Bills guard Ike Boettger stretches during warmups at Highmark Stadium.
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This is the eighth in a series of key questions facing the Buffalo Bills as they prepare for training camp. This installment: Who survives the roster battle on the interior O-line?
The Buffalo Bills have three players with whom they would be comfortable being starters at guard.
One, Jon Feliciano, is a presumed lock on the right side, courtesy of the three-year, $14.4 million contract the Bills gave him in March to keep him off the open market.
Another, Cody Ford, figures to have at least somewhat of an inside track on the left side by virtue of being a second-round draft pick in 2019.
A third strong guard candidate is Ike Boettger, who has made a favorable impression on his coaches with his appearance in 12 games last season, including a career-high seven starts.
“There’s three guys right there for two guard spots,” Bills offensive line coach Bobby Johnson told The Buffalo News.
Feliciano had the team’s highest run-blocking grade last season of 76.1, according to the analytics website Pro Football Focus. But he had PFF’s lowest pass-protection grade on the Bills at 46.4. Feliciano’s overall PFF grade in 2020 was 64.6.
Ford played tackle and guard as a rookie, spending more time at tackle after then-starter Ty Nsekhe was injured. Ford began the 2020 season as the No. 1 right guard, but moved…