Dion Dawkins' this-side, no-that-side start to his professional career will continue Saturday.
The Buffalo Bills' rookie offensive tackle will start on the left side against the Baltimore Ravens in the third preseason game Saturday night. Dawkins had worked at left tackle exclusively throughout the spring before moving to right tackle at the start of training camp, where he has been competing for the starting job with Jordan Mills.
With franchise left tackle Cordy Glenn nursing a nagging foot injury, though, the Bills will move Dawkins back over to the left in the "dress rehearsal" for the regular season.
"If you're Dion, you go at it like 'I'm the starter at left tackle.' As a competitor, that's what you have to do," coach Sean McDermott said Thursday. "He has played there before, all through the spring, and then he played the right, as you mentioned, to this point in camp, other than this week. It's really done, what I think, is created a nice foundation for Dion at both sides, to be able to play both positions. We expect him to put his best foot forward, just like the rest of our guys out there. So I look forward to watching him."
Dawkins' stay at left tackle might be short. Glenn is continuing to progress after receiving an injection in his foot from Dr. Robert Anderson recently.
"Trying to get ready for Week One," he said. "Between me, the Bills’ medical staff and Dr. Anderson, we all have a plan and we’re all on the same page right now. I’m just trying to get better every day, hopefully get on the field and be ready to be playing."
Dawkins, whom the Bills traded up into the second round of the draft to acquire, is good with serving as a swing tackle.
"They have me at left because they need me there, but when the time comes to compete at right, then I'm just going to jump back in it," Dawkins said. "Whether it's in the middle of the season, or first game, it doesn't matter. I'm going to keep it pushing forward. ... The coaches want guys that can play multiple positions, just in case something happens in a game. From me playing left and right, right and left, it's something that's going to help this team win."