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The under-appreciated Douzable has been a reliable back-up for Gang Green

The under-appreciated Douzable has been a reliable back-up for Gang Green

The under-appreciated Douzable has been a reliable back-up for Gang Green

By Glenn Naughton

 

Over the course of the past two seasons, the New York Jets haven’t given their fans much to be excited about in posting just a dozen wins en route to a 12-20 record without so much as sniffing a playoff berth.

With a sputtering offense and a secondary that has struggled to keep their opponents out of the end zone, the defensive line has been one of the few reasons to give Jets fans hope and optimism for the future prior to this off-season’s re-build.

A key contributor a unit that has managed to shine through some rather forgettable times is the often overlooked Leger Douzable.  His  ability to contribute to the one true bright-spots on the team should come as no surprise as his first name, Leger, translates to “light” in French.

As is the case with any role-player on a highly talented unit, Douzable is often overshadowed by the likes of Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t played well when given the opportunity.

According to PFF.com, Douzable played 322 snaps last season and earned the sixth-highest grade against the run out of sixteen Jets defensive players with over 300 snaps.

A product of the University of Central Florida,  the 6′ 4”, 284 lb Douzable went undrafted out of college but is preparing to enter his ninth NFL season, and will have to prove himself all over again with a new regime in town.

First-year general manager Mike Maccaganan and rookie head coach Todd Bowles not only selected Leonard Williams in round one of the NFL draft, but also imported several veteran players along the defensive line in Stephen Bowen, Ronald Talley and Kevin Vickerson.

Given the creativity of Bowles’ defensive schemes, it remains to be seen how a player like Douzable will be impacted on Sundays, but the recent suspension of Sheldon Richardson could mean more chances for Douzable in the opening weeks of 2015.

Should he find a way to shine bright enough, the big man may carve out a spot for himself once again in providing quality depth along what many hope will be one of the top defensive lines in the NFL.

 

 

 

 

 

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He has been both good and cheap for us.  On an even more crowded unit this year he is likely to get even less attention from opposing coordinators and so I expect him to play well again and maybe generate enough highlights to get himself a nice payday from his next contract.  A contract which will almost certainly come from another team.

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When Leger Douzable is your bright spot, you need to make sure you're caught up on your electric bill.

 

Actually, all the players hope to shine this year. Isn't it called employment? He's so bright, here are his last 4 rotoworld updates:

 

1. Jets re-signed DL Leger Douzable.

Douzable, 29 in May, appeared in all 16 games for the Jets last season, logging 322 snaps and playing above-average run defense as an interior lineman. Apr 8, 2015 - 2:41 PM
 
2. Jets re-signed DT Leger Douzable to a one-year contract.
Douzable missed all of 2012 with a shoulder injury, but returned to appear in all 16 games for the Jets last season as a reserve defensive tackle. Douzable played 242 snaps, logging 20 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He's primarily a run stopper. Wed, Mar 12, 2014 07:23:00 PM
 
3. Jets signed DT Leger Douzable, formerly of the Titans.
At 6-foot-4, 284, Douzable can play defensive tackle and end. He'll be squarely on the roster bubble with the Jets, but at least offers some versatility. Wed, Jul 24, 2013 05:52:00 PM
 
4. Titans placed DT Leger Douzable (shoulder), OG Ryan Durand, LB Kevin Malast, and CB Terrence Wheatley on injured reserve, ending their seasons.
Douzable had been dividing his time between end and tackle before coming down with a shoulder injury. An effective rotational run-stopper, Douzable had signed a one-year, $700,000 contract in April. Fri, Aug 31, 2012 07:59:00 PM

 

 

*Ultrabright spot!

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Love that guy!

 

Doesn't do anything flashy so casual fans don't know much about him or write him off...I think he's a pretty good player though.

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Actually, all the players hope to shine this year. Isn't it called employment? He's so bright, here are his last 4 rotoworld updates:

 

*Ultrabright spot!

 

The updates keep getting better!  He's doing well here.

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