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Vote, Rumblers: Who was the best left tackle of the drought?

The offensive line was another area that held the Buffalo Bills back more than it helped the team during their post-millennial quest to make the playoffs. During some stretches, the Bills held together a patchwork line with undrafted players and overmatched, overpaid veterans. With seventeen years of roster building, the team was able to uncover some effective starters at each position, albeit not all at once. To provide an opportunity for some of the unsung players to stand out (think the right tackles), we’ll be voting on players at each individual offensive line spot, rather than tackles or guards in general. A lineman will be eligible for the position he primarily played during the drought. Today’s group consists of the left tackles.

Jonas Jennings

Longtime left tackle John Fina played two seasons to start the drought, but age and injuries had taken their toll, and the Bills drafted Jennings in 2001, having him start at right tackle. He took over on the left side in 2002 and started 52 career games for the Bills. Drew Bledsoe was known as a plodding pocket passer even before the twilight of his career, so Jennings was part of offensive lines that gave up between 38 and 54 sacks, but those offenses also performed well in terms of passing yardage and time of possession.

Jason Peters

Is he the most successful project player in Buffalo Bills history? Peters joined as an undrafted free agent tight end in 2004 and worked with offensive line coach Jim McNally to convert to tackle. He started ten games on the right side in 2005, then swapped to left tackle in 2006. He made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2008, but contract disputes led the Bills to trade him to the Eagles before 2009. Peters started 55 games for the Bills, and in 2007 he was part of an offensive line that only surrendered 26 sacks. He was one of the very few bright spots during a putrid period of blocking.

Cordy Glenn

When Peters left, Buffalo continued shuffling through lousy replacements until 2012, when they added Glenn in the second round of the draft. Despite the pre-draft refrain of Glenn’s predestination as a guard, he started at left tackle as a rookie and never looked out of place. Glenn started most of six seasons for the Bills, earning a hefty contract extension, but a foot injury caused him to miss 15 games in two seasons, and he was traded after the 2017 season. He played 78 games for the Bills, starting 77. Buffalo’s 2013-2017 offenses were markedly improved from the previous decade, including a 2015 season with the most total yards from 2000-2017, and a 2016 season with the second-most total yards, the most rushing yards, most rushing touchdowns, and the best rushing yards per attempt.


Three multi-year starters at left tackle - which one was the best? Cast your vote!

Next time, we’ll examine the best left guards during the playoff drought.

Poll

Who was the best left tackle of the Buffalo Bills playoff drought?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Jonas Jennings
    (31 votes)
  • 76%
    Jason Peters
    (1307 votes)
  • 21%
    Cordy Glenn
    (375 votes)
1713 votes total Vote Now