Posts Tagged ‘Tight Ends’

Sophomore Spotlight: Chris Gragg

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Chris Gragg didn’t see much playing time in his rookie season. Will he take on a bigger role in 2014? (Photo: Mark Konezny — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills’ seventh-round pick (No. 222 overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft, Chris Gragg had trouble staying on the field at Arkansas and didn’t get on the field much for the Bills as a rookie. Seventh round draft picks aren’t guaranteed of a roster spot, but Gragg has athleticism one can’t teach and a skill set that complements fellow Bills tight ends Scott Chandler and Lee Smith well.

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Seven Takeaways from Buffalo Bills’ Pre-Draft Visits

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills used almost a quarter of their pre-draft visits to interview potential early-round receiving targets like Texas A&M’s Mike Evans. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Since the beginning of April, the Buffalo Bills have hosted 29 potential selections in this year’s NFL draft on official visits with the team. It appears as though the team is not using its 30th allotted visit, as Sunday was the NFL’s deadline for pre-draft visitors.

As the team had a finite limit of how many players it could bring to One Bills Drive, the visits list gives a telling indication of what the Bills could be looking for in this year’s draft.

It gives us a better indication of which positions the Bills are looking to draft than it does which players they will actually select. While Buffalo only drafted two of its pre-draft visitors last year—Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel and Clemson safety Jonathan Meeks—its six picks in the first five rounds all came from positions at which the team hosted at least five prospects (quarterbacks, wide receiver, linebacker, safety).

With that in mind, we can get a good idea of what positions Buffalo is looking to upgrade in this year’s draft, what type of players they are looking for at those positions, and more.

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2014 NFL Scouting Combine Impressions: Day 1 (Offensive Line, Tight Ends)

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson was among the Day 1 standouts of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The on-field portion of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine got underway Saturday morning in Indianapolis with workouts by the offensive linemen and tight ends.

The overall athleticism of offensive linemen has seemingly increased each year, and the 2014 class continued that trend with its impressive showing today.

The tight ends were underwhelming as a whole, with a mix of positive and negative notes to surround each player as none of them were able to put together a complete day.

Following my observations, you can also find a few additional notes from BBD editor Dan Hope, along with a link to full combine results.

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Eric Ebron vs. Jace Amaro vs. Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Who is the 2014 NFL Draft’s Best Tight End?

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Eric Ebron is the most explosive playmaker among tight ends in the 2014 draft class, but is the best all-around player at the position? (Photo: Liz Condo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

With the continued emergence of star tight ends like Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, and Jordan Cameron, NFL teams are seeing the value of having a playmaking tight end to round out their offensive schemes. Having a big-bodied, reliable pass-catching target at tight end is especially important to help teams with young quarterbacks, like the Buffalo Bills, in their development and long term success.

Fortunately for teams like the Bills who could be in the market for a tight end upgrade, this year’s draft class is full of opportunities to draft a tight end with star potential.

Though they might not agree on how to rank the three, most draft prognosticators agree that the top trio of tight end prospects in the 2014 draft class are North Carolina’s Eric Ebron (6’4’’, 245 lbs), Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro (6’5’’, 260 lbs) and Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6’6’’, 276 lbs).

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2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Fullbacks and Tight Ends

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Scott Chandler’s health will be crucial to the team’s depth chart at tight end. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The American Buffalo was at risk of becoming endangered. Fullbacks on the Buffalo Bills can relate, as the team hasn’t utilized the position consistently in years.

Former Bills fullback Corey McIntyre had just nine carries over the course of the last five years in which he was the Bills’ fullback.

The tight end position, however, has potential under new Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. The Chan Gailey regime utilized the position more than the last few coaching staffs and in 2013 I’m cautiously optimistic about the position.

Let’s take a closer look at the Bills’ tight ends and fullbacks and how they could perform in 2013.

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