By Tim Graham
PITTSFORD -- Cordy Glenn was drafted to be the Buffalo Bills' franchise left tackle, among the three most important positions on the field.
This morning, Bills coach Doug Marrone had Glenn playing left guard and Thomas Welch at left tackle, but stressed we should read nothing into that. Marrone said he's merely investigating who the team's top swing lineman should be.
Which made me wonder: How many franchise left tackles around the NFL get work at left guard?
I'm naturally cynical, but there are reasons to believe last year's 41st overall draft choice is falling out of favor.
Glenn has looked slow against edge-rusher Jerry Hughes, considered a disappointment with the Indianapolis Colts. The Bills are running an up-tempo offense, and Glenn is listed at 6-foot-6 and 345 pounds. The Bills also are having trouble identifying a left guard to replace Andy Levitre.
But Marrone warned we shouldn't jump to conclusions with Glenn's reps at left guard.
"We're not experimenting with him not being the left tackle," Marrone said. "What we're doing is we know that down the road from now -- we're dressing seven linemen -- we'll have a swing inside player and a swing outside player, a swing tackle and swing center/guard.
"What we want to make sure of is that if something does occur ... and one of the inside players are injured and the swing player goes in there, which one of our tackles is best suited to go in there next."
Marrone suggested Glenn would be back at left tackle for the rest of camp but also said Welch is competing for the starting left tackle job.
"I'm kind of wired that every single player we're coaching as a starter, and every player on that field is competing for a starting role," Marrone said.
Why move the team's presumed best blindside protector out of position?
"A lot of time you're of the philosophy where you don't want to make two moves for one," Marrone said. "But if the two moves for one makes you a better offensive line, I think you go ahead and do that.
"You have multiple ways to do it, but I like to have that process kind of set before we go into a season."
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