Offensive line must protect Losman

As another NFL season approaches, Scouts Inc. breaks down every roster and offers position-by-position breakdowns.

The Bills gambled when they traded up for J.P. Losman in the first round of the 2004 draft. They also gambled when they made Drew Bledsoe a cap-casualty in the 2005 offseason, effectively handing over the starting quarterback job to Losman. Now it's time to see if the gamble pays off.

Losman has a rifle for an arm and his athletic ability should help ease the transition as a rookie, as he's able to create things with his feet that many young quarterbacks are unable to perform. However, his inexperience, inconsistency, lack of ideal size, durability and questionable leadership skills are reason for concern. Reports from Bills' camp all seem positive in terms of Losman's progress and work ethic so far but the verdict is still very much out.

Kelly Holcomb is an eight-year NFL veteran quarterback who has spent most of his career as a backup and was signed by the Bills to be exactly that in 2005. However, considering the uncertainties surrounding Losman, it wouldn't shock us a bit if Holcomb wound up starting several games for the team this season. Holcomb has had a serious shoulder injury and cracked ribs that cost him significant playing time with the Browns the past two seasons. Healthy and with fresh scenery in Buffalo, Holcomb is thriving in camp.