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Closer look at Bills' highest cap hits

February, 10, 2015
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With the free-agent signing period beginning one month from Tuesday, teams continue to evaluate their standing under next season's salary cap.

The Bills are in a good spot with roughly $27 million in cap space, according to ESPN. That number, however, is fluid; the NFL's exact 2015 salary cap figure, the Bills' exact carryover from their 2014 cap and a variety other factors can affect Buffalo's cap room when the next league year opens on March 10.

In that light, here is a look at the Bills' players with the 10 highest cap hits for next season:

DE Mario Williams -- $19,000,000
DT Marcell Dareus -- $8,060,000
C Eric Wood -- $6,000,000
DT Kyle Williams -- $5,500,000
CB Leodis McKelvin -- $4,900,000
WR Sammy Watkins -- $4,530,819
CB Corey Graham -- $4,300,000
S Aaron Williams -- $3,900,000
CB Stephon Gilmore -- $3,844,957
G Kraig Urbik -- $3,675,000

Weeks after the sudden departure of Doug Marrone and couldn't-miss-it introduction of Rex Ryan, it seemed as though the Buffalo Bills had reached a lull in their offseason.

Enter Richie Incognito.

Just as quickly as Bills fans could say "circle the wagons," the Bills are back in the national headlines and on the verge of signing the free-agent guard, a source told ESPN.

This is a move that would help the Bills on the field, but it would add a layer of risk in their locker room.

From a football standpoint, it makes sense for the Bills. They're in desperate need of help at guard, and Incognito is a low-cost option to add to the mix. Expect his deal to be short-term and at a fairly low price.

If he can shake off a season and a half away from football and regain his form from 2012, when he made the Pro Bowl, he could plug one gap along an offensive line that was a leaky mess last season.

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The arrival of Incognito, 31, would mean that pending free agent Erik Pears -- who started 16 games at right guard last season after starting 16 games at right tackle in 2013 -- is a low priority for the Bills to bring back.

It also would mean that Kraig Urbik, who started the final nine games at left guard last season, could be squeezed out of a starting job and potentially off the team if the Bills deem his $3.675 million cap number too high. By releasing Urbik this spring, they would save $2.275 million off their 2015 cap, or nearly $3 million if the move happened after June 1.

Incognito would also add a layer of insurance for Chris Williams. The former first-round pick, teetering on going bust, signed a surprisingly rich four-year, $13.5 million deal with the Bills last season, only to miss part of the preseason and 13 regular-season games with a lower-back injury. Williams told me in December that he'll be ready to go for next season, but little is ever guaranteed with back injuries in football.

Signing Incognito also means that Cyril Richardson and Cyrus Kouandjio, two of the Bills' offensive-line selections in the 2014 draft, can continue to develop without having to be thrust into starting roles.

But signing Incognito would come with a lot more than just his on-field production. He was named among the NFL's dirtiest players in a poll of players conducted by Sporting News, and that was before a 2013 bullying scandal that altered the careers of Incognito and fellow Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin.

Suspended eight games by the NFL in the midst of the controversy, Incognito's behavior spawned a 144-page report following an NFL investigation. Among the findings was a 2013 voicemail in which Incognito referred to Martin by a racial slur and added, "I'll kill you."

How would Incognito be received in the Bills' locker room? Few of Incognito's teammates remain from his brief stint with the Bills in 2009, but one of them -- center Eric Wood -- is a team captain. To an extent, he defended Incognito back in 2013.

"He gets on me. I get on him. But I can take it. I have respect for Richie; he has respect for me," Wood said at the height of the controversy. "It sounds really weird to outside people, but it's part of the culture. Guys give people a hard time. Especially O-lines that are really close. But you really have to get a feel for guys. As a leader of a football team especially, just a case of misjudgment, I believe."

Wood could be a potential ally for Incognito within the locker room, and there would likely be other teammates who believe Incognito's ribbing was misunderstood or blown out of proportion. Sensitive to how the situation exploded in 2013, it would be reasonable to assume that Incognito would avoid the same sort of actions that nearly ended his NFL career.

Yet it would also be naive to think that Incognito would be a model citizen, or that every player in the Bills' locker room would side with the decision to bring Incognito aboard. If his signing disrupts the cohesion of the locker room, then that would trump the impact he could have on the field.

