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Playing time for Wrotto

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2010 – 3:16 pm

With veteran OT Cornell Green going to injured reserve to make room for LB Shawne Merriman on the roster, the starting right tackle job looked like it was going by default to undrafted rookie Cordaro Howard. But head coach Chan Gailey has different ideas.

Gailey indicated Thursday that Howard could be part of a platoon situation with four-year veteran Mansfield Wrotto.

When asked specifically if Howard would continue as the starting right tackle, Gailey responded with the following.

“He and Mansfield Wrotto will probably both play at that spot,” Gailey said.

Buffalo’s head coach did not elaborate on how playing time might be divided between the two, but Wrotto does have more NFL experience than Howard. Originally signed to the practice squad in Week 3 and promoted to the active roster a week later, Wrotto has appeared in 18 games including five starts, all of which came with the team that drafted him the Seattle Seahawks.

Howard has had his moments and his struggles in his first two NFL starts. Here was Chan Gailey’s assessment after his first NFL start at Baltimore.

“He did okay for the first time out,” said Gailey. “That’s a tough place to go play in a tough situation for your very first start in the NFL. And I thought he held his own. He didn’t grade out high, but he held his own. Toward the end, he got tired and a little sloppy in technique, but the guy went out and played 80 plays in what we consider heat coming from Buffalo against a very good defense. So, I thought he held his own.”

Wrotto, now entering his second month with the club has a good handle on the offensive system and blocking assignments, so if the offensive staff likely feels comfortable putting him in the lineup at some point to see if he fares any better than Howard.


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Practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2010 – 12:46 pm

Just two players not participating in practice Wednesday.

Terrence McGee and Cornell Green are not participating in practice. S Jon Corto is practicing with his teammates, but remains on Reserve/PUP. The team has until Nov. 8th to decide on when or whether to elevate Corto to the active roster.

“I can only control what I can control,” said Corto of the decision facing the coaching staff on his status. “So, I’m going to go out there and get myself into shape for if they do call me up, I’m ready to rock.”

There’s a very good chance that Corto could be activated sooner rather than later. Corto would be an immediate boost to Buffalo’s coverage units on special teams.


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Why Howard was in for Green

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2010 – 4:43 pm

Some may have noticed that Cordaro Howard stepped in for Cornell Green at right tackle in the fourth quarter. Head coach Chan Gailey explained why.

“He was a little bit banged up actually in the fourth quarter,” said Gailey of Green. “So we had to play Cordaro at right tackle in the fourth quarter.”

Howard also stepped in to spell Demetrius Bell early in the game as has been the case all season to make sure Bell is still fresh come the fourth quarter. Kraig Urbik spelled Eric Wood in similar fashion.


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OT Green out

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2010 – 4:49 pm

Bills starting RT Cornell Green will not play tonight.

Green will be replaced in the lineup by Jamon Meredith.


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OT Green liking Spiller’s speed

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2010 – 12:03 am

Bills head coach Chan Gailey has said that C.J. Spiller can help make an offensive line better because he doesn’t need linemen to hold blocks as long. Not surprisingly right tackle Cornell Green was singing Spiller’s praises after his two touchdown performance.

“He’s something else,” said Green. “When I first saw him in minicamps he done made a move on one of our linebackers and I said, ‘Wow, that’s why they picked him.’ It’s good man. He’s got a long way to go too, but we’re stacked back there this year. We’ve got Fred, we’ve got Marshawn, we’ve got him so we might cause a little threat out there.”

If Saturday night was any indication, running the football should not be a problem for the Bills this season.


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O-line starters warming up

Posted by Chris Brown on August 19, 2010 – 6:05 pm

It’s looking good for the first unit offensive line to be fully intact tonight against the Colts.

Demetrius Bell, Eric Wood and Cornell Green are all going through warm up plays with the rest of the starting unit.

Defensively, Paul Poslusznzy, Paul Posluszny, Keith Ellison and Chris Kelsay are all suited up as well.


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OT Green a likely game day decision

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2010 – 8:05 am

Right tackle Cornell Green has participated in practice all week coming off a knee injury suffered in practice the week before, but head coach Chan Gailey wants to wait on making a final call on Green’s availability for Thursday night’s preseason game in Toronto.

“There’s a chance. I think we have to see. He went (Monday) night, went again (Tuesday). Let’s see how he feels come Thursday night,” said Gailey.

With Demetrius Bell and Eric Wood expected to see some brief action, if Green is able to play it would be the first time the projected starting five offensive linemen would be together in live action.


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3 vets back

Posted by Chris Brown on August 16, 2010 – 9:37 am

Three Bills vets are back practicing here Monday morning at camp.

Cornell Green, Spencer Johnson and Derek Schouman are all participating.


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Starting O-line unlikely Friday

Posted by Chris Brown on August 10, 2010 – 11:26 am

Bills head coach Chan Gailey indicated that having the starting five lined up for Friday night’s preseason opener in Washington may not be in the cards.

