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Doug Marrone happy with Erik Pears at right guard

Doug Marrone came away from Erik Pears' first game at right guard pleased, and seems set on his starting offensive line heading into Week 1.

Vaughn Ridley

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone sounds like he's finally happy with the right side of his offensive line.

In the week leading up to the Bills' 27-14 preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the weekend, Marrone installed rookie Seantrel Henderson at right tackle, with Erik Pears sliding one spot in to right guard. Henderson and Pears had been holding down the left and right tackle positions, respectively, for the first month of training camp, but the switch occurred after Cordy Glenn returned to full health.

Marrone has spoken effusively of Glenn and Henderson as a tackle tandem, and he also had a positive review for Pears after his first game at right guard.

"I thought (Pears) did some really good things against who I respect as one of the top players at his position," Marrone (via The Buffalo News) told reporters on Tuesday after Pears battled Gerald McCoy for a half on Saturday. "I like him there at right guard, and I like Seantrel at right tackle. I’m not going to totally commit myself to it... If an injury occurs, something might change. But if everyone remains healthy... and they continue to keep playing like they’re playing, I see that as how we’ll go."

In theory, that should settle the Bills' starting five up front heading into the regular season. Left guard, however, remains a position to keep an eye on; Chris Williams did not practice on Monday and missed the Bucs game, as well. Rookie guard Cyril Richardson filled in for Williams on Saturday.