That's why, in an offseason when the Bills have already added an outspoken head coach, bringing Incognito into the fold could be adding gunpowder to a powder keg.

But if Ryan truly meant that he wanted to "build a bully" in Buffalo, then he's got his guy.
Continuing a position-by-position look at the Buffalo Bills' roster with an eye toward free agency and the draft:

Position: Offensive line

Glenn
2014 snaps:
Stat of note: Bills runners gained an average of 2.22 yards before contact on runs to the left side of the line (30th in the NFL), 1.65 yards before contact on runs up the middle (31st in the NFL) and 2.8 yards before contact on runs to the right side of the line (18th in the NFL).

Pending free agents: Pears (unrestricted), Hairston (restricted)

2015 cap hits (position rank):
  • Wood: $6 million (46th in NFL)
  • Urbik: $3.675 million (74th in NFL)
  • Williams: $3.35 million (77th in NFL)
  • Glenn: $1.548 million
  • Cyrus Kouandjio: $1.092 million
  • Richardson: $558,000
  • Henderson: $522,700
  • Alex Kupper: $510,000
  • William Campbell: $510,000
  • D.J. Morrell: $435,000
  • Darryl Johnson: $435,000
Money line: The Bills have less than $17 million committed to their 2015 salary cap for offensive linemen, well below the league average of about $22 million. They've been able to save money at the position because of Glenn, who enters the final year of his rookie deal. He's not an elite left tackle but the Bills aren't paying him anywhere near that sort of money, which opens up the ability to spend at other positions.

Market watch: Pending free-agent guards include Mike Iupati, Rob Sims, Dan Connolly, Paul Fanaika, Davin Joseph, Clint Boling, Orlando Franklin, Mike McGlynn, Daryn Colledge and Will Montgomery. Pending free-agent tackles include Doug Free, Bryan Bulaga, Derek Newton, and Byron Bell. Pending free-agent centers include Dominic Raiola, Stefen Wisniewski, Jonathan Goodwin, Samson Satele and Rodney Hudson.

Draft need: Moderate -- The Bills just drafted three offensive linemen last season, so they might not have room to add more than one more in the draft this spring. Still, they need the help. Urbik, whose play last season didn't justify his salary next season, is a candidate to be released, which would open up a roster spot. With Glenn entering the final year of his deal and Kouandjio potentially moving to guard, it wouldn't hurt for the Bills to draft a tackle.

Scout's take: "The right side is bad. I had hopes for Henderson after watching him in the preseason but I thought he had a really rough year. I think Pears is just a guy. Outside of quarterback -- which I don't think they'll be able to properly address this year -- I think right tackle is their biggest need. ... It's a pretty deep guard draft for power players. That might be a good move for them. I never understood the Williams signing from the start. I didn't think he was a good player before he got to Buffalo. I don't think he's a tackle. I don't think he's a guard. I wouldn't count on him at all. I can live with Urbik as a starting guard, though." -- ESPN NFL scout Matt Williamson

Quote of note: "[Kouandjio] had a slow start of camp and he fell behind. ... There were some mitigating circumstances because of that, but once he settled in and got comfortable, he started moving around and looking like the player we saw coming out of Alabama. We're excited to see him next year, and it's going to be interesting." -- Bills general manager Doug Whaley to Syracuse.com's Matthew Fairburn, during the 2015 Senior Bowl.
In Buffalo, Jim Kelly's word is gold.

It's notable, then, when the Hall of Fame quarterback put out a statement Tuesday endorsing the Buffalo Bills' hire of Rex Ryan as their next head coach.

Here is Kelly's statement, posted along with a picture of him and Ryan on Jill Kelly's Instagram page:
I am very excited about the hiring of Rex Ryan not only because of his coaching ability but also because of how he works with players and how players work for and respect him. He now has very talented players to go with the enthusiasm he brings to the locker room. I'm looking forward to seeing what he does on the offensive side of the ball. I'm also excited about Rex Ryan's determination to bring winning football back to the RALPH, to the amazing Bills fans and to the great city and people of Buffalo! GO BILLS!

Kelly's reaction comes on the heels of several current Bills players chiming in on Twitter this week about the hires of Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman:

Minutes after the Buffalo Bills announced that coach Doug Marrone had opted out of his contract and won't return next season, players began to react to the stunning development.

