Posts Tagged ‘Tight Ends’

Buffalo Bills Select Clemson LB Tony Steward, Florida State TE Nick O’Leary in Round 6

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
The Buffalo Bills added another weapon to their offense by drafting Nick O'Leary with one of their two sixth-round picks. (Photo: Rich Barnes — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills added another weapon to their offense by drafting Nick O’Leary with one of their two sixth-round picks. (Photo: Rich Barnes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

When the Buffalo Bills traded for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel in March, they sent the No. 137 overall pick in the draft—which they had previously acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—and a 2016 seventh-round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Cassel and a sixth-round pick. That sixth-round pick, No. 188 overall, gave the Bills two selections in Round 6, the only round in the 2015 NFL draft (barring a trade for an additional seventh-round pick) in which they have multiple draft choices.

The Bills used the No. 188 overall selection to select Tony Steward, a linebacker from Clemson. Six picks later, the Bills used the No. 194 overall selection to select Nick O’Leary, a tight end from Florida State.

Through six rounds, the Bills have made five selections in total, and every single one of them has been from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Three of those five players—O’Leary, second-round pick Ronald Darby and fifth-round pick Karlos Williams—played their college football for the Seminoles.

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Buffalo Bills Sign Tight End Charles Clay

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Unless the Miami Dolphins change their minds and match Buffalo's offer, Charles Clay will be the Bills' new tight end. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

Unless the Miami Dolphins change their minds and match Buffalo’s offer, Charles Clay will be the Bills’ new tight end. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

After a days-long impasse that spawned hashtags (#ClayWatch) and even Twitter handles (@HasClaySigned), the Buffalo Bills finally submitted their offer sheet for transition-tagged Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay on Tuesday evening, according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News.

(UPDATE, Thursday p.m.: Clay’s signing has been officially announced by the Bills, as the Dolphins have elected not to re-sign him.)

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Buffalo Bills Release Scott Chandler; Will Charles Clay Replace Him at Tight End?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
Scott Chandler's run with the Buffalo Bills came to an end Wednesday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

Scott Chandler’s run with the Buffalo Bills came to an end Wednesday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Expected to have to make some tough decisions in order to free up salary cap space, the Buffalo Bills made one Wednesday afternoon, releasing tight end Scott Chandler after five seasons with the team.

In five years with the Bills, Chandler caught 182 passes for 2,120 yards and 17 touchdowns. For 2014, his 47 receptions for 497 yards and three touchdowns ranked him fourth on the team in each category. Releasing him, however, saves the team $2.25 million in cap room this season, according to Spotrac’s contract data.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: Julius Thomas

Thursday, February 12th, 2015
If the Buffalo Bills are willing to spend big on a free-agent tight end, they might be able to lure Julius Thomas away from the Denver Broncos. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

If the Buffalo Bills are willing to spend big on a free-agent tight end, they might be able to lure Julius Thomas away from the Denver Broncos. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

This article is a part of a series on potential free-agent targets for the Buffalo Bills this offseason.

When the NFL free agency period begins in March, Julius Thomas of the Denver Broncos will be the most coveted tight end of the class. It’s no secret he’s in line for a substantial pay increase after racking up 24 receiving touchdowns over the last two seasons and becoming an integral part of the Denver offense.

The Broncos have until February 16 to use their franchise tag and if they do not use it on Thomas, there is a great chance he hits the open market and sets off a bidding war.

Since 2013, Julius Thomas has caught 72 percent of the passes thrown his way and has averaged one reception and thirteen receiving yards more per game than any tight end on the Bills roster. He has hauled in nearly one touchdown per game (0.92 per game, to be exact) in that same time frame. Those numbers might not jump out at you, but apply that increase in production to each Bills game and it could make a huge difference.

A part of Thomas’ success can be attributed to playing with Peyton Manning and a stockpile of weapons in Denver,  like outside receivers Demariyus Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. It also has a lot to do with the tight end’s great ball skills and large frame, which has made the former Portland State University basketball star a top red zone target.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: Jermaine Gresham

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Jermaine Gresham is a potential tight end upgrade the Buffalo Bills could pursue in free agency this offseason. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Jermaine Gresham is a potential tight end upgrade the Buffalo Bills could pursue in free agency this offseason. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

This article is a part of a series on potential free-agent targets for the Buffalo Bills this offseason.

The Buffalo Bills have a number of positional needs on their roster and with no first-round pick in this May’s NFL draft, they should be very active when the free agency period begins on March 10. Having already signed controversial veteran guard Richie Incognito to bolster their offensive line, it seems there is no move this front office won’t make to improve its team.

The tight end position in Buffalo has lacked an athletic playmaker at the spot for some time now. This year’s deep crop of free agent talent at the position is interesting. Current Cincinnati Bengals pass-catcher Jermaine Gresham looks to be headed for the open market and would seemingly be in Buffalo’s wheelhouse to make an offer.

An injury replacement in the 2011 and 2012 Pro Bowls, Gresham is a talented tight end who is a good blocker and is familiar with cold weather, having played the first five years of his NFL career in Ohio. He has accumulated at least 50 receptions in four of his five NFL seasons and has good speed for the position.

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