of the best three techniques in the NFL. He just kind of helped me take my game to another level.”
Ducasse added, “How he adjusted to some of the stuff I was doing, how he adjusted so fast. Sometimes I’d be playing aggressive and then he’d use my aggressiveness against me. He did it (adjusted) so fast. He did it after like the first two plays.”
The New York Jets LG praised Williams’s physical tools and football IQ, and that lethal combination is what makes the uber-tough DT an elite player in this league. Vladimir Ducasse is a quality guard now that he is coming into his own, and we’ll see how he does against a Tennessee Titans team that possesses plenty of depth at talent at defensive tackle.