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Young & Younger on OL

The Buffalo Bills' young backups are getting plenty of work on the offensive line this spring. With left tackle Demetrius Bell and right guard Eric Wood rehabilitating from injuries, it has meant plenty of practice repetitions for reserves. Jamon Meredith has played with the starters as the left tackle all spring. (A story on him is scheduled for Friday's paper). But Meredith was nursing a minor ailment Thursday. And rookie fifth-round draft pick Ed Wang, who has been No. 3 on the depth chart at left tackle, is out with a sprained ankle.

So the starting offensive line Thursday was, left to right, Nick Hennessey, Andy Levitre, Geoff Hangartner, Kirk Chambers and Cornell Green. The second-team O-line was, left to right, Hennessey, Cordaro Howard, Sean Allen, Chamberes and Kyle Calloway.

Brian Brohm took the snaps with the first-team offense. The breakdown went like this in the first portion of practice: Brohm 4 plays, Trent Edwards 4, Ryan Fitzpatrick 4. Then Brohm got 8, Edwards 5 and Fitzpatrick 7, followed by rookie Levi Brown for three plays.

Brohm had a good completion deep down the right sideline to Steve Johnson on the first play of team work. Johnson made a one-handed grab. Fitzpatrick had a good strike to Donald Jones on a slant, then made a nifty lofted completion deep down the middle to Marcus Easley. It looked like a bust by the third-teamers in the secondary. On his second series, Brohm had good-looking completions to Johnson on a slant and Lee Evans on the sideline. Jones made a good diving catch on a slant from Edwards. Naaman Roosevelt had a good catch on an out-route from Fitzpatrick. James Hardy was hobbled a bit and his repetitions were limited. Reggie Torbor continued to get more snaps than Aaron Maybin with the starters at outside linebacker. Marshawn Lynch continued to be a clear No. 3 to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller in plays at running back, which is no surprise since Lynch stayed away from most spring practices.

The Bills work again this afternoon then have one more closed practice Friday morning before dispersing until training camp.

---Mark Gaughan 


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