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It’s time to shine the spotlight on the Bills o-line!
Whether you like it or not, any team’s offense can only go as far as their offensive linemen will let them. It starts and ends with the men up front. This year’s NFL Draft showed that when offensive tackles were taken with three of the first four selections and offensive linemen as a whole with six of the first 11.
Within your offensive line, what is the most important position? The blindside tackle, which for most teams is the left tackle. Now you could argue that the center is the most important position on the o-line. Yes, it is important because he’s the one making the majority of the calls, but for the quarterback’s sake, it’s your left tackle.
Any quarterback at any level wants to be confident that when he drops back in the pocket he can face away from his left tackle knowing that he won’t be killed by a defensive end or blitzing linebacker. Believe me, as a left tackle myself at the Division III Western New England University, I know how important it is to be consistent in my pass protection and not let my quarterback get killed.
This brings us to the discussion of the Bills left tackle, second-year man Cordy Glenn. Two games into his second season Glenn is making former Bills general manager Buddy Nix look like a very smart man. To this point in Glenn’s career he looks like a steal in the 2012 NFL Draft.
When Buffalo used their 2nd Round pick on the left tackle out of Georgia, some second guessed the selection (at least I did.) At the time I thought Buffalo’s biggest need was a wide receiver opposite Stevie Johnson, another weapon to help then quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick grow. At the time highly touted SEC receiver Alshon Jeffery was still on the board. Jeffery was the perfect player to compliment Johnson. As a tall, strong wide receiver, Jeffery seemed like a match made in heaven. But instead, Buffalo selected Glenn and Jeffery went to the Bears four picks later.
Glenn’s dominating performance Sunday against the stout front seven of the Carolina Panthers is shaping him to be one of the up-and-coming offensive linemen in the entire league. The SEC product is second to Trent Williams in ProFootballFocus.com’s Premium Stats Overall Rating this season for left tackles. Glenn is also one of two offensive tackles to not allow a quarterback pressure this season, according to PFF. That’s pretty impressive considering the tackle has faced pass rushers like Patriot Chandler Jones and Panther Charles Johnson this season.
The dominant play by Cordy Glenn this season should give Bills fans confidence and knowledge that EJ Manuel’s blindside will be successfully protect for years to come.
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