Bills coach Chan Gailey acknowledged Demetrius Bell would start at left tackle Sunday at Kansas City, which was no surprise, since he has done most of the work there all summer. A shaky game in the second preseason week at Denver, and perhaps some struggling snaps in practice against Shawne Merriman, had Gailey pushing Bell in August by working guard Andy Levitre some on the left tackle side.
"He played more consistently, which is what we said the whole thing was about anyway," Gailey said of Bell.
Gailey was less specific about the way the inside linebackers will be used. Andra Davis and Nick Barnett are the starters, and Barnett will be on the field almost all the time. How ready is Kirk Morrison to mix in for Davis?
"There's going to be a lot of different combinations going for us at linebacker," Gailey said.
The depth chart lists Leodis McKelvin and Terrence McGee as the starters at cornerback, with Drayton Florence No. 3. Said Gailey: "We're still talking about that. we'll see where that goes. The great thing about that is we think we have three starting corners."
On kickoff returns, Brad Smith is listed at No. 1. But the Bills have elite return talent in C.J. Spiller and McKelvin. Gailey wouldn't name any one player as "the guy" on kickoff returns.
Said Gailey: "We'll have several guys back there doing kickoff return. we really haven't pinpointed that today. It depends on how much Brad's going to play in the regular offense, how much he'll be back there, whether or not we think the guy's going to be kicking it in the end zone all the time. There's a lot of things that go into it now that are different from last year."