Cordy Glenn was active for Buffalo's outing against the Bengals but did not play, a rather surprising development for the team's highest-paid offensive player.
In his place at left tackle was rookie Dion Dawkins, who had an admirable albeit unspectacular September standing in for the veteran. On the right side was the usual starter, Jordan Mills. With Charles Clay leaving in the first half, the Bills were forced to utilize tight ends Nick O'Leary and Logan Thomas as extra blockers at times.
Going into the game, I pinpointed Cincinnati's pass-rushing trio of Carlos Dunlap, Carl Lawson and Geno Atkins, two of which operate on the outside.
In the loss to the Bengals, Dawkins received a -1.9 pass-blocking grade, the eighth-worst score out in Week Five out of 54 qualifying offensive tackles.
Mills didn't fare much better, as he received a -1.8 PFF pass-blocking grade. O'Leary's pass-protecting grade of -1.1 was the second-worst among tight ends in Week Five, and Thomas's grade was an even 0.0, the 14th-lowest among tight ends.
Meanwhile, the Bengals' Lawson amassed a hefty +2.6 grade as a pass-rusher. He sacked Tyrod Taylor twice and had another quarterback hit on just 23 pass-rushing snaps. Dunlap was limited, as his pass-rushing grade was just -0.1, but he did generate four quarterback hurries on 37 pass-rushing snaps.
On his 39 pass-blocking snaps in 2017, Glenn has allowed one sack and one hurry, good for a pass-blocking grade of 0.0.
After the contest against the Bengals, Mills, Dawkins and O'Leary make up three of the four lowest pass-blocking grades on the Bills' current roster.
While Taylor has proven to be one of football's most elusive quarterbacks, repeated pressure is not conducive to success for any signal-caller.
(Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)