Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- Once the initial wave of free agency calmed down and the 2013 NFL Draft passed, one of the lingering questions surrounding the roster of the Buffalo Bills revolved around who would be lining up at left guard. After seeing Colin Brown, Chris Scott and Sam Young take first-team repetitions at the spot through the first few weeks of off-season work, the Bills made the move to bring in Doug Legursky.
Spending the past four seasons mostly as a depth offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, even Legursky's 17 starts make him the most experienced left guard candidate by a lengthy margin. He doesn't attempt to hide it, he's ready to win the starting job.
"They've made no secret about it that there's a competition around here and that involves a few different players. I'm just glad to be a part of it. May the best man win," Legursky said. "No hard feelings either way, but nobody's in this league to be a backup, so everybody that's in that competition is playing their best ball trying to make it and that includes me."
In his first two days on the practice field, he's even gotten time with the first-team near the end of each practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. It's clear the Bills want to see what he's all about and if he is indeed the answer to occupy the space between left tackle Cordy Glenn and center Eric Wood.
"We want to see what he can do I think because he's just come in these last couple of days, you want to get a nice evaluation on him," Nathaniel Hackett remarked.
The favorite to win the job before Legursky showed up, Colin Brown, still took the majority of the first-team reps through the first two days of mini-camp.
"Right now, we really don't have -- just like at quarterback -- we're having that competition at left guard," Head Coach Doug Marrone said. "Colin's in there, Doug's in there and I think we might put some other players in there."
It was a rather lengthy wait for Legursky before he finally landed with another team. He signed a 2-year contract with the Bills that's worth a total of $2 million. He spoke with a few different teams with varying interest levels, but in the end he felt Buffalo was right for him.
"To tell you the truth, man, they've got an offensive line room full of a bunch of salty dogs. I love it, dude," Legursky exclaimed. "A bunch of guys in there that get the job done and they do it the right way. They don't complain a lot. They just go out there and try to beat people up and that's what I like to do."
Legursky and the Bills have one more day of mini-camp before they break until July 28 for the start of training camp at St. John Fisher College. At Wednesday's practice, Kyle Williams, Chris Hairston, Lee Smith and Keith Williams refrained from doing any work on the field with the team due to injury.