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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Dion Dawkins, Cody Ford and how the Bills' offensive line is shaping up

General Manager Brandon Beane spent a good bit of energy this offseason reshaping his team's offensive line. The unit needed a facelift. Pro Football Focus ranked it 26th in the league after Week 17. Football Outsiders ranked it 30th.

The Buffalo Bills fired offensive line coach Juan Castillo when the season ended. They've put the future of the offensive line in the hands of Bobby Johnson, who's in charge of the new-look front.

About a third of the team's free agent signings were used to add offensive linemen. Then the Bills selected tackle Cody Ford with the sixth pick in the second round of the NFL draft.

So what will the offensive line look like come Week 1 against the Jets?

Right now, it's hard to say.

Jay Skurski was asked by a reader in this week's mailbag what Dion Dawkins' future is in Buffalo. The 2017 second-round pick may enter training camp as the starting left tackle, Skurski wrote, but his status is directly tied to this year's second-round pick in Ford, who the team says will begin his career at right tackle.

If Dawkins has any slip-ups, the Bills have veterans Ty Nsekhe and LaAdrian Waddle available for reinforcements. And if that happens, could Dawkins be traded? Skurski analyzed that question in the mailbag.

For now, the offensive line could look a little something like this: (from left to right) Dion Dawkins, Quinton Spain, Mitch Morse, Spencer Long, Cody Ford. That unit would feature five new starters.

In case you missed it: Skurski took a deep dive into Brian Ayrault, the Orchard Park native who became an NFL superagent. He talked to Terry Pegula, Aaron Donald, Bill O'Brien, Dave Caldwell and others.


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