Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE
Cordy Glenn Will Start at Left Tackle
Cordy Glenn, Offensive Tackle
Round 2, Pick 41
Cordy Glenn was expected to be a first-round pick, so when he fell to the Bills in the second round, the team was pleasantly surprised. General manager Buddy Nix thinks Glenn will play with a bit of a chip on his shoulder.
His agent called me before we went down for the draft at about six o'clock and said, "I knew you liked this guy. And whoever gets him, he is going to make these other guys pay." I really do think it motivated him. He was embarrassed by it. He thought he was a top-10 pick.
Glenn was expected to come in and compete immediately for the left tackle spot. In training camp, Glenn received the majority of snaps at left tackle as his main competitor, Chris Hairston, had to play on the right hand side while Erik Pears recovered from hernia surgery.
The Bills liked what they saw out of Glenn in training camp, and on August 20, the Buffalo Bills announced that Cordy Glenn would be the starting left tackle for the 2012 season. Having a rookie protecting the quarterback's blind side can be worrisome, but luckily for Glenn, the Bills play in a quick-pass offense.
Through two preseason games, Glenn has been inconsistent. In both preseason games, Glenn has been called for false start penalties. He was also flagged for holding in the second preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.
The good news for Glenn is that he has not given up a sack yet in the preseason, and his competition has been impressive. Glenn has gone head to head with Brian Orakpo and Jared Allen, two sack-masters that combined for 31 sacks in 2011.
Chan Gailey believes in Cordy Glenn's ability and thinks that extra reps are what Glenn needs to be successful as a left tackle.
"Cordy's got great ability," Gailey said. "Ability's not the issue. It's just playing time. He needs as much playing time as he can get. I think if he gets playing time he's got a chance to be a really good football player. He's not done great against the two good pass-rushers he's faced [Brian Orakpo and Jared Allen], but he's done OK. And I think that we see a great upside with him."
To Glenn's credit, he knows there is still plenty of work to be done.
"I don't really put anything into it," Glenn said. "It's a business. I still have to do my job. I still have to perform good, still have to play good and help this team out. That's really my main goal and focus right now."
Glenn needs to work on eliminating his penalties. Overall, the Bills and their fans should be happy with Glenn's play thus far. The third preseason game against Pittsburgh will be Glenn's next big test. The third preseason game is a dress rehearsal, and the Steelers are likely to throw a lot at Glenn to see how well he performs.