Cody Ford Trade

The Buffalo Bills traded up to the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft so they could take Cody Ford. Ford, who will be entering his fourth season, is currently on the outside of the roster bubble.

If Ford wants to make the final 53-man roster, he’ll need to show improvement during the preseason games. His major disadvantage is that he can only perform one or two tasks well.

While many had predicted he would play right tackle in the NFL, he was ultimately pushed inside to guard. So he has experience playing both inside and outside, but he has focused on guard during training this year.

David Quessenberry (the most likely backup), Greg Mancz (center and guard), and Tommy Doyle are a few other players who have seen time at both positions (who have worked at both guard spots and both tackle spots). These players are more valuable on game days and when injuries occur for a limited time because of their ability to switch positions.

His playing time has decreased even at the guard position, where he was once a starter. In Sunday’s game, Bobby Hart, a free agent, started at guard for the team instead of Ford. Most of Hart’s 2021 season was spent on four separate practice squads.

Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic said on Sunday that “Ford has not had a productive camp, even with the opportunities to block for Allen.” Matt Parrino of reports that on Monday, Ford had his best camp practice thus far.

When one defensive lineman was getting up from a pile after a run play, “he exchanged some words with him,” Parrino recounted. His performance against defensive tackle Tim Settle’s power rush in 1-on-1 situations was maybe the best of the day. The running back Duke Johnson gained 10 yards after Hart created a lane for him during team practice.

Despite the high praise, Parrino said Ford still needs to outperform Hart in the last games to make the squad. That’s not exactly ringing praise.

Ford will need to put together a strong streak of sessions and preseason performances if he wants to make the team. There’s no football reason to keep him if he isn’t better than the depth choices, but he’s cheap and I predicted that would keep him on the roster when I wrote about him earlier this summer. Ford’s remaining contract is not guaranteed in any way.

It also wouldn’t surprise me to see Ford traded by the end of August, given general manager Brandon Beane’s history of trading away offensive line depth for a future late-round draft pick.

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Ford split his rookie season between the guard and tackle positions, with the majority of his time spent on the latter due to an ankle injury sustained by Ty Nsekhe. Ford was flagged for an illegal blindside block as overtime approached in Buffalo’s Wild Card Round playoff loss to the Houston Texans.

Cody Ford Contract

Buffalo’s loss could be partially attributed to the questionable penalty. Fans of the Buffalo Bills have set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to help Ford pay the $28,075 punishment he received from the NFL for the block he committed.

Ford was the Bills’ starting right guard to begin the 2020 season. In Week 3, he started at left guard in place of Quinton Spain. For the next four games he played there, he got the nod in the starting lineup before missing the next three. Ford went on injured reserve on November 28 after tearing his meniscus in practice just before Week 12.

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