Finally healthy and coming off a strong performance in San Diego, Demetrius Bell looks like he's on the verge of re-claiming his starting left tackle role heading into the Buffalo Bills' Week 15 showdown with the Miami Dolphins.
In last week's loss to the Chargers, Bell split reps with rookie Chris Hairston, who had made several consecutive starts at the position after recovering from an injury himself. Bell clearly outperformed Hairston, and with three games left in Bell's rookie contract with the Bills, it makes perfect sense to re-evaluate him one last time before he hits unrestricted free agency.
Earlier this week, the Bills gave right tackle Erik Pears a three-year, $9.3 million contract, and Hairston is locked up through the end of the 2014 season on a four-year rookie deal, as well. Those two players will be in Buffalo for the foreseeable future, leaving Bell as the only remaining question mark.
In Bell, Hairston and Pears, the Bills have something they haven't had in quite a while - three serviceable offensive tackles on the same roster. If Bell performs well to close out the season and the team feels comfortable with his health, they may look to preserve their depth at the position - even if the trio won't be league-revered at their craft.