Bengals confirm visits with guards Vladimir Ducasse and Uche Nwaneri

Andy Lyons

Ducasse beat out third-round rookie Brian Winters during training camp last season (because Winters was dealing with an ankle injury), but was eventually benched due to penalties and pass protection issues. He was benched for Winters. At the time of his benching, Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 66 ranked guard out of 70.

The Cincinnati Bengals announced that they hosted former New York Jets offensive guard Vladimir Ducasse this week -- alongside former Jaguars guard Uche Nwaneri (which we've known about since Tuesday).

Ducasse, a former second round draft pick from the 2010 NFL draft, has played every game over the last three years but only started five games. Ducasse beat out third-round rookie Brian Winters during training camp last season (because Winters was dealing with an ankle injury), but was eventually benched due to penalties and pass protection issues. He was benched for Winters. At the time of his benching, Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 66 ranked guard out of 70.

Darryl Slater with The Star-Ledger writes:

Ducasse has the size – 6-5 and 326 pounds – but could never put it all together with the Jets. Originally from Haiti, he came to the NFL with a more limited football background than most players. And perhaps it was difficult to get an accurate reading on his potential since he played at Massachusetts, and could dominate many opponents at that level with his size alone.

Uche Nwaneri, a former fifth-round pick from the 2007 NFL draft, has started 92 career games and played 104, including all but one in the past six years. Of the Jaguars starting offensive linemen, Nwaneri was the only one that didn't post a horrible Pro Football Focus grade -- scored a -0.3. That being said, PFF gave him a -10.4 run blocking score in 2013.

Jacksonville released the veteran guard last week, who has been dealing with leg injuries in recent years, due to a $5.9 million salary and the benefit of $3.7 million savings in cap space.

"The move is a bit of a surprise, but Nwaneri was always on the fringe of the roster going forward given his salary and decline in play," writes Alfie Crow last week.

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