There’s really no way to sugarcoat it: current Buffalo left tackle Demetrius Bell was absolutely terrible in the Bills’ recent preseason loss to Denver. The Broncos generated a ton of quarterback pressure, and a lot of that was guys (rookie Von Miller especially) simply running right past Bell untouched.
Realizing that the left tackle issue could sink the entire offense, Bills coach Chan Gailey has decided to give guard Andy Levitre some snaps at the position.
“My job is to get the five best on the field,” said Gailey. “Maybe that’s our five best is playing Chad (Rinehart) at guard and Andy (Levitre) at left tackle. We’re going to take a look at it. That’s our responsibility to take a look at it and Andy is doing an excellent job. He’s a very versatile player. He’s played it before so we’ll see how it goes.”
Levitre has played a bit of tackle in the NFL, playing there in two games when the Bills’ line was decimated by injuries in 2009. He even started a game at the position. Levitre also played his final two collegiate season primarily at left tackle.
Levitre isn’t scared of the idea of moving out to tackle, claiming that he could adjust quickly: “Just some technical things that I’m not used to doing at guard that I have to do at tackle. It’s just a matter of getting some of the footwork down, muscle memory type things,” he said.
Now I’m not sure whether this move is a real possibility or just a way to light a fire under Bell, who has been a massive dissapointment thus far in the preseason. Gailey made it pretty clear that he hopes this will be a brief experiment, but he’s willing to go all the way with it: “I think it depends on both (Andy) and Demetrius how long we go with it, whether it becomes permanent or whether it becomes just something we tried for a little while.”
Translation: Figure it out Demetrius, or you’re gone.