Friday, August 24, 2012

Bills center Wood likes rookie Glenn's demeanor


Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood has "high expectations" for his team's offensive line this season.

And a lot of the weight regarding whether or not Buffalo will in fact be successful up front will ride on the shoulders of rookie tackle Cordy Glenn, who was recently named the team's starting left tackle.

Wood thinks Glenn will be just fine.

"Probably the best thing about him is he is a really even-keeled kid," Wood told reporters Thursday, according to the team's website. "I kind of ride with my emotions at times. I always mess with him and tell him I wish I had his demeanor at times. I am sure he wishes he had mine at times."

Glenn's steady demeanor during training camp is all fine and dandy, but he'll need to translate it to the field. Glenn got a taste of the big leagues the last two weeks facing Washington Redskins' Brian Orakpo and Minnesota Vikings' Jared Allen.

Glenn wasn't terrible or impressive against either of them, and coach Chan Gailey said earlier in the week that Glenn "needs as much playing time as he can get."

"It seems like every preseason game he has faced another great pass rusher," Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said Wednesday. "That is just how this league is. We are expecting him to step up and to play well. He still has a couple more weeks to get going, just in the preseason. Getting his feet wet and all that, but we are expecting big things from him this year."

Wood compared Glenn's in-game attitude to that of a seasoned signal-caller.

"He is going to have a consistent year for us because he can kind of control his emotions and he does not ride with the ups and downs of the game—like a good quarterback," Wood said. "He is a consistent player for us over there."

Glenn will get plenty of action in the team's third preseason game, a bout with the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday.

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