With draft weekend over, we now know the players we will likely be going into the season with along the offensive line. It's not pretty, and barring any trades or late free agent pick ups, it appears it'll be Demetrius Bell vs Jamon Meredith (I don't view Ed Wang as a possibility at this point) for the starting LT position. Are we sure?
I haven't commented as much over the past day or so as I'd like to have. I actually spent much of my evening reading the two excellent posts by Brian and DJ with the accompanying replies, along with being fixated on the History Channel, and saw a lot of comments about Demetrius Bell. I'm seeing a lot of Rumblers believing the starting Left Tackle role is Bell's to lose or that it'll be a battle royale between him and Meredith. I'm not sure that is going to happen. I'm not sure that physically can happen.
What I've noticed is everyone glossing over the fact that Bell will be coming off surgery to repair his torn ACL. He tore that sucker in Week 10 against Tennessee, which was in mid-November. Is he really going to be ready for the preseason? Is he really going to be ready for the season opener?
It's pretty obvious that the Bills are certainly planning on that being the case, and obviously gave Bell the unsaid "vote of confidence" after not selecting a capable starting LT in the draft or signing/trading for a veteran. I'm just not convinced that relying on his return to full health is the greatest of ideas. Remember, this is a 300+ lb individual, so there's no guarantee he'll be ready roughly 9 months after going under the knife. I'm just finding this difficult to overlook when discussing this position, and it sure seems like a factor that everyone is forgetting when we talk about who might be starting now that LT went unaddressed in the draft. I just hope the Bills aren't overlooking the possibility of Bell not being ready to start the year.