Entering the 2017 NFL Season, the Buffalo Bills have plenty of decisions to make before the start of the season. With training camp and the preseason now just around the corner, it will be interesting to see how these on and off the field decisions are made and what effect they are likely to have on the short term future in Buffalo.
As it pertains to the team’s roster for the upcoming season, decisions are quickly looming with roster cuts and depth chart moves likely to come. Continuing our new series, we will take a look each day at a positional group on the Buffalo Bills roster and what the outlook appears to be as well as make our own predictions on how things will turn out.
Continuing our new series today, we will take a look at what the future holds for the Buffalo Bills at the offensive tackle position.
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Starters: Cordy Glenn (LT) and Jordan Mills (RT)
Given the suspension of one of the below listed players, the Buffalo Bills seem to be locked in at who will be starting the season at offensive tackle. With Cordy Glenn anchoring the line from the left tackle position, Jordan Mills seems to have a lock on the right tackle spot. However, given the line’s inconsistent play last season, Mills could still be open to challenge late in the preseason.
Should these two players be the ones who eventually line up come Week 1 of the season, no one will be able to say that the edges of the line lack experience. Again though, a strong performance during the preseason will put a lot of fears at ease when it comes to thinking about the offensive tackle position.
Backups: Dion Dawkins and Michael Ola
Getting one veteran backup into the fold, Michael Ola will once again look to be the lead backup for the offensive tackles on this roster. However, I have my doubts that Ola can maintain his hold as the number one backup. Drafting Dion Dawkins this past spring, the Bills have already allowed Dawkins to play in the first team during practice.
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Heck, Dawkins may even challenge Jordan Mills for the starting right tackle spot this season should he turn in a strong preseason performance. That said, I still see Dawkins starting the season as the team’s number one offensive tackle backup, potentially replacing Mills should he struggle to remain consistent this season.
Wildcard: Seantrel Henderson
Suspended ten games by the NFL earlier in the offseason, Seantrel Henderson would have been in competition for the backup role had he not been suspended by the league. Considering he will be out of action for ten games, I could personally see Henderson being cut before or during the preseason. However, if he isn’t cut, it could affect the final player on this list’s chance of making the team.
Up in the air: Cameron Jefferson
Entering his second year in the league, Cameron Jefferson is one player I just can’t put my finger on. Depending on how the Henderson situation turns out, Jefferson could easily make the roster, make the practice squad or just plain be cut by the Buffalo Bills before the start of the season.