CAPACCIO: How Bodine and Newhouse impact the Bills' offensive line

Both players were signed by the Bills on Monday

Sal Capaccio
March 19, 2018 - 9:38 pm

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The Buffalo Bills are starting to fill in some of the holes in the depth of their roster. The team announced the signings of a pair of offensive linemen Monday. 

Here’s how I see them impacting the roster:

Russell Bodine - Center

With Eric Wood’s retirement, it’s presumed Ryan Groy will start at center. But Groy was also the team’s interior swing man, able to handle both guard and center duties, and he’s entering the last year of his contract. Bodine inked a two-year deal, giving the team a little more security at the spot for the next couple years. He’s been an ironman throughout his first four years in the league, starting 64 out of a possible 64 straight games for the Bengals since entering the league as a fourth round pick in 2014. The 25-year old will most likely compete with Groy for the center spot. But the signing will also allow Groy to be able to play guard if there are any injuries at the position. It might not even be out of the question that Groy could be looked at as a better option than either Vlad Ducasse or John Miller at right guard in new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s system, meaning Bodine then starts at center.

Marshall Newhouse - Offensive Tackle 

With the trade of Cordy Glenn to Cincinnati and the departure via free agency of Seantrel Henderson to Houston, the Bills were in serious need of tackle depth. Newhouse will not only provide that, but can also play guard in a pinch. He was used briefly there by the New York Giants in 2016. Jordan Mills has held the right tackle spot down for the last couple years, but has been inconsistent. The wild card at the position is Conor McDermott, who suited up for three games last year after being claimed off waivers from the Patriots. All three players could compete for the right tackle spot, with Newhouse also having the ability to be the swing tackle in case of injury to Dion Dawkins on the left side. The 29-year old started his career on the left side and played most of his first two seasons there for the Packers after being selected in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. 


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