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By Brandon J. Koch
Throughout training camp and preseason games, the Buffalo Bills offensive line has been a struggling . Normally, a strength of the team, now has its own problems.
The running game has been good this preseason, but it’s the pass protection that has been a big time concern.
Yes, quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been so-so, but the offensive line has been giving Taylor little time to make plays.
I’m thinking between this third preseason game Saturday and September 10th, they will get it together. Take a look at what needs to improve and what the Bills have within the trenches.
Cordy Glenn: I guess you can say now with Sammy Gone, he’s the second most important player on this offense. Glenn has been dealing with a foot injury and is week to week, he received a shot in Wisconsin last week. In 397 pass snaps last year, Glenn only gave up one sack. Tyrod Taylor’s blindside needs to get better quickly or it will be a long haul problem for this offense.
Eric Wood: The 31- year old is entering the final year of his contract and coming off ACL surgery. He can still be a top center in this league. He has shown signs of struggling this summer, but I’m guessing it’s just getting back into the swing of it.
Richie Incognito: Pro Football Focus gave him the best grades out of any offensive linemen on the Bills last year. He had a grade of 88.8 pass blocking, and 84 run blocking. He will have another solid season.
John Miller: A totally different player from year one to year two. Miller played well at time last season. He needs to get better in pass protection as he has had rough patches this summer. Last season he gave up 4 sacks on 33 total pressures.
Jordan Mills: This camp and preseason has not been kind to Mills and he has gotten plenty of snaps to show it. He needs to pick up his play or he can find his way to being cut. Mills gave up 8 sacks and 57 QB pressures over 596 pass blocking snaps last season, according to PFF. That’s 4th most of any tackle.
Dion Dawkins: The rookie has had his share of problems. He has been battling with Jordan Mills at right tackle and now with Glenn out, has been playing left tackle. I believe he will be a good player in his career, just going through growing pains.