The first notable lineup change took place at practice Tuesday as
“Chad has played pretty well during camp, and he’s earned the right to compete for the job on a little bit more equal basis,” Gailey said. “We’ll give him a shot and see how it plays out. Now is the time to give a guy a chance if he’s earned it.”
For Rinehart it’s an opportunity he was hoping he’d get at the outset of camp after appearing in four games last season for the Bills including three starts at right guard.
“I came in expecting to compete for a starting spot or at least get into the rotation,” said Rinehart. “That was just done a little different this year just having the same guys with the ones and the same guys with the twos. So I just need to take advantage of the opportunity of getting reps with the starters.”
Levitre meanwhile lined up at left guard with the second unit at practice Tuesday. This doesn’t appear to be a permanent move by the offensive staff as Gailey hinted that Levitre and Rinehart could be splitting time at the position with the starters.
“Chad is the one guy right now that’s fought his way to deserve a shot to at least split some time there,” he said.
Even Rinehart doesn’t make things sound like they’re permanent as he assessed his move up the depth chart.
“I feel like the last game was a little disappointing and I think Andy (Levitre) felt the same way so they’re just doing this to increase the competition at the guard spot,” he said. “Hopefully it’ll elevate both of our play going into the (next) game.”
Some updates were provided by coach Gailey on the status of some of his injured players Tuesday. Sixth-round pick
“He’s a couple of weeks, three weeks away,” said Gailey of White’s ankle injury. “He got rolled up on pretty good so he’s going to be a while.”
"It's a little tight," he said. "I didn't play much Saturday, but coming out here I got a good workout early and I'll see how I feel (Wednesday) and just go from there.”
“It’s minor,” said Gailey of Merriman’s situation. “If we err, we’ll err on the side of caution with that to make sure he’s back full speed. We don’t want him to put any undue pressure on areas there.”
There weren’t too many highlights as the offense looked out of sync for long stretches of the practice, but
The Bills have a night practice Wednesday set for 7:15 pm.