It was a good sign for the offensive line Sunday when Demetrius Bell lined up for the first time this summer in 11 on 11 drills. Bell has been working in individual drills when the line works together as a unit. But when the O-line and the D-line do one-on-one drills or the full offense lines up against the full defense, he has been watching. In today's work, Bell joined in with the starters in all the 11 on 11 work.
There is a lot riding on Bell, the third-year man who started eight games last season before tearing up his knee. He has a lot of raw natural ability. Can he get back to full health fast and can he raise his level of play another notch? If the answers are not "yes" and "yes," then the Bills could be in big trouble again protecting the blind side of their quarterback. Second-string LT Jamon Meredith is a second-year former fifth-round pick who was viewed as a project coming out of college. Third-string LT Ed Wang is a fifth-round pick who would be well-served by practicing all year, getting on the field very little and honing his techniques.
"Just getting back in the swing of things is my main concern," Bell said. "The more reps the better. ... I'm about 90, 95 percent. I'm almost there."