Meet the Projected Buffalo Bills 2013 Starting Offensive Line
The Projected Buffalo Bills Starting Offensive Line
In 2012, the Buffalo Bills had one of the better offensive lines in football despite only having six wins; they ran the ball for 2,217 yards which was the most since 1992 for the team. In the offseason, they lost left guard Andy Levitre who never missed a game in his four seasons with the team and seemingly proved that the “Buffalo Effect” was in full gear due to the fact that he never made a Pro Bowl.
That being said, the Bills still have the majority of their starting offensive line in tact from a year ago and have brought some players in either last season via the draft or free agency this year, to fill the open void. Having running backs like C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson will help this offensive line’s confidence in blocking and protecting.
In 2012, the Bills' passing attack was heavily scrutinized with the efforts of then quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, since it seemed like he had the time back there, but the lack of solid depth. With that being said, this offseason, the Bills overhauled their wide receiver corps greatly by letting go of two former fan favorites in David Nelson and Donald Jones. If the pass blocking protection is as good as last year with Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and Da’Rick Rogers, this year the Bills' offense could turn heads and catch several teams off-guard.
All and all, the projected starting five linemen should be a tremendous force in the run game and will provide excellent support to whoever is the quarterback.
Left Tackle: Cordy Glenn
Weight: 345 lbs.
Years Pro: 2
Cordy is an absolute monster at the left tackle position and he moves extremely gracefully for a man his size. He can both be an excellent lead blocker for the running back by road grading and clearing a path or even back pedal, and provide very good quarterback protection for his blindside.
Left Guard: Doug Legursky
Weight: 323 lbs.
Years Pro: 5
Doug Legursky is the newest member of the Buffalo Bills, and has played the last four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and seems the most likely candidate to replace Andy Levitre at left guard. Of all the players vying for this coveted spot, Legursky has the most starts of anyone on the team that isn't a starter already with 17.
Center: Eric Wood
Weight: 305 lbs.
Years Pro: 4
Going into his fourth season as a member of the Buffalo Bills, Eric Wood is seen as the leader of the offensive line. Tough and gritty is the best way to describe Wood, however, he is in a contract year and has had several injuries since coming into the league, but has battled his way back every single time.
Right Guard: Kraig Urbik
Weight: 323 lbs.
Years Pro: 4
Kraig Urbik resigned with the Buffalo Bills for four more seasons and has turned out to be an excellent player on the team after being jettisoned by the Pittsburgh Steelers prematurely. Urbik has been a pillar of strength since coming over to the Bills and will be for the immediate future.
Right Tackle: Chris Hairston
Weight: 326 lbs.
Years Pro: 3
Chris Hairston is also an extremely large road grading type of offensive linemen who has plowed holes for the Buffalo Bills running attack every time he is inserted into the lineup. With going to Clemson, he has a rapport with running back C.J. Spiller and that can only mean good things for the Bills in 2013.