Here is a sampling:

DETROIT -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Buffalo Bills' 38-3 win over the New York Jets:

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Marrone
Doug Marrone gives game ball to emergency crews: After the game, Bills coach Doug Marrone gave a ceremonial game ball to all of the first responders in Erie County who assisted during last week's snow emergency in Buffalo. There were none present in the locker room, but Marrone held up the ball for his players.

Bills thank Lions: The Lions stepped up to host Monday's game, even going as far to paint the Bills' logos on the Ford Field turf and to set up a temporary locker room at their facility. Marrone thanked them after the game. "I don't think we would have been as prepared if it wasn't how they opened their arms up this week to do everything to help us," he said.

Radio station gets mentioned: The crowd at Monday's game was decidedly pro-Bills, despite representation from fans of just about every other NFL team. Earlier in the week, a Detroit radio station tried to rally fans to root for the Jets (and against former Lions coach Jim Schwartz), something Eric Wood heard about. "A little insensitive, given the circumstances," Wood said. "But I don't want to make too big a deal about it. I don't know how much of the city they truly represent."

Unprompted, Marrone also brought up the radio station's campaign. "I know there was a radio station trying to garner up a bunch of green out or something like that. We had heard that," he explained. "Obviously you get concerned about, 'Is there going to be a home field?' and things like that. 'Do you get ready for a silent count?' All of the sudden, as soon as I came out and looked to the right and saw all the blue jerseys, I was like, 'Holy cow, baby. Here we go. We got the crowd.' That was a little bit of a relief for me in the beginning of the game."
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- In a span of just five days, the Buffalo Bills have gone from contenders to pretenders.

Dropping back-to-back games this week -- the latest a 22-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night -- has set Buffalo back in a way that relegates the AFC East's third-place team to the fringes of the NFL's playoff picture.

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Brad Barr/USA TODAY SportsA failure to protect Kyle Orton contributed to the Bills' offensive woes, center Eric Wood said.
In short, the wheels have come off the Bills' season.

Now 5-5, the Bills have little hope of overtaking the New England Patriots for the division title. Meanwhile, their chances for a wild-card berth are fading. With a 2-5 conference record and their head-to-head advantage over the Dolphins gone with Thursday night's loss, the Bills might need a miracle to win a tiebreaker against the other teams in the hunt.

There is little mistaking how the Bills have arrived in this unfortunate spot. Much like in their 17-13 loss Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Bills made the touchdown seem like a lost art in Miami. Held out of the end zone by the Dolphins, Buffalo has now gone 21 consecutive possessions without a touchdown.

You can't win that way, and you certainly can't get into the postseason like that.

The promise that Kyle Orton showed by kicking off his stint -- however long it might last -- as the Bills' starting quarterback with a 3-1 record has evaporated. His completion percentage has hovered at or below 60 percent in each of his past three games, and while Orton hasn't thrown an interception in that span, he's done little to inspire confidence.

Orton's Total QBR is 38.7, which is the fourth-lowest among qualifying quarterbacks. Only Austin Davis, Geno Smith and Blake Bortles have been worse by that measure this season.

Asked after the game if Orton could turn it around in time to save the Bills' season, center Eric Wood stood up for his quarterback.

"I'm very confident," Wood responded succinctly.

But why?

"I knew you were going to ask that," Wood said. "He's an experienced player. He's made a lot of plays in this league. As he plays, the rapport with his receivers will keep getting better and better. And we gotta do a better job of protecting him."

Coach Doug Marrone said that the thought of going back to EJ Manuel hasn't crossed his mind. It's hard to blame him; the Bills weren't going anywhere with Manuel at the helm earlier this season.

But where are they heading now? It's looking more and more like the Bills have two backup quarterbacks on their roster -- and no starter.

It doesn't matter how many sacks the defensive line racks up -- they tallied another five Thursday night -- or how much big league talent Sammy Watkins flashes. Without a quarterback, the Bills are stuck in the mud.

There are only six games remaining and precious time is slipping away for the Bills. They'll get a reprieve when they return home next week to host the New York Jets (2-8). But after that, watch out.

