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Addition to LG competition coming

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2013 – 3:47 pm

The left guard competition has largely been a two-man competition between Colin Brown and Doug Legursky, but head coach Doug Marrone gave ample indication that another candidate will be added to the mix.

Marrone in his assessment of how the left guard competition is shaking out feels there needs to be a third candidate.

“I think both players are doing the best they can,” said Marrone of Brown and Legursky. “I think we have to look to throw someone else in the mix. I don’t think we’ve seen the separation right now.”

Marrone plans to discuss his options with offensive line coach Pat Morris and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on the player’s off day Thursday. A former offensive line coach himself he knows how important it is to get his starting five up front solidified.

“(We’ll) see if there’s anyone else that can go there and see if someone else can separate themselves,” said Marrone. “I think they’re both doing a good job and they both have to develop and I’m looking toward the preseason games to see how they perform in the preseason games. But right now it’s not solidified in the way you want to be right now.”

The most likely candidate to be added to the mix is recent free agent signee Antoine Caldwell. He has more NFL experience playing guard than Legursky and Brown combined and has 19 career starts. The only thing that has likely kept Caldwell from entering the competition sooner was his lack of familiarity with the Bills offensive scheme having just arrived last weekend.

Caldwell was sprinkled in with the second offensive line in practice Tuesday. He could be looking at a whole lot bigger opportunity in the coming days.

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