Bills' have a rookie starting at right tackle, but it's not the higher pick
Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- When the Bills took tackle Cyrus Kouandjio in the second round of this year’s draft, many thought the kid would take over for Erik Pears.
The Alabama product has looked so bad in training camp and in the preseason games that if he wasn’t a second round pick, he’d likely be cut.
Enter seventh round pick Seantrel Henderson. At Miami, he was a guy that couldn’t stay out of trouble. I remember reading that early in his college career some thought he could be a first round pick, but nobody wanted to chance the iffy behavior. Doug Whaley did and now, he’ll be the starting right tackle when the Bills head to Chicago.
Injuries could always derail that plan but Doug Marrone said, ““I thought Pears did some really good things against who I respect as one of the top players at his position, so I like him there at right guard and I like Seantrel at right tackle.” Marrone added, “If everyone remains healthy and it remains the same and they continue to keep playing like they’re playing, I see that as what we’ll go with.”
Henderson is a huge man at 6’7, 331. He is just thankful that somebody believed in him, “This makes me feel real good. This is always what I wanted to do and I’m glad I got the opportunity to become a Buffalo Bill.”
Whaley and Doug Marrone told Henderson he has one chance and one chance only to turn his life around and stay out of trouble. He has done just that and has taken advantage of his opportunity to show things are different, “I’m glad they took the chance and drafted me. Ever since I’ve been here I’ve just been working hard and getting better with the whole team, doing everything I have to do in order to play.”
Henderson started OTA’s and training camp at left tackle because of the illness that plagued Cordy Glenn. With Glenn back, Marrone didn’t like how the line looked so he took Kraig Urbik out and moved Erik Pears to right guard. That opened up right tackle for Henderson. The rookie said there are a few adjustments flipping over, “It’s not real hard, I played right tackle in college. When you start getting muscle memory on the left side and then you go back to the right side, you’ve just got to gain that back but as long as I work at it, for me it’s not that hard.”
It really has been amazing how well Henderson has made the transition from college to the NFL. He said, “You can’t take no days off. In the NFL everybody’s either as good as you or better than you or just as big as you or bigger than you, so you’ve just got to go hard every day as far as working at you craft and being accountable, reliable and dependable at all times so that’s what I’ve learned the most.”
Many folks are nervous that the Bills are still changing positions on the offensive line with just one preseason game remaining. The line will play in that final game and Henderson doesn’t mind, “It won’t be difficult, so far we’ve (he and Pears) have been making it work and from here on out, that’s what we’re going to keep on doing to get better and better every day and getting to know each other and work with each other every day.