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Camp Battles Preview: Offensive line

Will bringing back the same starting five bring more success for the Bills?
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The Locks:

Dion Dawkins

Quinton Spain

Mitch Morse

Joe Feliciano 

Cody Ford

Ty Nsekhke 

Breakdown:

Unlike prior years, I don’t think there will be a single starter on the offensive line from 2019 that doesn’t return in 2020. The Bills offensive line play morphed from abysmal in 2018 to serviceable in 2019. With another year together, hopefully the line can take a step toward being a top tier line in the NFL. The only real question is the Cody Ford question. Is he a long term option at tackle? Or will he eventually shift back to his natural position as a guard?  

The Bubble:

Daryl Williams

Spencer Long

Ryan Bates

Evan Boehm

Ike Boettger

Breakdown:

The last two seasons McDermott has kept nine offensive linemen and he kept eight in 2017. Using this as a guide, it is really a competition for two or three spots out of this second tier. It will be a fierce battle for those two spots, suited to McDermotts’s “iron sharpens iron” mantra. The Bills love versatility, meaning that Ryan Bates, who can play three positions would be hard to bump off the roster. Daryl Williams, who was once an All-Pro, comes from Carolina and should fit in well with a McDermott coached team. Boehm has started 55 games in his career and can give depth to the interior of the line. Even though it may not garner the attention from fans, the battle for reserve offensive line spots may be the fiercest in camp.

The Long Shots:

Victor Salako 

Brandon Walton

Marquel Harrell

Garret McGhin 

Trey Adams

Breakdown:

The one player on this list that will have the most eyes on him during camp is Trey Adams. Much has been made about how about the one-time first-round prospect. Given his combine interview, he may become a camp darling in Buffalo. The bottom line is that  his knee injury and back injury in 2017 and 2018 have eliminated any semblance of athleticism and caused him to put up absolutely dreadful combine numbers. If they can hide Adams on the practice squad, he may be someone they can develop for 2021 or 2022.

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