Buffalo Bills Cordy Glenn gets deserved praise from Doug Marrone

Buffalo Bills tackle Cordy Glenn (77) against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn is one of the most underrated players in the game, because he doesn’t get nearly enough credit for his ability to protect E.J. Manuel’s blindside (or Thad Lewis’s…or Jeff Tuel’s). Glenn is blossoming into one of the best pass blocking left tackles in the game, as he is building an excellent second year following his first year campaign. It’s always been interesting to watch Glenn and New England Patriots DE Chandler Jones go at it, because both players are talented, second-year (rookies last year when they fought head-to-head) players who match up against each other in divisional rivalry games. But on both occasions that we’ve seen Glenn and Jones go at it (Jones missed a game against the Bills last year with an injury), Glenn has won the battle.

In fact, Glenn has beaten the majority of the pass rushers he’s faced in his young career, and he’s well on his way to stardom. Eric Wood may have received the big contract extension, but Glenn is clearly the Bills best offensive lineman. His young age and status as a left tackle make him all the more valuable to the Bills, and Bills head coach Doug Marrone certainly recognizes just how well Glenn has played this season.

Per the Bills official site, “He’s playing well,” Marrone said. “When you’re a left tackle and nobody’s really talking about you, that’s a pretty good year.”

Glenn has consistently kept the pocket clean for the Bills quarterbacks this season, and I think he’ll find himself on numerous All-Pro lists by the time his career winds down. He’s right on track to achieving elite status as a left tackle in this league, because he’s playing at a consistently high level right now in just his second season in the NFL.

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  • NWBill

    There’s no question that he’s one of the most underrated – if not THE most underrated – tackle in the game. If he played in New York or Green Bay or New Orleans, or somewhere else that had a larger media outlet, then he’d be much better known. As it is, he’s one of the top 5 OTs out there, and he’s only going to get better. He might be Buddy Nix’s best draft pick EVER, beside EJ Manuel.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      I don’t think he’s a top five tackle, but he’s already one of the better tackles in the league and is well on his way to being one of the best. If you want to call him a top ten tackle, then that’s something I’m cool with. Top five? That’s too high for my liking. I’d say Glenn looks like a MUCH better pick than Manuel right now. Not that I have anything against Manuel, but Glenn has shown a lot more than Manuel has in my view. I mean, he already looks like a future elite LT.

      • NWBill

        Well, you made some good points – in MY view, Glenn (right now) is a top-5 tackle. And I think that if you wait until the end of the season, and then go and look at the stats for the OTs in the league ….you’ll find Glenn there near the top, He doesn’t seem that way to you because talent in Buffalo is minimized by a lack of national exposure and the Bills being a small-market team. If Glenn started for Seattle, or the Saints, or New England – he’d have the notoriety to go along with his massive talent, I’m sure.

        Comparing Glenn to Manuel as draft picks is comparing apples to oranges; the two positions – and the talents they require – could hardly be more different, even though they play on the same offense. That’s just simple common sense, which any fan wouldn’t have a problem seeing. Second; EJ has been (unfortunately) injured for much of his career to date, while Glenn hasn’t. Guess who’s had more time to develop and learn how to play in the NFL? I think you’re one of the many people who seem to want to write the last chapter in the EJ Manuel book even before the first chapter’s been finished. The kid needs a full year under his belt – WITH his full cast around him, and coaches – before anyone can start saying he hasn’t “shown much.” Geeze, have a little patience for this guy – who most QB insiders STILL think will be a franchise QB sooner or later. People gave JP Losman more time than they want to give to EJ, and Losman was such an obvious bust (and a headcase to boot) that it’s just ridiculous to try to view EJ in the same light. Not every QB can do what Russell Wilson or RGIII did in their first years; that kind of talent comes along rarely. EJ, though, has as much talent as those guys do – and he’s taller, stronger, and as fast as they are. Anyone who saw him throw doesn’t have any doubt about his arm strength (something Buffalo sorely missed last year with Fitz), and this kid’s head is on straight. Give him time; you’ll be glad that you did.

        • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

          No worries on giving Manuel time, because I totally understand that. In fact, I’m always the first to say that you need to give a QB three years in order to truly develop him and see where he’s at. It takes time to develop QBs, and Manuel has all the tools. He’s just very raw, so it would be unrealistic to expect much out of him as a rookie; the Bills knew that when they drafted him.

          But at the same time, you can’t tell me that he’s a better draft pick than Cordy Glenn, because he hasn’t developed yet. You can’t assume that he’s going to be a great QB either, whereas Glenn is already a great left tackle. I’m definitely all for giving Manuel time (it’s pretty obvious, too), but my argument was that you can’t suddenly make the claim that Manuel is Nix’s best pick.

          • NWBill

            I’d say that, in today’s college atmosphere with so many schools running pro-style offenses, and with the pace of training and level of coaching at all levels, it’s more like 2 years before you really see where a QB’s at. If I were an NFL GM, and I drafted a QB in the first round ….I wouldn’t want to have to wait three years to find out if I made a good investment or not. My fan base certainly wouldn’t wait that long – ever for a great kid like EJ. The NFL is a “either you got the sand to play at this level, or you don’t” kind of league, and I’d say – again – that EJ deserves those two years. He won’t need that long, though – even with parts of his game being, as you say, “raw.” And while he’s filling the excellent role he’s in, he’s got a top-drawer tackle protecting his blind side. Seems to me that Buffalo’s done VERY nicely on both sides of the ball in the last few drafts ….and is on the cusp of something really special.