With half of a new turnaround in the trenches, the Buffalo Bills face themselves with opportunities of open completion. Eric Wood and Richie Incognito are gone from the team, and the right side of Jordan Mills and Vladimir Ducasse struggled heavily last season. The only position that is solidified as of now is left tackle with an uprising sophomore in Dion Dawkins.
Assuming Dawkins keeps up his protection, it can be argued that every other offensive line position is up for grabs. John Miller will have an opportunity to earn his guard position back he secured his rookie season and veterans Russell Bodine and Marshall Newhouse could see the field as well. The biggest question is finding out who will be replacing Wood at center. Will it be Ryan Groy or Bodine?
Wood suffered an unfortunate career-ending neck injury which forced him into retirement. Back in the 2016 season, Wood suffered a season-ending leg injury, giving Groy the chance to take the starting role for the remainder of the season. One thing to keep in mind in Woods’ absence, Groy did not allow a single sack in 2016. Serving as a reliable lineman lead him to being resigned by the Bills.
The team took it upon themselves to bring Bodine on board this offseason as depth for the offense. Although, Bodine could become the teams’ foreseeable starting center if Groy is not able to beat him out in training camp. Bodine was signed to only a two-year deal, but he has more experience than Groy. Although, Bodine comes from the Bengals were gave up a ton of sacks last season. Andy Dalton was seen on the ground a lot in 2017.
The offense has plenty of position battles happening. In order for the for the offense to get going, the line has to be set. Sean McDermott needs to solidify protection upfront for his QB. Groy and Bodine will be watched closely this training camp and will each see reps throughout camp. Stay tuned.