"Out the Door", or "Back for More": OL Edition

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September 16, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson

Time to play some more fantasy GM. So far we have covered the quarterbacks, the running backs, the wide receivers, and the tight ends.  Now it’s time to talk about, as Ray Lucas likes to call them, the “fatties up front”.  Let’s take a look at the offensive line, and see who will be “out the door”, and who will be “back for more” in 2013:

D’BRICKASHAW FERGUSON:Here’s a guy on the “no-brainer” list. After a pretty rough go of it in 2011, Brick came back to put in a strong showing in 2012. He played like the consistent “blind side” left tackle that we have come to expect since he came into the league. If the team had fared better in 2012, we might have seen Ferguson make a return trip to the Pro Bowl. He would cost millions if he were cut, and is under contract through 2018. Not that any of that matters, though, because D’Brick will obviously be……


MATT SLAUSON/VLADIMIR DUCASSE: We will take these two guys together because by the end of the year, they were platooning at left guard as we all saw. Ducasse improved enough in the coaches’ eyes to deserve playing time, and to his credit, played better than we all expected when he was in there. However, you cannot go long term with a platoon on your offensive line, so the Jets have to make a decision here. Slauson is an unrestricted free agent, and is not very old at only 26 years of age. He won’t command a lot of money, so keeping him around wouldn’t be unreasonable. The decision has to be made as to whether or not the coaching staff feels that the team can move ahead with Vladimir Ducasse as the left guard. I believe they will, bringing Vladimir Ducasse………


and therefore, leaving Matt Slauson……….


NICK MANGOLD: Another charter member of the “no-brainer” category. There isn’t much to be said here, but he is a member of the offensive line so we have to talk about him. We know how much Nick Mangold means to the New York Jets. When he is out, the QB looks like he lost his best friend. The line plays terribly when he is out, and looks like it knows what it’s doing when he is in. Nick Mangold is obviously……….


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