Playing four of their five games against winning teams and two of those on the road -- against the Denver Broncos and the Patriots -- the Bills have a steep, challenging path to the playoffs.

For a team that was as much a contender a week ago as any other, the Bills have unraveled in just five days. Until proven otherwise, they're pretenders, not contenders.

Bills, home crowd prove hard to beat

September, 14, 2014
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- How do you measure excitement?

Ticket prices soaring higher than most can remember? Parking lots full hours before the game? Players stuck in traffic driving to the stadium?

By any means, the buzz around the Buffalo Bills was off the charts Sunday. From news that Terry and Kim Pegula reached an agreement to buy the team, to Jim Kelly capturing the crowd's emotion with a pregame speech in memory of late owner Ralph Wilson, there was a confluence of factors that made the Bills and their fans hard to beat.

Just ask the Miami Dolphins, whom the Bills trounced, 29-10.

"They had a lot of intensity," Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace said. "We weren't close to their intensity. That's why they won the football game. They did a good job of playing football but their intensity was so much higher than ours that I think that's why they won the game, honestly."

It had been expected all week. Defensive captain Kyle Williams -- who said earlier in the week he couldn't wait until Sunday's game, simply because of the growing fever around it -- knew the Bills had to harness the atmosphere at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

"I told the guys before, 'Feed off the crowd, but don't let it overcome you,'" Williams explained. "Don't become so enthralled with the emotion and the energy that you let it overcome you and run what you're doing."

For some players, just getting to the facility was a challenge. Coach Doug Marrone said he was concerned that players wouldn't arrive on time because of the earlier-than-usual traffic. And he was right -- center Eric Wood encountered stand-still cars four hours before the game.

"That's the most traffic I've fought -- I apologize to all the people I cut off in traffic, coming off [Route] 219 -- because I skipped about a hundred cards," Wood said. "I tried to ask somebody to let me in, and they wouldn't. And then I had to say [tight end] Scott Chandler, who was in the back seat of my truck, I said, 'He'll give you an autograph!'

"But I'll tell you what: that's the most traffic that we've fought. And the crowd showed up. Everybody talks about how loud Seattle is ... when it's as loud as it is out there today, it's deafening."

While the festivities before the game were a start, CEO Russ Brandon expected the fun to last into the night.

"From the teamwork that went into making all this culminate, to the sale this week, and to cap it off today," Brandon said." There will be a pretty good party in this town tonight."

Spikes, Graham among Bills' captains

September, 1, 2014
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The Buffalo Bills announced six team captains Monday for the upcoming season.

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Linebacker Brandon Spikes and cornerback Corey Graham were both named captains. Defensive end Mario Williams is also a first-time captain.

The three remaining captains are the same from last season: running back Fred Jackson, center Eric Wood and defensive tackle Kyle Williams.

A notable absence among the captains? Quarterback EJ Manuel, who enters his second season.

Captains are selected by voting among teammates.

Bills Camp Report: Day 32

August, 20, 2014
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PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Buffalo Bills training camp:
  • Another day, another practice where receiver Sammy Watkins suited up but wasn't a full participant. Watkins was in full pads, taking part in warm-up drills and stretching before watching the rest of the practice from the sideline. Coach Doug Marrone said the Bills' medical staff hasn't made a decision on Watkins' status for Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At this point, it doesn't make sense to play Watkins unless he's completely healthy. The opener in Chicago is most important.
  • Tempers flared for some of the players who did practice. The highlight (lowlight?) of practice was a brawl in the end zone during a goal-line drill. Center Eric Wood, a team captain, and defensive end Bryan Johnson, an undrafted rookie, were at the center of it initially before it spilled off to the side. At one point, tight end Scott Chandler had to be restrained from Johnson. The language used between some of the players wasn't too family-friendly.
  • Cornerback Leodis McKelvin had just seemed to ramp his participation up to normal levels this week when he left Wednesday's practice with a groin injury. It's unclear if McKelvin will be available for Saturday's game. It has to be frustrating for McKelvin, who has taken several months to recover from offseason hip surgery and also dealt with a hamstring injury early last season. However, the Bills have some depth at cornerback to withstand any long-term blow.
  • It was another sharp day for quarterback EJ Manuel, who has been running against the scout team defense this week in practice. He went 11-for-15 in full-team drills, delivering his passes on-time and accurately on mostly shorter routes.
  • After Jeff Tuel received 26 snaps and Thad Lewis saw nine reps Tuesday, the two backup quarterbacks switched Wednesday. Lewis was the first to replace Manuel and finished practice with 25 snaps (compared to 33 for Manuel). Tuel had nine. Coaches are still giving both players a chance to win the backup job, but Tuel appears to be the front-runner. It wouldn't be surprising if he saw more reps Thursday.
  • Linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (torn patella) was placed on injured reserve, and cornerbacks Mario Butler (ankle) and Bobby Felder (groin), as well as safety Jonathan Meeks (neck) were held out of practice. Tight end Tony Moeaki (hamstring) continues to be limited; he spent team drills working with trainers on a side field.
  • The Bills will wrap up training camp at St. John Fisher College with a practice Thursday afternoon. They are off Friday before playing the Buccaneers on Saturday.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- It's the 31st day of Buffalo Bills training camp, but players aren't holding anything back.

