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PFF Grades: Rookie left tackle Dion Dawkins sole offensive bright spot for Bills in loss to Saints

The Bills endured one of their worst home losses in team history in Week 10 against the Saints, and while the laundry list of bad play is already well-documented, one Buffalo player had a strong individual performance.

Left tackle Dion Dawkins, who stood in for typical starter Cordy Glenn, received an overall Pro Football Focus grade of +3.1 for his efforts against the Saints, which included a +2.3 grade in pass-protection. It was the second-highest overall grade for Dawkins in his debut rookie season. He was given a +4.1 for his performance against the Falcons, +3.5 of which came blocking for the run.

While the Bills undoubtedly want and need sound run-blocking, pass-protection is the most vital aspect of playing the left tackle position in the NFL. Alex Okafor, who entered the game as PFF's No. 19 defensive end, was limited to one sack and no other pressures on 31 pass-rushing snaps.

Dawkins played all 48 offensive snaps for Buffalo against New Orleans and blocked for 36 pass plays. He didn't allow a single quarterback pressure.

In the four other games in which he played more than 30 offensive snaps, Dawkins allowed at least one quarterback pressure.

He and Tre'Davious White were the only Bills who received an overall PFF grade of +1.0 or higher among the 41 players who appeared on either offense or defense for Buffalo in Week 10.

Dawkins has now played more snaps (315) than Glenn (275) this season. His sound blocking efforts could go a long way if the Bills are to improve in the trenches over the final seven regular-season games in 2017.

As a team, the Bills' offensive line surrendered just five quarterback pressures (two sacks, five hurries) in the blowout loss to New Orleans. Jordan Mills was responsible for three hurries, Vlad Ducasse was given one, and Eric Wood was deemed accountable for one sack.

(Grades courtesy of Pro Football Focus)

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