The Buffalo Bills have added some depth on their offensive line today, officially announcing that they have signed offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse and center Russell Bodine. Newhouse most recently played for the Oakland Raiders while Bodine was with the Cincinnati Bengals. Bodine is on a two-year deal while Newhouse signed a one-year contract.
Bodine has started the last 64 games at center for the Bengals. He would seem to be firmly in the mix to replace Eric Wood, who has said he can longer play football. He will battle with Ryan Groy for the spot. He’s a former fourth round pick.
Joe Goodberry, a Bengals writer with ties to Western New York, had this to say about Bodine and it was co-signed by SB Nation’s Rebecca Toback.
Good: Started a ton of games (64) and is still relatively young (25). Has taken small steps in improvement.— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) March 18, 2018
Bad: About 60 of those games aren't good. Lacks athleticism, core strength, length and Bengals have been destroyed on stunts/games up the middle.
Newhouse is longer in the tooth. He started 14 games for the Raiders this season but was released for inconsistent play. Prior to that he started 20 games over two seasons for the New York Giants, five games in one season in Cincinnati, and 31 games in three seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He was a 2010 fifth round pick and could have a shot at the right tackle job or as the top reserve tackle behind left tackle Dion Dawkins and incumbent right tackle Jordan Mills, says Raiders blogger Levi Damien.
You might remember Newhouse for a gaffe on Monday Night Football this past season, when he scooped a Derek Carr fumble and was tackled, flying through the air and fumbling in the process. Watch the full videos here. His reactions were pretty funny, too.