Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bills gain OL depth, release training camp dates


It took a little while, but the Buffalo Bills finally pointed the spotlight at their offensive line on Wednesday, signing former Pittsburgh Steeler Doug Legursky.

Legursky fits coach Doug Marrone's mold to a T: He's durable, aggressive and can play multiple positions, taking snaps at both guard and center in Pittsburgh. The soon-to-be 27-year-old has 50 games of experience under his belt (including playoff action), starting 17 of those. (photo: Jeff Byrk, Flickr)

The move is a big step for Legursky as well, who has an opportunity at some serious playing time if he proves his worth. Andy Levitre's left guard spot is up for grabs at the moment, along with the second-string center role behind Eric Wood.

"Nobody is in this league to be a backup,” Legursky told Chris Brown of after the announcement. "Everybody wants to be on the field and contribute to wins. I’m not here to be a swing guy. If that’s what I’m called upon to do then I’ll not say a peep about it and I’ll do it. But I’m coming in here fighting for a spot and that should be everybody’s attitude."

Legursky is the first notable offensive lineman the team has brought on this offseason, limiting most of their moves at the position to rookie signings. Though his contract details have yet to be announced, don't be surprised if the team goes out and grabs another body before training camp. 

Buffalo has more than $19 million in cap space to play with at the moment. And while priority No. 1 is likely to go toward signing safety Jairus Byrd to a long-term deal, the Bills' front line could certainly use another able-bodied utility man with some experience, as the majority of the squad is pretty wet behind the ears since the departure of Levitre and Rinehart.

Also on Wednesday, the team announced the specifics of its training camp schedule, which will take place starting July 28 at St. John Fisher College. This will be the 14th year the Bills have called the Cardinal campus its summer home, which runs until Aug. 21.

For a complete look at the camp schedule, click here.

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