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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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