Inside The Bills

Where Hairston might have an edge

Posted by Chris Brown on July 6, 2012 – 10:02 am

It’s clear that the Bills brass want to get Cordy Glenn as ready as possible as soon as possible for the starting left tackle role. But there’s one thing that his chief competitor for the starting job has on the rookie, NFL regular season playing experience.

Hairston appeared in 13 NFL games as a rookie including seven starts at left tackle and he did it without the benefit of any OTAs or minicamp practices. He just jumped right in at training camp. The second-year Clemson product intends to channel that experience to the practice field at training camp.

“Just being able to play out there against the likes of Osi (Umenyiora), (Jason) Babin, I mean you name it we come against one every week,” Hairston said. “It was pretty special and I took that experience and tried to really soak it in. This year I want to use it to my best advantage.”

Facing those pass rushing talents along with Mario Williams every day in practice this spring certainly didn’t hurt Hairston’s progress. I’m not saying the Hairston will beat out Glenn or that Glenn will beat out Hairston. What I will say is this could prove to be a competition that’s a lot closer than most believe. The proof will be in the pads.

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