The Buffalo Bills learned the hard way last season that there’s no such thing as having enough depth in the NFL. Injuries hit the team hard on both sides of the ball, but no part of their roster was more thinly stretched by the end of the season than their offensive line.
At various points throughout the year, Kraig Urbik, Chad Rinehart, Cordy Glenn, Eric Wood, Chris Hairston, Andy Levitre, and Eric Pears all missed time due to injury. This list is long enough without considering that some of the unit’s most consistent and vital performers (Urbik, Levitre, Wood) were out for extended periods of time. It was clear at the beginning of this offseason that the Bills needed to make it a priority to bolster their depth along the offensive line.
So far, the front office has done no such thing. After letting arguably their best guard walk in Andy Levitre, the Bills failed to draft a single offensive lineman in April. Now, with training camp looming, the team finally seems to be addressing the issue.
It was reported on Tuesday that Buffalo was playing host to two free agent linemen: Doug Legursky and Tyronne Green. Both are veteran players that have consistently produced when given the opportunity.
These meetings are a step in the right direction for Buffalo, but even they may not be enough. Injuries aren’t something you can plan for in the NFL, but if last season taught the organization anything, it’s that you can never be too prepared. The Bills should do everything they possibly can to add depth at what has recently been their most injury-riddled position.