The Buffalo Bills have found their man to protect quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s blindside.
The Bills announced Monday that second-round pick Cordy Glenn will start for the team at left tackle when Buffalo heads to New York to open up the season against the Jets on Sept. 9.
“Cordy has great ability. Ability is not the issue, it is just playing time," Bills coach Chan Gailey said in a statement released by the team. "He needs as much playing time as he can get. I think if he gets playing time he has a chance to be a really good football player."
Glenn has faced some of the best the NFL has to offer at defensive end without even playing a regular season game. Glenn has lined up opposite Mario Williams and Mark Anderson throughout Buffalo’s OTAs and training camp. He also faced two tough challenges in the Bills’ first two preseason games, struggling against Washington’s Brian Orakpo and Minnesota’s Jared Allen.
However, the Bills’ coaching staff has confidence Glenn will continue to improve.
"He has not done great against the two good pass rushers he has faced (Orakpo and Allen), but he has done OK," Gailey said. "I think we see a great upside with him.”
The 22-year-old Glenn was selected 41st overall by the Bills after playing four years at Georgia. He was the fourth offensive lineman taken in April’s draft, behind Minnesota’s Matt Kalil, Detroit’s Riley Reiff and Cleveland’s Mitchell Schwartz.