The Bills’ defensive line might not be getting the job done, but the O-line, for the most part, has been impressive. It allowed only one sack through three games and helped get the run game moving, but the group allowed three sacks to the Patriots and lost OLT Cordy Glenn and ORG Kraig Urbik to injuries.
Another concern, we hear, is at right tackle. ORT Erik Pears won the job last preseason and was rewarded for a strong 2011 campaign with a four-year deal last December. Pears was slowed in camp after offseason hernia surgery and was still splitting some time with second-year OT Chris Hairston as late as Week Three (54 snaps for Pears, 18 for Hairston). He doesn't appear to be at full strength, yet, or at least at the form we saw last season. With Hairston filling in for Glenn, Pears played almost all the snaps in Week Four and struggled against Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich. He gave up one sack and had three penalties — two false starts and a holding call, which was declined. With depth at a premium this week against the 49ers and going against a strong Cardinals front in Week Six, Pears’ play will be under the spotlight, considering he won’t be able to get any spells from Hairston.
- Erik Pears
- Cordy Glenn