OT Marshall Newhouse
Much like Gaines, Marshall Newhouse was brought in by general manager Beane to provide depth at a position of need. By the Bills choosing to move on from oft-injured tackle Cordy Glenn and deciding not to re-sign Seantrel Henderson, vacancies opened up and Newhouse seemed like a logical fit.
Heck, upon signing with Buffalo, the eight-year veteran from TCU even reached out to his ex-college teammate and current Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes on Twitter to get their training camp living arrangements in order:
The problem is that Mr. Newhouse is a poor football player. He possesses below average lateral agility and is not adept to handling blitzes and stunts, that will assuredly be thrown his way. However, Newhouse’s path to roster survival looks to be a tad less challenging than the other veterans I’ve listed above.
With incumbents Dion Dawkins and Jordan Mills likely lining up as the team’s starting tackles, this leaves two spots are up for grabs. The team seemed to like what they saw from practice squad giants Conor McDermott and De’Ondre Wesley to keep in the fold for another year. They also decided to roll the dice on undrafted free agents with cool names: Ike Boettger and Gerhard De Beer.
Only time will tell if the Bills can strike lightning in a bottle with any of these youngsters, but let’s hope that they do. Having Newhouse playing any kind of significant minutes this season could very well render some painful results.