Inside The Bills

Howard, Wrotto to platoon

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2010 – 12:30 pm

Bills starting right tackle Cordaro Howard is not expected to be playing there full time on Sunday against the Bears.

Head coach Chan Gailey confirmed to Buffalobills.com that the intent is to platoon Howard and Mansfield Wrotto. Wrotto has been with the team since he was signed to the practice squad in Week 5. Promoted to the active roster a week later, Wrotto has acclimated himself to Buffalo’s offensive scheme and line calls to the point where Gailey is ready to give him some playing time.

“Yes we are,” Gailey told Buffalobills.com when asked if Howard and Wrotto will platoon at right tackle. “I think that’s the way we’ll go into the game. Now how much (playing time) each of them gets whether it’s two-thirds, one-third, 50-50, 75-25 I don’t know right now. I think we’ll have to get in the game and see how that goes, but I do anticipate Mansfield getting in the ball game.”

The Bills are likely concerned that the Bears may target the undrafted rookie (Howard) and move pass rusher Julius Peppers from his right end position over to the left side to face Howard. Wrotto is a four-vet with 18 games of NFL experience, a full season more than his fellow Georgia Tech alum. Either way Gailey has made no secret this week that they intend to double team Peppers for virtually the entire game.


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