It wasn’t an absolute, but according to head coach Rex Ryan is sounds like veteran offensive tackle Wayne Hunter, who came in on a tryout basis during Buffalo’s mandatory minicamp may soon be a Buffalo Bill.
Hunter participated in his second straight minicamp practices with the Bills, albeit on a limited basis.
“Yeah we just put him through the individual drills,” said Ryan. “We weren’t putting him out there for any team drills. Just so he gets his feet wet and picks up some terminology and things like that. Where he will have a better chance is when we get back out there in training camp. It is good for a veteran player just to get out. I think he has impressed some coaches with how athletic he is. And he looks like he is in great shape. It will be fun watching him compete.”
When asked if Hunter will be signed before training camp, Ryan indicated that would be the case provided he passes a team physical.
“Yeah I think he will be signed,” Ryan said.
Ryan has a prior working history with Hunter, who spent three (2009-2011) of his four NFL seasons with the New York Jets (2009-2012) under Ryan.
Ryan sounds like he views Hunter as reliable veteran insurance at offensive tackle and maybe another position or two.
“He is a guy that did a tremendous job for us early,” said Ryan of their time together in New York. “I think in an ideal world there are some players for whatever reason that are better in multiple roles and being almost like a utility guy, playing guard, tackle, tight end. Giving you a lot of that versatility, a smart athletic guy. That is why he is here.”
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