Cody Ford fought through a tough rookie season running a platoon role with veteran tackle Ty Nsekhe. Even though, many were clamoring for Ford to switch inside and play guard the coaching staff stuck with him at tackle. Ford was susceptible to being torched by fast, twitchy edge rushers where he struggled to beat them to the outside.
Beane and McDermott have remained confident that Ford will remain at tackle and with Nsekhe not getting any younger this looks like Fords spot to lose. Some snaps fans watch Ford looks exceptional, usually mauling defenders in the run game with his physical style, and also having some nice reps on passing downs. This should be enough of a sample size to believe he still can play tackle at the NFL level.
According to PFF, Ford allowed seven sacks last season, giving up the ninth most in the whole NFL despite only playing around 70 percent of snaps. While his competition in Nsekhe didn’t surrender a sack the whole year, but also played half the snaps Ford played.
With Buffalo’s confidence in Ford, there is no reason why he can’t have a great second season in the NFL. After having a full, yet different, offseason to adjust Ford should be able to work on some of his weaknesses and improve heading into a big year in 2020.