Levitre signs, 3 to go

Andy Levitre (Getty Images)

The Bills started training camp before anyone else this season. While it's good to have a head start, a handful of Bills rookies remain unsigned. Now, only three are left...

Now, the competition begins at left guard.

After lengthy negotiations, second-round pick Andy Levitre finally reached a contract agreement with the Bills Sunday. He is the fifth of eight draft picks to sign. Aaron Maybin, Jairus Byrd and Eric Wood still haven't reached a deal with the club, thus are not at the circus raging in St. John Fisher.

Levitre is expected to compete immediately at left guard on Buffalo's refurbished offensive line. His chief competitor will be holdover Kirk Chambers. After playing offensive tackle at Oregon State, Levitre projected immediately as guard in the NFL. His short arms and rounder build are not ideal on the edge in the pros.

It was vital for Levitre to get to camp soon considering the mass shake-up on the line. After fielding the largest offensive line in the NFL for two seasons, the team ridded itself of Derrick Dockery, Jason Peters and Duke Preston. All three sorely underachieved last season on a line that was steamrolled by 3-4 defenses in the AFC East.

Levitre figures to represent what Buffalo is looking for up front - athletic, mobile linemen at the point of attack.

With the Beavers, he was key in getting undersized Jacquizz Rodgers to the edge. Against arguably the best defense in college football in USC, Rodgers ran wild for 168 yards and a touchdown.

Levitre will be given every opportunity to win the job at left guard. After learning the offense at OTAs and minicamp, he'll finally have a chance to apply the X's and O's with the pads on.

The BFR was unable to reach Levitre for comment.

Make sure you check out our Q & A with Levitre from earlier in the offseason.

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