Biggest Position Battle for Buffalo Bills is on the Line

Michael McMastersCorrespondent IMay 18, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 23:  Langston Walker #68 and Brad Butler #60 of the Buffalo Bills walk on the field during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 23, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The beginning of a long road starts today. The Bills are well aware of the fact that they haven’t been to the play-offs this decade. The front office seems to be happy with the personnel in place, and the fans are anxious to see if this is the year the Bills break the no play-off trend.

The main concern on offense is the offensive line. With news faces lining up at every position on the line, and two rookies getting the chance to start, things are going are going to be a little sloppy at first.

Replacing Jason Peters will be no easy task, but Langston Walker should be up to the task. He is a big man and even though he does not posses the quickest feet for the position, he is a solid technician and should be able to dominate slower bull rushers.

His main competition is last years seventh round pick Demetrius Bell. He has come along nicely, hitting the weights, getting stronger and adding 20 pounds of muscle to his frame. He possesses prototype size for the position and has very quick feet.

Lining up at LG is the biggest competition on the line this year. The Bills brought in Seth McKinney during free agency and because he has eight years experience he should get the first looks at the spot.

Hot on his trail is Andy Levitre. This kid seems determined to find his way on to the field early. He has extremely fast hands and is technically sound. It helps that he plays to whistle and has a mean streak. If he was a couple inches taller he would’ve been playing tackle in the NFL.

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Manning the C spot will be the Bills second biggest FA signing, Geoff Hangartner. While he doesn’t have the most experience playing 3-4 NT’s, he is an extremely smart player and has good size to him. He helped Carolina to finishing third in the NFL on the ground.

His main backup and starting RG is Eric Wood. This guy is a finisher.  

He has great size and is a very smart young man. He plays to the whistle and seems to enjoy the idea of wrestling with the big bodies in the AFC East and seems to have the right mindset to be a pro bowl player down the road.

With Langston Walker moving over to the left means Brad Butler is finally getting the opportunity to play RT. It is the position he played in college and he should feel right at home there.

Should and injury occur on the line Kirk Chambers is the man the guys will plug into the line. He handled LT and RT in spot duty fairly well and shouldn’t be a serious hindrance to the team when he is lining up.

Really it all depends on how well the line gels. They have to become a cohesive unit before week one, or things can get ugly real fast. I’m pretty sure Trent Edwards doesn’t want to wake up in Mercy Hospital.