Following Andy Levitre’s departure, second-year left tackle Cordy Glenn will become a leader of the offensive line this season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)
BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot
Offensive line isn’t a sexy position in general, but Buffalo’s offensive line has been unheralded in recent seasons. Last season, Pro Football Focus (subscription required) ranked the team fourth in the league in pass blocking with a +45.2 rating and first in the league in 2011 with a +66.3 rating.
Simply put, the Bills have kept their quarterback upright. In 2012, the Bills ranked 10th in the league with 30 sacks allowed and in 2011, they led the NFL with only 23 sacks allowed.
As for run blocking, the Bills didn’t do as well, according to PFF. In 2012 they ranked 21st in the league with -2.3 rating and 15th in 2011 with a -2.7 rating. Bills running backs however have had their fair share of success, so the offensive line is certainly providing C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson with their fair share of opportunities.
For the Bills line to continue being so effective in 2013, the team will have to adequately replace Andy Levitre, their best lineman over the last two seasons, at left guard. Levitre, of course, left via free agency for the Tennessee Titans.
Can the Bills replace Levitre? Will the team continue to thrive in pass protection? It will all depend on the ability of the team’s returning offensive linemen and new additions to step up.
In the following look at the Bills’ roster of offensive linemen, players are listed under their Buffalo Bills roster position. Players listed simply as “OL” can typically play multiple positions.