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Buffalo Bills Add Two Veteran Linemen As Training Camp Opens
With training camp set to begin tonight, the Buffalo Bills added Antoine Caldwell, a guard, and Tony Hills, a tackle/guard, to shore up their offensive line depth.
Antoine Caldwell, who played at Alabama, was drafted by the Texans in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft. Caldwell was exclusively a right guard for the Texans, and served mostly in a reserve roll, although did have 19 starts over his 4 year career (6 in 2012). Caldwell’s best year, according to Pro Football Focus, was 2010, where he earned a 4.5 grade overall.
Tony Hills is a tackle drafted by the Steelers in the 4th round of the 2008 draft. Hills had 21 snaps for the Colts last year, but hasn’t seen the field much in his career. It’s somewhat surprising to see a 28 year old veteran tackle with minimal experience get a chance with another team. However, Whaley was still on the Steelers staff when they drafted Hills, so it’s likely that Whaley scouted him, which is why the Bills were willing to give him a shot.
Since both linemen are veterans, both figure to have a shot to make the final roster. Caldwell will have a particularly good look, with the Bills limited depth at the guard position. Antoine Caldwell becomes one of the more experienced players, and gives the coaching staff an option to limit inexperience heading into the regular season.