When the Buffalo Bills took the field on Tuesday for Day Two of Organized Team Activities, one thing many planned on keeping an eye on was the developments at right tackle.
It’s one of the positions that is up for grabs in a competition throughout the spring and summer, and it was supposed to have three main combatants to win the job. Except, the Bills still have no idea when, or even if, they’ll get one of those three back.
On the field Tuesday, Jordan Mills took the first-team snaps, while Cyrus Kouandjio stayed with the second team. Noticeably absent, as he has been since the last month of the 2015 season, was former starting right tackle Seantrel Henderson.
“Yeah I have no update for you guys on that. So that is a medical thing,” head coach Rex Ryan said when asked about Henderson. “I really have no update. I haven’t seen Seantrel in quite a while.”
The offensive lineman missed the final five games of 2015 due to an illness, which The Buffalo News later reported was Crohn’s disease. The Bills have provided updates here and there during the offseason, but mostly it’s been a lot of what Rex Ryan said on Tuesday.
The even more concerning part, perhaps, is that the head coach of the team hasn’t seen, or talked to Henderson in quite some time. How much time has it been?
“You know what I can’t recall the time, but it was, I mean it goes back to the last day of the season or whatever,” Ryan revealed. “I can’t really recall talking to him. I think he has been in since then but I haven’t talked to him personally.”
As long as Henderson is away, Mills has a humongous opportunity in the offseason to pull away and win the job at right tackle way earlier than expected. Even though Kouandjio is there and competing, the experience and level of trust the Bills coaching staff has in Mills makes him the clear favorite to win the job.