Buffalo Bills: Offensive Line – Almost There


Aug 3, 2014; Canton, OH, USA; Buffalo Bills left tackle Seantrel Henderson (66) defends against New York Giants linebacker Spencer Adkins (49) in the 2014 Hall of Fame game at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills were handed their third defeat of the preseason yesterday from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The offense, especially int he beginning were stifled to say the least.  One change that I did noticed, and actually liked was the offensive line.  Seantrel Henderson made this change possible and I think that this will be the best thing for the Bills and their offense.

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Seantrel Henderson played phenomenal so far during this preseason at the left tackle spot.  He knew it would only be for a short time as Cordy Glenn was coming back from an undisclosed injury.  With Henderson blowing it up, and Kounadjio, our 2nd round pick, staying off balance at right guard, Henderson made the move to right tackle.  With Glenn and Henderson being like bookends at the tackle position and Eric Wood a lock at the center spot, the two question marks were the guards.  Doug Marrone made a move that was interesting but might just be crazy enough to work.

At the guard positions, it looks like Chris Williams will be the left guard and Erik Pears, former right tackle, is going to be the right guard.  At this point, the offensive line is basically made up of tackles or at least they are averaging the size of tackles.  Eric Wood is the smallest guy on the line at 6-4 310#s.  Chris Williams is next at 6-6 320#s.  The other three, Glenn, Henderson and Pears are 6-6, 6-7, and 6-8 respectively.  Weight-wise Glenn is the heaviest weighing in at 345, Henderson is at 331 and Pears the lightest of the three at 316.

Moving Pears inside, will add support to the places that he had trouble with last year.  He will not be on an island by himself in the pass blocking and get beat on the outside numerous times a game.  This move adds size to the line for the running game and will add some protection for Manuel and the passing game.

I like this move and am excited to see it in action.  With the fifth and final preseason game coming this Thursday against the Detroit Lions, which is normally reserved for all the back-ups and starters see very little action, I would not be surprised to see this offensive line in action for the first couple of series to get their timing down and get some experience together at their new positions before the season starts.