Inside The Bills

Starting LT comes down to game

Posted by Chris Brown on August 23, 2011 – 5:59 pm

The sudden competition at starting left tackle between incumbent Demetrius Bell and linemate Andy Levitre continued in practice on Tuesday, with the rep count almost dead even with the first unit. Head coach Chan Gailey offered some clarity as to how things could play out pointing to Saturday’s preseason game against Jacksonville.

“They’re splitting reps and let’s see who plays the best come Saturday night,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do and it’s almost not fair to Andy because of throwing him in there so late in the game and asking him to play this week, but he’s done it before and we think we need to give him a shot to do that.”

When asked where that leaves Levitre, knowing he’s essentially competing for two different starting roles, Gailey said at worst Levitre is the team’s starting left guard for 2011.

“He’s the starting left guard,” said Gailey of Levitre. “If Demetrius ends up being the guy at left tackle, he ends up going back to starting at left guard.”

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