There's a fascinating piece on MMQB.com about the growing profile of the right tackle position in the NFL. Andy Benoit presents a compelling argument that, despite conventional wisdom, right tackle has become just as important, if not more so, than left tackle.
For years, left tackle has been regarded as the premier spot on the offensive line and the pay scale (left tackles make double what right tackles make) reflects as much. The lofty status is rooted in the fact most quarterbacks are right-handed, and left tackles protect "the blind side." That was the title of the book, which became a movie, chronicling the life of tackle Michael Oher.
At one time, most NFL teams put their best pass-rushers on the right. Therefore, left tackles had the enormous task of facing the likes of Bruce Smith and Lawrence Taylor.
But as Benoit explains, the game's current elite pass-rushers -- such as J.J. Watt, Von Miller, and Khalil Mack -- line up on the left side.
Which should raise some major concerns about the Bills' lingering questions at right tackle. Jordan Mills doesn’t look like an adequate starter, but whether there’s even an adequate backup is also anyone’s guess.