Defensive end Bryan Johnson, an undrafted rookie, got tangled up with center Eric Wood in a goal-line drill near the end of Wednesday's practice, sparking what became the Bills' largest fight of camp.

Johnson appeared to throw punches at Wood before Wood's teammate, left guard Chris Williams, took some swings back at Johnson. The scuffle moved toward the sideline, where Johnson went to the ground with tight end Scott Chandler:



As teammates swarmed around, Chandler had to be held back by assistant strength and conditioning coach Eric Ciano.

"It's a situation where I thought it was just kind of unnecessary," Chandler said. "I don't know if it's always productive. I think we would have been like to have been able to finish our goal-line work with all the one's in there."

Coach Doug Marrone took a similar stance about the incident.

"I don’t think there's a place in this game for any kind of scuffles, you know?" Marrone said. "It’s not part of the game; therefore, I don't want to speak about it. It hurts the integrity of our game the more we talk about it. That's how I feel about fighting."
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- One of the highlights of Buffalo Bills training camp practices in full pads are one-on-one pass-rush drills.

The concept is simple: A coach stands where the quarterback would, and, on a whistle, one offensive lineman tries to keep a defensive lineman at bay.

It's a chance for coaches to assess technique on both sides of the ball. It's also a drill where one rep can vary significantly from the last. But when viewed as a whole, trends develop.

We kept track of "wins" and "losses" -- these are judgment calls, sometimes -- in Sunday's drill. Here are the highlights of the results, noting that each player didn't receive the same amount of reps:

Winners:
Losers:
  • DT Stefan Charles -- He received the most reps of any player -- five, total -- but didn't stand out. I wouldn't read too much into it, but it wasn't his best day.
  • LG Chris Williams -- He had a tough task against Kyle Williams, but we also recorded a loss for Chris Williams against Corbin Bryant.
  • DT Landon Cohen -- Journeyman vet had trouble penetrating against Legursky and MacPherson.
  • DE Manny Lawson -- He has looked better as a pass rusher in live drills, but in one-on-one work Lawson was kept at bay by Kouandjio and Erik Pears.

Counting the Bills: Offensive line

July, 11, 2014
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Continuing a series analyzing the economics of the Buffalo Bills' roster, position by position:

Position: Offensive line

Total cap value: $22,525,875
Compared to NFL average: 4.6 percent less
NFL positional rank: 20th

Portion of Bills' total cap number: 16.3 percent

2014 cap numbers:
Eric Wood: $5.95 million (4th on Bills, 36th among NFL offensive linemen)
Erik Pears: $3.45 million (Bills: 11th; NFL: 64th)
Kraig Urbik: $3.375 million (Bills: 12th; NFL: 66th)
Chris Williams: $2.4 million (Bills: 18th; NFL: 92nd)
Cordy Glenn: $1.326 million (Bills: 26th; NFL: 135th)
Doug Legursky: $1.1 million (Bills: 28th; NFL: 142nd)
Cyrus Kouandjio: $874,331 (Bills: 32nd; NFL: 160th)
Chris Hairston: $748,977 (Bills: 34th; NFL: 174th)
Mark Asper: $570,000 (Bills: tied for 47th; NFL: tied for 242nd)
J.J. Unga: $495,000 (Bills: tied for 59th; NFL: tied for 297th)
Antoine McClain: $495,000 (Bills: tied for 59th; NFL: tied for 297th)
Cyril Richardson: $468,000 (Bills: 68th; NFL: 337th)
Seantrel Henderson: $432,700 (Bills: 70th; NFL: 350th)
Macky MacPherson: $420,000 (Bills: tied for 78th; tied for 402nd)
Edawn Coughman: $420,000 (Bills: tied for 78th; tied for 402nd)

