4 questions the Buffalo Bills still need to answer before regular season

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Who is the backup center?

The hope is that the Buffalo Bills will never have to answer this question and Mitch Morse is able to play every snap this season. He has shown during his time with the Buffalo Bills to be very durable and has missed only two games over three seasons.

However, what if Morse is forced to miss time? Who is the backup that would need to step in?

The thought was that Greg Mancz would be that player but he was released. While he is back with the team on the practice squad, he wouldn’t be available during the game unless he was called up for that game.

This leaves potentially two options for the Bills among offensive linemen with some experience but neither has really started any games there. The first is Ryan Bates, who is a versatile player and one of the reasons he remained with the team for a few years.

However, this past season he showed he can make an impact as a starter and is now expected to be the starting right guard. If the Bills wanted Bates to be the replacement, the coaching staff would then need to decide who starts at right guard.

The other option would be Greg Van Roten, who was a free agent addition earlier this year. He has primarily been a guard but could also play center if the need were to arise and did some during the preseason. Neither player is necessarily ideal and the hope is that the coaching staff will not find themselves in a position where they need to answer this question.