Ryan Groy named Buffalo Bills starting center against the Cincinnati Bengals
Last week against the Seahawks, the Bills center of eight years Eric Wood broke his leg ending his season. It was a huge blow to the Bills offensive line. Not only are the Bills thin at center but Woods was also one of the captains on the offense. He is a well-respected veteran in the locker room and it hurts to lose a presence like that. Similar to when Kyle Williams missed time last year on the defense.
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Ryan Groy and Patrick Lewis have been battling it out this week to see who will replace Woods. Groy clearly had the advantage as he was the player who finished up the Seattle game getting 26 snaps on offense.
Combined, Groy and Lewis have started just 16 total games throughout their careers and neither have impressed much. Groy spent time on the Bears roster before being traded to the Patriots. He was waived with an injury designation by the Patriots and signed to the Tampa Bay practice squad. That’s where the Bills picked him up in 2015, and he has been on their roster ever since.
Patrick Lewis has more experience playing than Groy. He started 13 out of the total 16 combined games between both players and those were with a very good Seattle team in 2014 and 2015. He also spent time on a few teams. Before Seattle, he was on the Jaguars, Browns and Packers.
Tyrod Taylor is comfortable with Groy who has gotten most of the work this week at center.
All reports indicate that Ryan Groy will start at center on Sunday against the Bengals. That’s not the only spot where the Bills are having a competition for the starter on the offensive line. Check out the competition at right tackle on the next slide.