No. 2 worrying Bills roster hole: Lack of experience at right guard
The Bills’ offense depends on their ability to run the ball on the strong side of the field to set up their aerial attack. That requires solid production from the right guard position.
That’s a big reason why the front office elected to spend a second-round pick on O’Cyrus Torrence in April’s NFL Draft. He is slated to compete with Ryan Bates to win the starting spot ahead of Week 1. The Bills need Torrence to win that battle in the preseason.
Betting on a rookie to be a starter for a potential Super Bowl contender is always risky. Torrence might be an even more dangerous bet. His lack of consistency at Florida caused him to drop out of Round 1. Helping him adjust to the rigors of NFL football and correcting his motor issues in one year might be too much to ask from the enigmatic guard.
The good news for the Bills is that they have a chance to upgrade their options at guard during the preseason. It’s even possible that David Edwards moves from the left side to strengthen head coach Sean McDermott’s options on the right side. Finding the best right guard to solidify the offensive line should be one of Buffalo’s top preseason priorities.