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Assessing rookie Dion Dawkins as Bills' starting left tackle

Dion Dawkins has stood in for Cordy Glenn in four consecutive games. How has the Bills' rookie left tackle fared, particularly compared to Buffalo's incumbent starter?

Here's how the two stack up in pass protection:

Pass Block-Snaps QB Pressures Pass-Block Efficiency (Rank)
Cordy Glenn 146 11 (2 sacks, 9 hurries) 94.0 (50th)
Dion Dawkins 291 20 (3 sacks, 3 hits, 14 hurries) 94.6 (40th)

Pro Football Focus' Pass-Block Efficiency (PBE) measures of how often an offensive lineman allows a quarterback pressure relative to the amount of times he blocks for a pass play. A hit or hurry count three quarters as much as a sack does.

As a rookie in 2012, Glenn had 452 pass-blocking snaps. He surrendered 32 quarterback pressures (six sacks, nine hits, 17 hurries), which equated to a PBE of 94.6, which is identical to Dawkins' PBE right now.

As it currently stands, Dawkins has been one of the better run-blocking offensive tackles in football – his +6.1 run-blocking grade is the seventh-best among 80 qualifying offensive tackles. His pass-blocking grade of +0.6 is ranks 29th.

Glenn too was "ahead" as a run-blocker when he entered the NFL. As a rookie, he had a +3.5 run-blocking grade, compared to a -3.2 grade in pass protection.

In all likelihood, the Bills would like Glenn on the field in the crucial games in December simply due to his experience and how well he played in 2016.

However, Dawkins has slowly acclimated himself to the pro game – three of his four highest-graded games this season have come over the past month – and he's been available while Glenn has nursed an ankle injury over a four-game stretch.

Dawkins' pro career has started similarly to how Glenn's began five years ago.

(Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus)

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