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Bills center optimistic about QB and OL

A mystery illness has the best player in the group on the sideline.  There will be at least one new starter, quite likely two and an outside shot at three.  Welcome, Bills offensive line, to the first week of training camp.
Left tackle Cordy Glenn, who has started all but three games over his first two NFL seasons, is a mere spectator due to an illness that also kept him out of the mandatory minicamp two months ago.  There's no word as to the severity of that illness or when Glenn will be able to practice.
Chris Williams is the new starter, brought in via free agency this past off season, after the failed Colin Brown/Doug Legursky experiment at left guard.  Erik Pears is at camp attempting to hold on to his starting job at right tackle. His grasp appears tenuous following the Bills decision to take Cyrus Kouandjio with a second round pick in the 2014 draft.  Nothing is set in stone as far as right guard Kraig Urbik is concerned but he should be able to hold off the competition at his position.
In the middle of all this, literally, is veteran center Eric Wood.  The senior member of the group with five seasons as a Bill on his resume, Wood isn't worried about the state of flux up front and said as much during an interview on the WGR morning show.
"Luckily we have a lot of familiar faces back" Wood said.  "We have Chris Williams at left guard, that’s our only new addition once Cordy gets back.  We have pretty good chemistry or should have with that starting five.  The good thing is we have a lot of talented back ups now and they’re competing for starting jobs.  If they can beat out one of the starters that will mean they’re playing pretty good ball."
The biggest question on offense is obviously EJ Manuel.  But the second year quarterback looks a lot different than he did one year ago according to the man who snaps him the ball. 
 "He’s a lot more mature than he was a year ago football-wise.  He’s grown up a lot. His mental approach to the game, his understanding of our offense is tremendous.  He looks in better shape. He just looks more like a big time NFL quarterback and I’m excited for him moving forward.  Just like last year he brought a tremendous work ethic with him and he’ll continue to get better."
You can hear the entire interview with Eric Wood:

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