The Buffalo Bills overhauled their offensive line this offseason, making multiple changes in hopes the team can improve upon its offensive output from last season. Buffalo’s offense struggled mightily for multiple reasons, but one trend emerged as the season progressed: the line, which was a strength in the years prior, was not very good.
With draft picks and free-agent signings aplenty, general manager Brandon Beane has almost completely transformed his offensive-line group. Thanks to all the new faces coming aboard, it’s easy to forget about some of the holdovers from last year and beyond.
In our latest installment of “90 players in 90 days,” we examine one such offensive lineman, a one-time starter who may find himself off the roster this season.
Name: Vladimir Ducasse
Height/Weight: 6’5” 329 lbs.
Age: 31 (32 on 10/15/19)
Acquired: Signed with Buffalo on 3/9/17
Financial situation (per Spotrac): Ducasse enters the final year of the three-year pact he signed prior to the 2017 season. In 2019, he carries a cap hit of $2,083,334; if the Bills were to cut him prior to Week 1, the dead-cap charge would only be $83,334.
2018 Recap: Ducasse played in ten games last season, starting the first nine at left guard. He appeared in the team’s tenth game, a 41-10 thrashing of the New York Jets, before landing on the inactive list for the rest of the season. He was called for four penalties last season, and he did not allow a sack.
Positional outlook: Buffalo has a crowded offensive line competition, as they signed free agents Jon Feliciano, Quinton Spain, and Spencer Long as interior offensive linemen. Long can also play center, but the team signed Mitch Morse to do that, so Ducasse will compete with the newcomers along with holdovers Wyatt Teller and Ike Boettger for a spot in the lineup and on the roster. Jeremiah Sirles, who was with Buffalo last year, is listed as a tackle/guard by the team, so he will also factor into any decision about Ducasse.
2019 Offseason: Little has been said about Ducasse since his demotion in the middle of the season.
2019 Season outlook: Barring injury, it looks likely that Ducasse will be released this offseason. The Bills benched Ducasse for Teller last season, and they added three new faces via free agency. Ducasse will probably stick around through the early part of camp and the preseason, and perhaps Beane will wait for an injury to try and deal Ducasse for anything he can—a conditional seventh-round pick, for example—rather than just releasing him. It’s more likely, however, that Ducasse is cut at some point prior to the end of August.