The Buffalo Bills training camp starts this Thursday. There are still some unclaimed starting positions on the offensive side of the ball. here is the starting offensive lineup going into traning camp.
1.) Ryan Fitzpatrick – Ryan Fitzpatrick started all 16 games last season and expected to start again this season. He had a hot start last season but slowed down mid season well dealing with a rib injury.
If healthy it is almost 100% that he will start week 1.
2.) Vince Young vs. Tyler Thigpen – The Bills have 4 QBs on the roster but are only going to keep 3. The one that gets cut will either be Young or Thingpen. In my opinion Vince Young should be the 2nd QB, he is much more experienced than Thigpen. Young, at one time, was ranked in the top 10 QBs in the NFL. Thigpen has never been close to that.
3.) Brad Smith – Probably not as good a QB as Young or Thigpen, but with Smith as 3rd QB he will cut down the Bills salary. Smith also a a kick returner and WR. Also, he run the wildcat as well
1.) Fred Jackson – Lead the league in rushing halfway through last season till a leg injury put him on IR. Jackson should have another good season. Will definetly get the most ATTs this year.
2.) C. J. Spiller – Was the Bills 1st round pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Hasn’t started a game with Fred Jackson healthy but was named starter during camp last year. Spiller will be the #2 RB going into the season but is starting KR and PR.
3.) Tashard Choice – Choice was signed midway through last season to help out Spiller with Jackson injured. He will be a solid #3 RB but has no competition for #2 runner.
1.) Stevie Johnson – Johnson was resigned this offseason, 4 years – 36.25 million, there is no doubt that he will be the Bills #1 WR.
2.) Unclamied – Last season Donald Jones was the #2 WR for Buffalo, but that could change this year. Marcus Easley has had 2 season ending injury’s but if healthy he could be a good #2 WR for the Bills. Donald Jones had a solid season last year but there are better options. T. J. Graham was the Bills 3rd round pick and could be a deep threat which would make the Bills pass game more dangerous. Derek Hagan also has a shot at being the #2 guy.
3.) David Nelson – Nelson is one of Fitzpatricks favorite targets. He plays in the slot and is a great goto guy.
4, 5, 6) The remaning 3 spots will goto the WRs going for the #2 spot.
1.) Scott Chandler – Chandler is a great redzone TE. He had 6 TDs last season and had over 400 receiving yards.
Eric Wood – No questions other than Wood’s health, as the fourth year center has yet to play a full season in the NFL, only 9 games last season. However, he’s the man when he’s in there and was a big loss last year.
Kraig Urbik – He’s strong at several spots on the line and though he’s most comfortable at guard, he was the strongest replacement at center when Wood went down in 2011. Urbik’s talents make him uber adaptable and he can play tackle or guard should he need to.
Erik Pears – Missed zero games last year, one of only two starting lineman to do that, and one of the only players to stay in one spot all of 2011. He’s a seven year NFL veteran and if it ain’t broke, I don’t see any need to fix it.
Andy Levitre – Coach Gailey tried him at several spots last season as the injury carousel dictated, but after a disastrous attempt to make him a center and some limited work at left tackle when Demetress Bell went down, Levitre should be returned to the spot he seems most capable of playing on the weak side.
Chris Hairston vs. Cordy Glenn – My money’s on Glenn to start, as the Bills just weren’t overly impressed with Hairston’s abilities when called on to replace the oft-injured Bell. Though the Clemson alum was showing promise by the end of the yearFitzpatrick was still taking major heat on the weak side in the New England finale and Buddy Nix has spoken higher of Cordy then he has Chris this offseason, even before they spent their second round pick on the Georgia big man. In the end, this is too early to call and though Hairston has the inside track to start camp, Glenn’s size, length, and flat out athletic ability may get him his shot before the season begins. Even if Glenn doesn’t end up starting by September, his use at both guard and tackle could see him on the field come the first line injury.