I spoke to a source inside the Buffalo Bills organization and learned that fifth round draft pick Ed Wang is practicing again regularly with the team. However, despite playing offensive tackle at Virginia Tech and being projected at tackle for the NFL, Wang has been practicing exclusively as a guard with the Bills.
Wang, the first full blooded Chinese player ever drafted into the NFL, was the ninth pick (140th overall) in the fifth round in this past April’s draft. He’s yet to see any game action because of a leg injury suffered on June 4 that the team termed a high ankle injury.
The organization has remained extremely tight-lipped regarding his progress, but we’ve learned he’s physically close to being game ready.
It’s surprising to most that Wang is working at guard, especially since the team’s official list website lists him on the depth chart at tackle.
For now, Cordaro Howard is serving as the primary backup to starting tackles Demetrius Bell and Cornell Green. Mansfield Wrotto was promoted from the practice squad on Monday and will get work at tackle as well.
Kraig Urbik is currently the top interior backup to starters Andy Levitre and Eric Wood.
It appears if Wang stays at guard he’s unlikely to see the field much, if at all in 2010. Wang will have to leapfrog Urbik, similarly to how Howard did the same to Jamon Meredith at tackle, to avoid being in the press box on game days.