“I doubt in this game that we’ll have all five offensive linemen out there,” said Gailey. “You’re trying to create continuity. You’re trying to create focus. You’re trying to create a sense of oneness on that team to be able to be successful. I don’t know if you get that unless you’ve got everybody there intact throughout the whole preseason.  So it’s going to be piece meal for us as I see it going into at least the first game. We’ll see after that how it goes.”

In all likelihood that means that Demetrius Bell and/or Eric Wood will not be dressed for Friday night’s game against the Redskins as the team has been careful in the amount of team work given to each of them in the team segments during practice. Cornell Green is also nursing a right leg injury suffered over the weekend.

We’ll likely know more specifics later in the week.


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OT Green injury not bad

Posted by Chris Brown on August 7, 2010 – 3:54 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey indicated that the injury that forced OT Cornell Green to leave practice early was not a serious one.

“Just tweaked something,” said Gailey. “It’s precautionary. It looks like it’s minor and I’m hoping he’ll be back very soon.”

Gailey did not disclose the location of the injury.


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Green leaves early

Posted by Chris Brown on August 7, 2010 – 2:57 pm

Veteran OT Cornell Green is headed to the locker room.

The right tackle got nicked up in practice. He walked to the locker room under his own power, but had an ice wrap on his right leg.


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New non-participants

Posted by Chris Brown on August 5, 2010 – 2:14 pm

Training camp has a few more spectators from the roster and all of them are on the offensive side of the ball.

WR David Nelson is watching after he appeared to tweak something last night and was held out of the second half of practice.

TE Derek Schouman and RT Cornell Green are both sitting out, but it could be veteran rest days for them.

We’ll get an update from Chan Gailey after practice.


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OT Green’s trip to Swaziland

Posted by Chris Brown on June 29, 2010 – 2:19 pm

Bills OT Cornell Green along with Saints DL Anthony Hargrove and NFL OL George Foster took a trip to Swaziland to spread some good will this offseason in a country that has unfortunately been ravaged by the HIV virus.

The trio helped to build some fencing to keep animals from eating the crops of the local villagers. They also introduced football to some of the youngsters.

Watching the video it’s clear that the problems of Swaziland hit home for all three linemen. Here’s more information on how you can help the effort in Swaziland.


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OT Green to sit for a bit

Posted by Chris Brown on June 16, 2010 – 2:07 pm

Bills OT Cornell Green has an injury according to head coach Chan Gailey.

Gailey was asked about Green, who did not practice on Wednesday at the voluntary OTA workout.

“Cornell pulled something and he’s out for a couple of days,” said Gailey.

Green left practice early on Tuesday and did not return.


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Green: “Trent is ready to go”

Posted by Chris Brown on June 1, 2010 – 1:35 pm

Bills starting right tackle Cornell Green is pretty impressed with Trent Edwards approach to the 2010 season. Green believes Edwards is “ready to go” right now.

“Trent is ready man,” said Green. “He’s ready to go. He’s talking to us every day. We’re amongst him every day. We’re just trying to jell right now.”

It’s clear that Edwards is making a more concerted effort to be a leader, and is outwardly displaying a greater sense of  conviction among his teammates.

“Just his confidence man,” said Green. “He’s confident with what he wants to do. He wants to lead a team. He’s had some years in the league and he just wants to be able to get this team past that point of just being a good team and getting to the playoffs. He works with us every day. We eat breakfast together, we’re chatting with him so I’m looking forward to working with him.”

If Edwards confident nature can translate into more consistent play on the field it would be a big plus for him in the QB competition, but his outward displays of leadership amongst teammates will also help.

Edwards was the second QB through in the rotation in 7-on-7 and first in 11-0n-11 at practice Tuesday.


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1-on-1 interview with Green

Posted by Chris Brown on March 8, 2010 – 7:03 pm

Buffalobills.com was able to speak with the newest Bills offensive linemen Cornell Green Monday shortly after he signed his contract with the Bills.

The Bills are pleased to land an offensive tackle with so much experience for what is on the whole a mostly young unit. Green has 46 career starts and has played in and won a Super Bowl (Tampa Bay). He said he expects to play right tackle, but is open to anything.

“Primarily I’m a right tackle, but whatever I’m called upon to do and wherever I’m needed I’m ready to do what I have to do to get this team over the hump and get it back to the playoffs and give this town what they expect out of the Bills organization,” said Green.

Sounds like the guy already has the pulse of the fan base.


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Report: Bills sign OL Green

Posted by Chris Brown on March 8, 2010 – 5:57 pm

NFL.com is reporting that the Bills have signed OL Cornell Green.

NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora is reporting that it’s a multi-year deal for Green, who played his last three seasons in Oakland primarily as the team’s starting right tackle.

Green was visiting with the Buffalo coaching staff at One Bills Drive on Monday.


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