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Doug Legursky used to playing to whistle

By Mark Gaughan

If new Buffalo Bills guard Doug Legursky learned anything in Pittsburgh the past four years, he learned to play to the whistle.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is a hard man to bring down. No matter how much blitzing the Steelers faced or pressure they allowed, the linemen knew that they could never presume Roethlisberger had been tackled or had delievered the ball. He's a master at keeping plays alive.

"That's probably the No. 1 coaching point I've had over the past five seasons in Pittsburgh," Legursky said. "There's no clocks. Blocking for him, he's a scramble-type quarterback. If there's a clock in your head and you stop for one second, that's when that guy could make a play.

"For the three times we might give up a sack on a scramble, he's going to make a big play and make a touchdown."We have to take the good with the bad."

Legursky's signing last week was another indication the battle to replace Andy Levitre at left guard is as muddled as ever.

Colin Brown took most of the first-team snaps at left guard during Tuesday's practice. Legursky worked with the second team and then handled a couple series with the starting unit late in the session.

Legursky is not a big-framed guy, which is why he went undrafted out of Marshall. He relies on technique, which he got a lot of from outstanding line coach Sean Kugler the past three years. Kugler is a Lockport native who's now head coach at Texas El Paso.

"I pride myself on not making mistakes," Legursky said. "I pride myself on being the toughest guy out there. I'm not gonna whine about stuff. I'm going to go out, get the job done and go home. When I'm out there working I'm going to be focused on working. It's about doing a job and winning games."


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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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