2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Offensive Line

Offensive Lineman

Sam Young

Young doesn’t quite have the athleticism to play tackle, but he may be a force inside at guard. Right now, Young is my leading candidate along with guard/center Doug Legursky to be Buffalo’s starting left guard.

Young played in 12 games in 2012, starting four at right tackle and splitting time between right tackle and right guard. Even if Young doesn’t win the starting left guard spot, his versatility and experience makes him a safe bet for landing a roster spot.

Zebrie Sanders

Sanders is hoping to contribute to the Bills in 2013. As mentioned in my Sophomore Spotlight series, Sanders was placed on the injured reserve and had two hip surgeries. When Sanders was drafted, the Bills thought of Sanders as a swing tackle, but he can also play guard if the team chooses.

Sanders has plenty of upside and I’m sure Doug Marrone and his staff will work on developing Sanders into someone who can play either tackle or guard. Sanders has very slim chances of winning a starting guard spot, but he has the ability to surprise.

David Snow

Snow could play either guard or center for the Bills, but the team has a few guys like this. While Snow played in five games in 2012, starting two of them, he may have a hard time making the roster in 2013.

Hutch Eckerson

Eckerson was signed by the Bills in February of 2013. He has a really cool name, but I don’t see any way that he makes the 53-man roster.

Center

Eric Wood

Wood is the starting center, hands down. Wood is entering his contract year with the team and according to Buscaglia, the team and Wood have mutual interest in signing him to a contract extension.

Wood’s biggest issue has been his durability. In his four seasons with the team, Wood has missed 17 games. Hopefully 2013 will be the first season where Wood sees action in all 16 games.

With a new contract on the line, 2013 will be an important season for starting center Eric Wood. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Doug Legursky

Legursky is listed as a center/guard by the team, but Legursky should be in the mix to start at left guard. BBD’s Dan Hope thinks Legursky could be the Bills’ short-term answer at left guard.

There’s a good chance that’s why he was brought in. Legursky appeared in 50 games with the Steelers, starting 17 games at various interior line positions, and his playing experience will give him a great chance of landing the left guard job.

Colin Brown

Brown is another center/guard player. He is in the mix for the left guard position like Legursky, but he is more likely to backup both positions.

Brown saw significant playing time in 2011 where he played in 11 games. Last season, Brown played in only one game, starting against the 49ers at right guard. Buffalo has a lot of possibilities at guard and backup center, so while many believe Brown’s roster spot is safe, I’m not entirely convinced.

Ryan Turnley

Turnley signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent. His odds of making the 53-man roster are slim to none. If he performs well during training camp however, the team may offer him a job on their practice squad.

Additional Positional Previews:

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends/Fullbacks

Defensive Line

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Specialists

 

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Tags: Chris Hairston, Cordy Glenn, Doug Legursky, Eric Wood, Kraig Urbik, Offensive Line, Positional Previews

3 Responses to “2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Offensive Line”

  1. Glenn Gifford says:

    Nice work as usual Ryan. Looking to see how the Levitre hole is filled. Chibane intrigues me……….

    • Ryan Talbot says:

      I think at the very least Chibane is placed on the team’s practice squad. It’d be a great story if he won the right guard job but I currently think Young and Legursky are in the driver’s seat.

      • Glenn Gifford says:

        Agreed, I think Legursky wins out. I think Chibane had a 5th-6th round grade on him….he might morph intosomething serviceable down the road.


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