Third-year left tackle Demetrius Bell has been cleared to go by the Buffalo Bills. Bell’s ’09 season ended in the ninth game with a torn ACL.
"He’s really doing good, he really is," GM Buddy Nix said, according to the Buffalo News. "Now I tell you we’re going to try to be smart with him and not take him out there and grind him twice a day. But he’s really further along than we hoped at this time."
It’s great to see Bell, a former seventh-round pick, rebound so well. The Bills would have been badly hurting had they had to turn to second-year man Jamon Meredith to fill the position. That said, don’t let Bell’s return fool you: the Bills are still very weak at left tackle. Bell struggled with his quickness in pass protection last season, and he didn’t consistently exert great strength as a run-blocker. Exacerbating matters were his unpolished mechanics.
Equally as important will be the status of right guard Eric Wood, who is attempting to come back from a gruesome broken right leg. Wood surprisingly participated on a limited basis in some of the spring camps. Bills Rapid Reporter Mark Ludwiczak has said no matter how good Wood feels when camp opens Thursday –and at this point, Wood’s status is unknown – the Bills will limit his reps.
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