With the departures of Andy Levitre and Chad Rinehart, the Buffalo Bills have a hole at the left guard position. It seems as if the competition battle has come down to two players, Colin Brown and Doug Legursky. After all of their reps were split evenly so far at the early stages of camp, it shows that both men are bringing two different packages to the offensive front. The question is, who will be the Bills left guard on September 8?
Colin Brown is a 6-foot-7, 325-pound lineman that has been with Buffalo for two seasons now. He does have some experience starting at center at the end of 2011, but that was due to injuries.
Brown has dealt with position battles since his collegiate years in Missouri. Brown was a walk on and earned a starting right tackle position along with a scholarship for his junior and senior seasons. Brown is 27-years young and is a young man that focuses purely on his own game. Brown has good size and physicality to compete for the job, but Legursky isn’t going to go down without a fight.
Legursky is a smaller but still a very athletic lineman. He stands at 6-foot-1, 315 pounds. Most defensive lineman outsize Legursky, but he makes up for it with textbook technique and great awareness of his opponents.
Undrafted out of Marshall, Legursky was with the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad in 2008 and started to find some spot work in 2009. Four seasons later, he played in 50 games and started in 17 games so he does lack in experience.
Given that Legursky worked his way up to work with the starters on his third day with the Bills, the right move here is to go with Colin Brown. Lineman in these times of the NFL are built because of size and the size of Brown is just too much to pass up.