Projected starter: Russell Bodine
The battle to replace Eric Wood will be between Russell Bodine and the returning Ryan Groy. Bodine will get the edge here as he has significant starting experience while in Cincinnati. Not only will his experience help, but the built in chemistry to AJ McCarron may also come into play.
No matter what, the Bills will have a very inexperienced starter at quarterback come Week 1. Bodine’s experience will help the new QB with audibles, switches and mid-drive adjustments.
The negative to Bodine is that he is a bit older, and isn’t going to be the long-term solution at center, something Groy could represent if he starts this season.
Name to watch – Ryan Groy
As mentioned above, this is only a two-person competition. Groy didn’t allow a sack during his limited starting experience a few seasons ago when he replaced Eric Wood. However, Groy is still a little undersized for a NFL center, and his versatility makes him valuable as a multi-purpose reserve.
Remember, the offensive line is about the mix of talent, not always the “best” player at each position individually. During OTAs and minicamp, Groy has gotten his reps in competing for center, but still gets guard reps. This is a player who may compete for a starting guard spot, but more likely than not would remain the top reserve at both guard and center on gameday.