The Buffalo Bills left tackle situation is anything but certain at this point, and for the most part has been cause for concern this offseason. But upon further inspection, Jamon Meredith offers a slight glimmer of hope going into the 2010 season.
With Demetrius Bell still sidelined, Meredith is taking the all of the first-team reps at left tackle in practices, and that may not be such a bad thing.
In 2009, Meredith saw action in eight contests, making four starts for a grand total of 264 snaps. In those 264 snaps Meredith gave up just two sacks: one to Julius Peppers in week six and one to Shaun Ellis in week 13. Bell gave up five sacks last year over eight games (all starts) and a total of 472 snaps.
Meredith was also not whistled for a single penalty in those snaps, compared to Bell, who, at the time of his placement on I.R. after week 10, held the dubious title of most penalized lineman in the league with eight accepted penalties to his credit.
Meredith is still raw at this point, but then again, so is Bell. With the experience he is gaining through his first-team reps this offseason, Meredith should be better versed in the Bills playbook after playing last season as a September signee off the Packers practice squad.
Now, I'm not saying that Buffalo should be excited about the possiblity of Meredith starting at left tackle. Right now, I don't even think that is his best position. I personally think he is better suited for the right side and should unseat Cornell Green as the Bills' starter at right tackle.
But, should he be forced into being the starter on the blind side, Bills fans should not be overly upset about it. Meredith showed some promise last season, and has a good future ahead of him, whichever side he ultimately ends up lining up on.
Statistical Source: Pro Football Focus