Cordy Glenn Named Buffalo Bills' Starting Left Tackle
Cordy Glenn's main competition, Chris Hairston, had to practice at right tackle for much of training camp while Erik Pears recovered from hernia surgery. During a press conference on Monday, Chan Gailey had this to say on Cordy Glenn:
First thing is Cordy Glenn will be our starting left tackle. It has just worked out with Erik Pears not getting reps. We could not have enough reps for both guys and Chris (Hairston) had to go play right tackle. Cordy has gotten most of the reps at left and has done a good job. He will be the starting left tackle.
In the Bills' last preseason game against the Vikings, Glenn was average against Jared Allen, one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL. Glenn was called for one false start and one holding penalty, but the latter flag was debatable.
During the press conference, Chan Gailey continued his praise of Glenn's ability:
Cordy has great ability. Ability is not the issue, it is just playing time. He needs as much playing time as he can get. I think if he gets playing time he has a chance to be a really good football player. He has not done great against the two good pass rushers he has faced, but he has done OK. I think we see a great upside with him.
Glenn was originally thought of to be a first round pick in the 2012 draft. This was not the case as slipped to Buffalo in the second round. The Bills drafted Cordy Glenn at pick 41, the earliest they've drafted a left tackle since Mike Williams in 2002.
If Glenn struggles early in the season, the Bills may give Chris Hairston a chance at left tackle. For now, though, the Buffalo Bills' first two picks of the 2012 NFL draft will both be starting come September 9th.
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