Share this article

print logo

Bills not ready to move Dion Dawkins to left tackle just yet

PITTSFORD – The Buffalo Bills have a contingency plan in place if Cordy Glenn's foot injury keeps him out of action long term.

They're hoping they don't have to use it, though.

Coach Sean McDermott said Tuesday that Glenn recently traveled to Wisconsin to receive an injection in his injured foot that the team hopes "is something that can finalize it and knock it out and Cordy can return on a full-time basis."

In Glenn's absence the Bills have used Seantrel Henderson as the starting left tackle. That won't work during the regular season, though, because Henderson still has to serve five games of a 10-game suspension. When Glenn was out in the spring, the Bills used rookie second-round draft pick Dion Dawkins as the starting left tackle.

Once training camp started, however, Dawkins shifted over to right tackle, where he has competed with Jordan Mills for the starting job. For now, that competition will continue.

"Where we are right now is getting Dion comfortable at the right side," McDermott said. "As I mentioned earlier in the week, we have a little bit of a foundation built up at the left side there, so we just have to stay on top of it moving forward."

Earlier this week, McDermott was asked about Dawkins' progress to this point. When he was taken in the second round, it was expected that he would unseat Mills in short order, but so far that hasn't happened.

"I like part of what I see," the coach said. "The rest of it is him getting used to playing in the NFL, getting used to, just getting up to speed on adjusting to NFL techniques, adjusting to NFL life and that’s typical of a rookie. There’s not any reason for concern at this point. He’s doing a good job. He did some really nice things in the game. Give credit to Jordan Mills. Jordan Mills, he’s not easily giving up that position, either. I mean, he’s fighting and having a nice camp and had a great spring so it’s a good competition going on there and that’s only going to make us better."

Dawkins played left tackle for four seasons at Temple, saying the position is "basically just built inside of me."

"I’m just up for whatever they throw," he said. "I’m just going to catch it and run with it."

With Cordy Glenn ailing, Dion Dawkins fills the void at left tackle for Bills

Story topics: /

There are no comments - be the first to comment