ORCHARD PARK, NY – The Bills entered the offseason needing to upgrade at right tackle after a bipolar performance from Jordan Mills in 2016. Despite re-signing Mills to a new two-year contract earlier this month, their answer at the position could come from another recently re-signed offensive lineman.
On a conference call with the local media on Monday, Groy made it known that he’s more than willing to give right tackle a shot.
“You know I haven’t heard a thing about it, I’m willing to try whatever,” the 25-year-old said. “You know I played a couple games in college at tackle and I’d be fine doing it. Obviously it takes practice and reps. It’s not like I’m unathletic where I couldn’t do it, and I’m not too short where I couldn’t do it either. I’d be fine doing whatever.”
At Wisconsin, Groy made a name for himself as a jack-of-all trades, starting games at guard, center, tackle and even fullback. Buffalo saw the value in that versatility when they signed him off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad during the 2015 season. Then, as the team’s top backup, interior offensive lineman this past season, he was thrust into the starting lineup after center Eric Wood suffered a broken leg and thrived over the final seven games.
“At that point I just wanted to show that I could be versatile,” Groy explained. “I hadn’t shown that I could play center, so in the Seattle game everyone was worried about me going in and playing. I knew I could play it and I knew I could be successful playing it, but it was part of proving to the coaches and the team that I could play in this league.”
The three-year-veteran’s performance and versatility garnered some interest from four other teams when he became a restricted free agent at the start of the new league year, after being tendered by the Bills at the lowest level. Ultimately he settled on a two-year, $5 million offer sheet from the Los Angeles Rams, which the Bills eventually matched days later.
While the three-year veteran is excited to be back in Buffalo, he admitted that he has yet to speak with new head coach Sean McDermott or the rest of the staff about what his exact role will be.
“I’ve just been talking to my agent, and that’s pretty much it,” Groy said. “I’m sure maybe there will be some conversations soon, but no we have not [spoken].”
With a jigsaw puzzle to figure out at right tackle, Groy could certainly emerge as a viable option at the position by the start of the 2017 season.
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