Posts Tagged ‘Offensive Linemen’

Free Agent Guards the Buffalo Bills Could Pursue This Offseason

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati could be a top target for the Buffalo Bills on the free-agent market this offseason. (Photo: Kyle Terada — USA Today Sports)

San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati could be a top target for the Buffalo Bills on the free-agent market this offseason. (Photo: Kyle Terada — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Dustin Tingue

The Buffalo Bills finished the 2013 season second in the NFL in total rushing yards, just behind the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2014, that strength became a weakness and Buffalo plummeted to 25th in rushing, averaging just under 93 yards a game. Having a banged-up group of running backs was only half the problem, as the offensive line up front—especially the guards—also struggled for most of the season.

At left guard, Chris Williams appeared in just three games before being assigned to injured reserve with a nagging back ailment. Rookie fifth-round pick Cyril Richardson started four games, but was clearly overwhelmed and eventually replaced by Kraig Urbik. At right guard, Erik Pears graded out as one of the worst players at his position in the entire league.

New head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman will surely evaluate this offseason which offensive linemen they can work with that are currently on the roster, but even with a new coaching staff on board, Doug Whaley would be wise to try and find an experienced and reliable guard in free agency to help Buffalo re-establish its run game.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Josue Matias, G, Florida State

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Josue Matias could be one of the first guards selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

Josue Matias could be one of the first guards selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Nat Jordan

Florida State interior offensive lineman Josue Matias is expected to be one of the top guards selected in the 2015 NFL draft. He opted out of this year’s Senior Bowl, taking away the opportunity for scouts to comparing him in live action alongside many of the other top senior guard prospects in this year’s class, but he still has a chance to be a high draft pick.

Currently, there aren’t any players in the NFL who were born in the Dominican Republic. Matias, who came to the U.S. at six years old, stands to be the first. A force in New Jersey high school football and then for the Seminoles, Matias has the tools to continue to be successful at the next level.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: LSU OT La’el Collins

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
La'el Collins projects as one of the 2015 NFL draft's top offensive line prospects. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

La’el Collins projects as one of the 2015 NFL draft’s top offensive line prospects. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

At the beginning of the 2014 college football season, there were three offensive tackles that found themselves at the top of many early draft rankings. However, all three have dealt with their own issues and their draft stocks have fallen.

Cedric Ogbuehi, who is following in the footsteps of recent top-six overall draft picks Texas A&M tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews (who have struggled so far in the NFL) has struggled in pass protection. Iowa’s Brandon Scherff has a history of injuries. Stanford junior Andrus Peat has shown that he may be a developmental project and a product of his system than an NFL-ready tackle. These players’ lackluster 2014 seasons could lead to another offensive tackle, LSU’s La’el Collins, shooting up draft boards.

A senior at LSU, Collins has experience playing both guard and tackle in college. According to LSU’s official athletic website, Collins measures in at 6’5″ and weighs 321 pounds. He originally started off at guard until his junior season, when he slid over to left tackle, where he has played the last two years.

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Progress Report: Can the Buffalo Bills’ Rookie Offensive Linemen Win Starting Jobs?

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
After an impressive start to his preseason, Seantrel Henderson could contend for the Bills' starting right tackle job as left tackle Cordy Glenn returns from illness. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

After an impressive start to his preseason, Seantrel Henderson could contend for the Bills’ starting right tackle job as left tackle Cordy Glenn returns from illness. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The Buffalo Bills selected three offensive linemen in the 2014 NFL Draft: Cyrus Kouandjio, Cyril Richardson and Seantrel Henderson. It appears that all three have the opportunity to carry significant roles as rookies this season. Along with veteran guard Chris Williams, the Bills added four linemen this offseason that are expected to find their way onto the 53-man roster.

Having already played in the Hall of Fame Game against the New York Giants and on Friday against the Carolina Panthers, the Bills have had two preseason games and will still play in three more, which gives the players more opportunities to demonstrate what they are capable of on the football field. Kouandjio, Richardson and Henderson all currently project as backups, but could they work their way into the starting lineup as the preseason progresses? We can take a look at what each of them has done so far and how each could fit into the team’s plans up front.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Cedric Ogbuehi could be a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but the senior offensive tackle has a long way to go in his development. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Texas A&M has had at least one player drafted among the top 10 picks in each of the past three drafts, including two offensive linemen. Another lineman, senior offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, could extend that streak in 2015.

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