Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line

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Carolina Panthers’ Julius Peppers (90) is blocked by Buffalo Bills’ Dion Dawkins (73) in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

The Bills offensive line got a facelift this offseason.  Gone are center Eric Wood, guard Richie Incognito and tackle Cordy Glenn.

“I’d be lying if I said it didn’t matter. Some people might say that to kind of nip it in the butt and get it out the way, but those guys are great players”, said running back LeSean McCoy.

Glenn struggled with injuries last season.  Dion Dawkins played well in his absence and will be the starter at left tackle.

Ryan Groy finds himself in an interesting place and he could end up battling for the starting left guard spot or center

The other option at left guard is Vlad Ducasse. He spent a lot of the spring working with the first team. 

The starting center will come down to Groy and veteran free agent addition Russell Bodine, who brings a lot of experience to the Bills. Bodine started 64 games in four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The right side of the line is a little more predictable. Jordan Mills has started 37 games for the Bills at right tackle for the team over the last three seasons and is the front runner to win the job again. Free agent signee Marshall Newhouse is expected to push Mills for the starting job.

The right guard position is John Miller’s to lose. Miller took a step back in 2017 but will have every chance to regain his starting job.  

The offensive line remains a work in progress and how quickly they mesh together will be something to keep an eye on. 

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