Bills head coach Chan Gailey had an answer that appeared to leave options open for him and his coaching staff with respect to the starting right tackle role. With Cornell Green out injured for the foreseeable future, Gailey was asked if Cordaro Howard would be his replacement.
Gailey’s response did not exactly make it sound like Howard was a permanent answer to Green’s absence.
“Right now, yes,” said Gailey confirming that Howard would step in at right tackle.
Howard has done a nice job stepping in for the likes of Andy Levitre (Week 2 at GB), and spelling Demetrius Bell for a series or two here and there and last week stepping in for Green at the end of the game. In fact he outperformed Jamon Meredith to the point where Meredith was moved off the roster. But there is one player on the roster that I believe could possibly supplant Howard in the near future before Green is healthy enough to play again.
Mansfield Wrotto, a four-year veteran, has 16 NFL games under his belt and learned how to play offensive tackle in the NFL at the elbow of Walter Jones, one of the best two tackles of the last generation (Jonathan Ogden being the other). Wrotto has spent all of two weeks with the Bills, so getting the playbook down is the main task for him right now. Yes, he’s played more guard in the NFL, but he played tackle for Gailey and offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris at Georgia Tech.
“He’ll probably end up as a tackle for us,” Gailey told Buffalobills.com. “I don’t know where exactly right now, but I think he’ll end up being a tackle. He’s played left tackle and guard when he was in Seattle. He’s a versatile player. He’s very strong. He’s got a low center of gravity. He’s a 310 to 315-pound guy at just 6’3”. Now the negative about playing tackle is he doesn’t have that big long reach that you would like, but he has great feet and a good understanding of the game. We’ll see how it works out.”
Certainly no promises in that statement either, but Wrotto has experience on his side. If he can get the Bills playbook down he could certainly push Howard for playing time with Green on the shelf.
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