Friday, September 6, 2013
Grading the Bills' 53: Offensive line
By Mike Rodak
Now that the Buffalo Bills have set their 53-man roster, we'll break it down, position by position:
Personnel: Cordy Glenn, Colin Brown, Eric Wood, Kraig Urbik, Erik Pears, Doug Legursky (injured), Thomas Welch, Sam Young (Practice squad: Mark Asper, Edawn Coughman)
Talent: C+. With Wood, the Bills have one of the best centers in football. Glenn enters his second season and looks to take the next step, but his ceiling is still a bit of an unknown, while Urbik provides a building block at right guard. Left guard and right tackle can both be upgraded. It's a better offensive line than in recent seasons for the Bills, but still average among NFL teams.
Depth: D+. This is a significant concern for the Bills. With Legursky out of action for at least several weeks, they are dangerously thin along the interior of their line. Welch and Young are both younger pieces at tackle, but would be practice squad candidates on most other teams. The Bills sifted through upwards of 15 offensive linemen in training camp and did not come away with much. It'll be a position to address in the draft next spring.
Reliability: B. Glenn is the youngest starter on what is a relatively experienced position group for the Bills. They can expect consistent play out of Wood, Urbik, and Pears. It remains to be seen whether Brown can step in for Andy Levitre at left guard and provide a reliable presence over 16 games.