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2018 Buffalo Bills scouting report: guard Vladimir Ducasse

The oft-maligned veteran had a better-than-expected year in 2017. Can he be even better in 2018?

The Buffalo Bills offensive line is going to look quite different in 2018. Gone are stalwarts Eric Wood, Cordy Glenn, and Richie Incognito, leaving only two holdovers who began the 2017 season as starters in the trenches.

In our latest installment of “90 players in 90 days,” we discuss one of those holdovers.

Name: Vladimir Ducasse

Number: 62

Position: G

Height/Weight: 6’5” 329 lbs.

Age: 30

Experience: 9

College: Massachusetts

Draft: Selected in the second round (61st overall) by the New York Jets in the 2010 NFL Draft

Financial situation (per Spotrac): Ducasse enters the second year of a three-year pact he signed last offseason. The total value of the contract is $3.5 million. In 2018, he carries a cap hit of $1,533,333. Nearly all of the contract’s guarantees came in year one of the deal, so the Bills could cut him and only be responsible for a $166,668 dead cap charge.

2017 Recap: Ducasse began the season on the bench, as fellow guard John Miller started the team’s first four games at right guard. After subpar play earned Miller a seat on the bench, Ducasse took over as the starter for the remainder of the season. While he was not perfect by any means, he was definitely solid. Among the five linemen who started the majority of Buffalo games, Ducasse committed the fewest penalties (1, a false start) and allowed the fewest sacks (2, tied with Eric Wood) for the least amount of yardage (10). Pro Football Focus graded Ducasse as “average,” as the lumbering lineman earned a 75.5 overall grade (24th among guards).

Positional outlook: There are four players battling for two spots, although one of those players in also battling for the starting gig at center, as well. John Miller, Ryan Groy, and Wyatt Teller join Ducasse as the only four guards on the roster. If Groy earns the starting center job, three of those four will start.

2018 Offseason: Ducasse has been the starting left guard thus far in camp. He has participated in all offseason activities to date.

2018 season outlook: Unless something crazy happens or he is injured, Ducasse will not only make the roster, but he will probably start. He was much better than Miller last season, and his low cap number makes it unlikely that the Bills will move on, especially given the lack of depth they have at the position.

Have a safe, happy Independence Day, Rumblers!