Bills coach Chan Gailey had an interesting comment at the conclusion of Monday’s practice. Gailey was asked who would start at left tackle Sunday in the season opener against the Chiefs, and did not give presumed starter Demetrius Bell much of an endorsement.
“We have not decided exactly which way we are going to go with that,” Gailey said, before adding, “but that looks like it’s going to be that [Bell as the starter].”
The Bills clearly want more out of Bell, but it’s not like they have a better option on the bench. The team has just one backup tackle, rookie fourth-round pick Chris Hairston, who struggled at times in the preseason.
The Bills could surf the waiver wire for help, but offensive line depth is thin throughout the league and that’s really not the team’s style.
For now, it appears the team is stuck with Bell at left tackle –- and that quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to stay alert.
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