Earlier this morning, we spent some quality time talking up the fact that the Buffalo Bills need to be healthier on the offensive line in 2011 if they plan to take a step forward offensively under Chan Gailey's offense. With that in mind, depth is obviously a huge issue on any football team, and most good teams have a top reserve up front that they look to first if a player goes down.
Thanks to the multitude of injuries the team dealt with a year ago, the team certainly isn't lacking in experienced options. Depending on who starts at center, it's even possible that we can count Geoff Hangartner in a conversation that includes Kraig Urbik and Chad Rinehart on the inside. That conversation also includes Mansfield Wrotto and Cordaro Howard - two players that are best fits as guards, but who have NFL experience playing tackle.
Those aren't the only names vying to be the Bills' go-to sixth lineman - 2010 fifth-round pick Ed Wang could fit into the picture, as well - but right now, those five players are the front-runners. It'll be something of a mess to figure out, but it's conceivable that one could emerge as a literal sixth man up front.