Bills fourth-round pick Chris Hairston played mainly right tackle in training camp. He missed some practice time with an undisclosed injury as well as the first two preseason games. But he played extensively against Jacksonville at both right and left tackle and fared well. Head coach Chan Gailey intends to get him a lot more time in Thursday’s game, but only on one side.
“He played left tackle in college so he had a comfort level at left tackle,” said Gailey in reference to Hairston playing on the right and left side last Saturday. “I think it’s worked out well for him to be able to play both. The way we sit right now he needs to know both so it helps us from a depth perspective as well. We’ll keep him at left this week just so he can hone in on that for an extended period of time and see how he does.”
It makes one wonder if Hairston is gaining an edge on the all important swing tackle job behind Demtrius Bell and Erik Pears. If so, Hairston’s performance Thursday night is of huge significance.
Tags: 2011 preseason, Chan Gailey, Chris Hairston, Demetrius Bell, Erik Pears
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