When you’re tapped to be a starting left tackle in the NFL after only five years of organized football, it’s probably a good thing that nothing fazes you.
Demetrius Bell has been working hard in the off-season and is looking to justify the confidence the Bills’ organization has placed in him by not drafting or picking up another left tackle after Bell trashed his knee midway through last season.
An improved offensive line is vital to any success the Bills expect to achieve this season, so there’s a lot riding on Bell’s rehab. Bell is expected to be ready for the regular season and the Buffalo fans and coaching staff are hoping for an improvement from the horrific season Bell endured before his injury.
In addition to being the most penalized player during his active stint, Bell also ranked dead last in the league in “pass blocking productivity.”
Still, Bell remains positive. In response to a question about the Bills lack of options at left tackle, Bell had this to say:
“I’m not saying that I know everything about football, but I’m learning . . . I would say I’m still in the driver’s seat. I don’t think I’ve reached a quarter up the ladder. I’d say I’m just now scratching the surface. “
If Bell can pass-block half as good as he mixes metaphors, the Bills stand a chance at being in the hunt for a shot at the AFC Championship.
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Written by Mark Jabo