Ryan Groy’s versatility along the offensive line presents a unique challenge for first-year Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott when it comes to Groy’s playing time. Groy, who is in his third season in Orchard Park as the team’s top interior backup offensive lineman, currently serves as the primary backup at center to veteran Eric Wood.
With the recent struggles at right guard, where neither John Miller nor Vladimir Ducasse has run away with the starting job, could Groy could prove his worth at right guard?
It’s a solution that would seem to make sense, since Groy has proven he can play well at every spot along the line, but when asked about the possibility of inserting Groy into the lineup at any position other than center, McDermott seemed lukewarm to the idea.
“There is,” McDermott said when asked if he would consider turning to Groy as a solution at right guard. “Ryan does some good things and the important part for Ryan is that he does backup Eric (Wood) as well at the center position. Ryan does give us some flexibility both at center and as well as at guard.”
Listed at 6-feet-5, 320 pounds, Groy is signed with Buffalo through the 2018 season. This offseason, the Bills opted to match the two-year, $5 million offer sheet given to Groy by the Los Angeles Rams to keep him in Western New York. This move came on the heels of a strong close to the 2016 season, when Groy took over when Wood broke his leg in the game at Seattle and started the final seven games.
Groy’s performance on the field earned him recognition as Pro Football Focus’ “Secret Superatar” of the Bills. Groy earned this designation because, during the 2016 season, he was on the field for 291 snaps in which he was asked to pass block, and he didn’t allow a single sack.
Seems like the Bills sure could use Groy’s services, but whether he plays guard or center appears to be up for debate.