Bills need to shore up middle of the OL

Posted on April 27, 2010 by Patrick Moran

Chester Pitts Buffalo Sports DailyNow that the NFL draft has at long last come and gone, we have a strong idea of what the 2010 Buffalo Bills roster will be comprised of.

Buzz around league circles, as one would figure revolves around not focusing on quarterback and left tackle in the draft; the two positions of most perceived need. But for better or worse the organization is determined to head into the season with what they got. If nothing else they have strength of numbers in each spot.  They currently have four quarterbacks (Trent Edwards, Brian Brohm, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Levi Brown) on the roster and a slew of offensive tackles (Cornell Green, Demetrius Bell, Jamon Meredith, Kirk Chambers, Andre Ramsey, Jason Watkins and Ed Wang).

Quantity over quality is pretty much the standard, at least for this season.

General manager Buddy Nix has said all along after the draft he would continue to (very) selectively add through free agency, but for fans looking for Alan Faneca or Adalius Thomas Orchard Park sightings are very likely barking up the wrong tree.

When the Bills add bodies anywhere via free agency it’s mostly to come as depth for the middle part of their offensive line, a portion of the unit woefully thin at this time.  The Bills have last year’s starting center Geoff Hangartner and both guards, Andy Levitre and Eric Wood back.  After that this roster contains next to nothing, at least in terms of proven production.

Seth McKinney, Kendall Simmons and Richie Incognito were all with the team during parts of last year, but the team moved on from all of them.  Chambers has played guard some during his time here but his performance was frequently disastrous.

As of now the Bills interior depth consists of Christian Gaddis, who’s spent most of his two seasons on the practice squad, and seventh round rookie selection Kyle Calloway, who will try to convert from tackle to guard.

The Bills did sign four undrafted free agents immediately after the draft; Cordaro Howard, Sean Allen, Jorge Guerra and Kyle Mutcher.  I highly doubt Chan Gailey is counting on any making the opening day active roster; perhaps one or two make the practice squad, but that’s likely it.

It’s almost certain the Bills will turn to at least one and maybe two free agents to provide depth in the interior.  Keep in mind it’s not even a lock that Wood will be fully recovered from his broken leg this year. It’s a big reason why Wade Smith was the first free agent Nix brought in once free agency started, though he ultimately signed with Houston.

Chester Pitts (Houston) has plenty of starting experience and assuming the knee he had surgery on last year checks out, should be at the top of their wish list.

Kynan Forey (Jacksonville), Montrae Holland (Dallas) and Keydrick Vincent (Carolina) are three low-key veterans who could come in and provide help.

Maybe they consider bringing McKinney back, or dare I even suggest the return of Duke Preston? (Sorry— bad joke)

One thing remains certain—the Bills need to do something to shore up the middle of line.

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  2. Matt

    Come on! - At least they have 2 starter quality players for the 3 interior line positions (assuming Wood will take a while to heal). However, they have no starting quality tackles! Green was awful for the pathetic Raiders (who now look much better than the Ills on paper) and the rest of those guys are backups at best. At this point in the season every team has 75-80 players on their roster, so all teams have quantity. However, unlike the Ills, many also have far more quality - especially the other 3 teams in the division! 3-13 in 2010!

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