Bills beef up offensive line

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ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 09: Russell Bodine #61 of the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Bills added some offensive line depth on Monday. 

Buffalo signed both center Russell Bodine and tackle Marshall Newhouse. 

Bodine was a fourth round draft pick of the Bengals in 2014. The good news is he has started every game all four seasons since he was drafted: 64 for 64. 

The bad news seems to be most everything else. Pro Football Focus gave him poor grades for all of his four seasons except for 2016, when his grade was average. 

A Bengals SB Nation article written three days ago about Bodine pointed out that, while the Bengals don’t have much money left to spend in free agency, that might be good because they wouldn’t be able to re-sign Bodine. 

The Bills are the 5th team in six years for the versatile Newhouse. 

He was a 5th round pick in 2010 by the Packers. After not playing his rookie year, Newhouse started 29 of 32 games the next two seasons. That number dropped to only two starts in 2013 and he was not given a second contract in Green Bay. 

From there, he bounced from Cincinnati (2014) to the Giants (2015-16) to Oakland (2017). Newhouse has mostly been a right tackle, but did make three starts at guard for New York in 2016. 

In 2017, Pro Football Focus listed Newhouse as allowing 38 quarterback pressures, or more than two and a half per game. It was, by far, the most among the Raiders. 

Considering the retirement of Eric Wood and the persistent difficulty in solving the right tackle position in Buffalo, both players could have a chance to become starters. 

Both also bring a wealth of experience and, instead, may be seen as preferred depth over untested younger players. 

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