The timing of the release of Langston Walker was surprising, but seeing him released was not.
It was clear that the veteran tackle had fallen out of favor with the coaching staff as they began experimenting with Demetrius Bell in the starting lineup during the Green Bay preseason game. It was clear then that Buffalo’s staff wanted to make the switch sooner rather than later, but when Bell went down with the back injury in practice just two days after that game it put the staff’s plans on hold.
This is a very, very, very bold move by the Bills. I give them credit for taking such a bold step with a far younger player that has no NFL regular season game experience. Couple that with the fact that he’s going to be lining up next to a rookie in left guard Andy Levitre and it’s a big roll of the dice against an experienced defensive line in New England for Week 1.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe that Bell and Levitre will both be productive players for the Bills for a long time. I just think like any rookie or inexperienced player there are going to be growing pains and peaks and valleys to their 2009 season. In the long run it looks like a solid left side of the line. When the Bills will reap the rewards of this decision however, is tough to say.
Tags: Demetrius Bell, Langston Walker
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