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One of the biggest weaknesses for the Bills in recent years has been their subpar offensive line. This year, however, it looks to be one of their strengths.
The Bills have been picking up quality linemen in the draft the past few years, and have finally put together what looks to be a solid starting lineup.
Second-year tackle Chris Hairston looks to be the Week 1 starter on the left side, with second-round pick Cordy Glenn pushing him early on.
The reliable Andy Levitre will take his usual spot at left guard, where he's provided the Bills with solid play on an otherwise awful line for the past four years.
Former first-round pick Eric Wood will return from an injury again this year, hopefully putting an end to a string of injuries that have plagued his promising career thus far.
The competition for the right guard position should be one of the best training camp battles in Buffalo this year, with both Kraig Urbik and Chad Rinehart having starting-caliber talent, and the loser of the competition for left tackle also being a wild-card candidate to get some starts.
The veteran of the group is 29-year-old Erik Pears, who might be pushed by behemoth Sam Young for the right tackle spot. Fifth-round pick Zebrie Sanders also will provide quality depth, with the potential to start early on if the need arises.
The Bills offensive line will go into the 2012 season with not one projected starter over 30, as well as one of the deeper lines in the league. Sounds pretty good for a team whose line has been known as one of the worst in the league the past few years.