Ducasse's Mission

Ducasse has lost eight pounds.

GWR's Rick Laughland had the chance to catch up with Jets second year lineman Vlad Ducasse this week after the player was training at TEST Sports Clubs.

Vladimir Ducasse is a man on a mission.

With the release of veteran Damien Woody this offseason, the competition for starting jobs along the right side of the offensive line is wide open. A second lineman out of the UMASS, Ducasse has shed eight pounds this offseason working his way down to a spry and limber 317. Ducasse was quick to credit the training program developed by trainers at TEST Sports Clubs.

"I'm doing everything: working on strength, speed and agility and trying to gain more flexibility," Ducasse told GWR. "We are doing exercises over and over again until it becomes muscle memory."

Ducasse saw action in two games during his rookie campaign with the Jets, with both appearances being in blowout wins over Buffalo. He understands the key to securing a starting job will rest with his ability to live up to the team's mantra and "Play Like a Jet."

"I want to be more physical and play faster," declared Ducasse. "The most important part for me is to be more confident in my game."

Ducasse is motivated and ready to actively contribute in 2011. The man they call ‘Vlad' reflected on New York's superb 2010 season giving special notice to the fact the Jets have some unfinished business.

"The whole season was enjoyable," noted Ducasse. "Starting in training camp and then at the end of the season coming so close to meeting our goal. Right now, I'm trying to amp up my workout to get ready for this upcoming season and help us reach our goal."

During his workouts at the facility in Martinsville, N.J., Ducasse has performed well and surprised observers with his athleticism and outstanding hip leverage.

"He's a really hard worker, tremendous," said TEST owner Brian Martin. "He's been giving a lot of effort this spring in working on his body."

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