Bills could look to add offensive lineman

September, 3, 2013
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Walking off the practice field Sunday, Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone was asked if the team had any immediate plans to fill the open spot on its 53-man roster.

Marrone's answer? Let's wait and see.

"I've been talking to (general manager) Doug (Whaley) about it. Obviously we've been meeting," he said. "I think we have a lot of flexibility with it and we'll see where it goes."

As it turned out, the spot will be filled sooner rather than later. With rookie Dustin Hopkins suffering a groin injury in Monday's practice, the Bills are signing kicker Dan Carpenter to fill in, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

But before Hopkins' injury came to light, Marrone gave insight on one position where they felt the spot may be used.

"Right now the natural position would gravitate probably to the offensive line," Marrone said.

The Bills have eight offensive linemen on their active roster, but their top interior backup, veteran Doug Legursky, is out indefinitely with a knee injury. That leaves Buffalo with just two reserve linemen -- Thomas Welch and Sam Young -- and both are primarily tackles.

But Marrone cautioned against overlooking Young's versatility.

"I would probably label Sam Young as versatile to all four (positions)," he said, referring to Young's ability to play both guard and tackle spots. "Rather than just saying we only have three (interior linemen)."

In three seasons, Young has played 18 games, including four starts (all last season).

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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