Slauson's Debut Solid

Monday night was the first big test of Matt Slauson's NFL career as the guard made his first ever start.

East Rutherford, NJ – Replacing a respected All-Pro like Alan Faneca is no easy task, but for Jets' left guard Matt Slauson, Monday night was a step in the right direction.

Slauson has been the center of the offensive line's most intriguing positional battle as the second year guard squares off against rookie Vlad Ducasse for the starting spot. Taken in the sixth round of last year's draft, Slauson had a solid debut that showed encouraging signs. He did very well in opening holes for the ground game and had solid pass protection. It wasn't a perfect performance by Slauson, but solid enough.

"It was cool," Slauson told about his debut as a starter. "I think, that overall, it was a step in the right direction."

Like most of the starters on offense, Slauson played the first half of what was at times a sloppy game. With D'Brickashaw Ferguson to his left, Slauson felt that that the communication with the team's anchor at left tackle was solid.

"The comfort level was definitely there," Slauson said. "I think ‘Brick' and worked together really well."

During mini-camp, center Nick Mangold gave Ducasse and Slauson the advice of "stay off my toes." On Monday night, the Jets' center was held out as a precaution due to a slight injury picked up in the final days of training camp.

"My toes were safe," Mangold told "We'll see about Saturday night, no guarantees."

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