A Look Back at John Idzik’s Inaugural New York Jets’ Season: Leger Douzable

Dec 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leger Douzable (78) reacts during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, time to continue our road back through the year of John Idzik. Specifically, John Idzik and his first year as the GM of the NYJ. (sorry for the Belichick reference)

We have been going through his moves over the last several days, the latest piece outlining the acquisition of Ed Reed.  So, let’s continue along.

Another move was for more depth on the defensive line.  He wasn’t a starter, but he did contribute where he could.  I am talking about:

LEGER DOUZABLE: Prior to 2013, Leger had spent time on the active rosters of the St. Louis Rams and the Jacksonville Jaguars.  He also was a member of the Vikings and the Giants, but never reached any further than training camp or the practice squad for those teams.

According to NFL.com, for the Rams and Jaguars, Douzable had posted 57 tackles and one sack. Idzik signed him to a contract over the summer, and he made the roster as a backup defensive lineman.

For the season, he posted a career high of 1.5 sacks, to go along with 19 tackles in a backup role.  His coming out party was the final home game of the year against the Cleveland Browns.  In that one, Leger posted five tackles and one sack.

He also showed himself to be a versatile player, playing both on the right side of the defensive line as well as the left.   Coach Dunbar, coach Thurman, and the rest of the defensive  staff made good use of this young man.

Is he a big star?  No, but another good, economical move based on the 2013 financial situation.  Having a versatile defender that can play on either side of the line will never go out of style.

For this move, I give John Idzik a solid B.

Topics: John Idzik, Leger Douzable, New York Jets

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