Average per year:
Wood: $6.9 million (4th on Bills, tied for 25th among NFL offensive linemen)
Urbik: $3.65 million (Bills: 12th; NFL: 65th)
Williams: $3.287 (Bills: 13th; NFL: 72nd)
Pears: $3.1 million (Bills: tied for 14th; NFL: 78th)
Glenn: $1.216 million (Bills: 25th; NFL: 137th)
Kouandjio: $1.202 million (Bills: 26th; NFL: 138th)
Legursky: $1 million (Bills: tied for 31st; NFL: tied for 150th)
Hairston: $645,000 (Bills: tied for 41st; NFL: tied for 224th)
Richardson: $603,000 (Bills: 46th; NFL: 241st)
Henderson: $567,700 (Bills: 53rd; NFL: 275th)
Asper: $525,000 (Bills: tied for 59th; NFL: tied for 300th)
MacPherson: $510,000 (Bills: tied for 68th; NFL: tied for 354th)
Unga: $495,000 (Bills: tied for 77th; NFL: tied for 397th)
McClain: $495,000 (Bills: tied for 77th; NFL: tied for 397th)
Coughman: $465,000 (Bills: tied for 84th; NFL: tied for 433rd)

Most overpaid: Pears and Urbik. The Bills had problems on the right side of their line last season, where Urbik (right guard) and Pears (right tackle) were positioned. The pair of veterans both face stiff competition this summer, especially after the Bills drafted Kouandjio (second round), Richardson (fifth round) and Henderson (seventh round). In addition, Hairston looked to be pushing for a starting job during OTAs and minicamp this spring. Pears, 32, is in the final season of his three-year extension and the Bills can avoid paying his $2.75 million base salary by cutting him before Week 1. If Urbik loses his starting job, he'll be among the most overpaid Bills. He has three years left on his deal, meaning the Bills will have eat some money if they keep him on the bench or cut him, the latter of which is unlikely.

Most underpaid: Glenn. There's nothing that can be done about Glenn's contract until after this season, as he and the Bills will have to wait until after his third year to renegotiate his contract. He was arguably the Bills' best lineman last season, and with another strong season will be at the top of the list for an extension.
In a story posted Tuesday morning to MMQB.com, former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen revealed that he suffered a stroke in last December's loss to the Buffalo Bills and will not play again.

Allen says he first felt the symptoms of the stroke after colliding with Bills center Eric Wood in that game.

Wood took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to react:

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Williamson's take: Offensive line

February, 3, 2014
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We recently chatted with ESPN NFL Insider Matt Williamson, a former scout for the Cleveland Browns, about a variety of Bills topics.

Next, we'll take a closer look at the Bills' offensive line:

Overall: "The Bills really need a guard. Their guard play, I thought, was really poor, especially when [Colin] Brown was in there. And [Doug] Legursky is a center. He's a gritty, backup center. I think it would go a long way if they had one more starting-caliber guard, because I think the tackles are good enough and [Eric] Wood is a good center."

On Kraig Urbik: "Urbik's played well. I think he's quality. But they need one more [guard]. I think if Urbik was their second guard, if he wasn't the best guard on the roster, then he's the second guard. He's a big boy, a mauler, a typical Wisconsin lineman that busted out here in Pittsburgh but has really done a much better job in the second half of his career."

On drafting a guard: "No, I don't think there is one. Like, last year there was [Jonathan] Cooper and [Chance] Warmack. There's not a guy to even consider there."

On drafting a tackle: "I'm not sure what name pops up to me. I think [Greg] Robinson and [Jake] Matthews will both be gone. It's a little far away to project that right now, who would be next. I think [Cordy] Glenn would be a great right tackle. He's a good left tackle, but he would be a great right tackle. If a left tackle was sitting there [at ninth overall], that would be interesting."

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