The Bills will continue to experiment with different groupings on the offensive line as the preseason continues, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll told reporters Wednesday.
The Bills and Carolina Panthers will have the second day of joint practices at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.
While it seems as if the Bills have narrowed the options for the starting offensive line (pending injuries) to about seven players, Daboll was unwilling to commit to that group.
“It’s still a fluid situation. We’re trying to get as much continuity as we can,” he said. “It’s a good competitive situation that we have right now. There’s a long way to go and a lot of work to do be done.”
The first team line in 11 on 11 sessions Wednesday was from left to right, Dion Dawkins, Quinton Spain, Jon Feliciano, Spencer Long and Cody Ford. Ty Nsekhe, who has seen time at right tackle, did not take any reps during the team drills Wednesday.
The Bills continue to use Ford at tackle and guard, and Daboll said the Bills “have a lot of confidence in Cody that wherever we put him he’ll do whatever we need and will be a success.”
Dawkins, who at one point was a potential question mark, seems to have solidified himself at left tackle.
“From last year to this year, his attitude has always been good,” Daboll said. “He’s a big young kid. This year with some of the additions with veterans have helped him in the room. Dion has been improving. I’m happy with where he’s at. He’s doing a good job in camp.”
With Mitch Morse still out, Jon Feliciano again took almost all of the starting snaps at center on Tuesday. The starting offensive line remained unchanged. Dion Dawkins and Quinton Spain were on the left side. Cody Ford was at right guard and Ty Nsekhe at right tackle. Spencer Long took one series with the starters at center.
There was some rotation on the second-team line. With center Russell Bodine (oblique) still out, Ike Boettger was the center. To his left often were Wyatt Teller and Garrett McGhin. To his right were Ryan Bates and De’Ondre Wesley.
Contributing: Mark Gaughan