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Shuler release opens another roster spot

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2013 – 10:16 am

The release of TE Mickey Shuler has created another open roster spot.

Buffalo’s roster now stands at 87, leaving three vacancies for the camp roster. But as we reported yesterday GM Doug Whaley and head coach Doug Marrone have no intention to immediately fill out those vacancies.

Whaley said that they’d prefer to have openings to be used in the event of a rash of injuries at a position or if a player they’re interested in is suddenly released by another club.

The release of Shuler was likely linked to the health of TE Lee Smith. Buffalo signed Shuler not long after Smith was lost to a weight room injury in the spring practices. Now that he’s healthy and ready to go for training camp Shuler became the odd man out.

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New Bills TE hopes to be “all purpose”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 14, 2013 – 9:30 pm

The newest member of the Buffalo Bills hopes he can do a little bit of everything at the tight end position. Mickey Shuler was claimed off the waiver wire by the Bills late Tuesday and he’s expected to arrive at One Bills Drive Wednesday afternoon.

As he heads into his fourth year in the NFL, Shuler has only appeared in six NFL regular season games. That came in his rookie year, with Miami.

Appearing on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, Shuler said he doesn’t want to be pigeon-holed as a “blocking” tight end or a “receiving” tight end. He wants to do it all.

“I’m both,” he said. “I try to be able to do a little of each, being able to block and being able to run, read defenses, get open, catch the ball, run after the catch. I’m not one dimensional. I wouldn’t classify myself as a receiver or a blocker. I’m an old school tight end. There’s not that many left, it seems like. Everyone’s got one or the other, but that’s what I try to pride myself—get down in the trenches and be able to block and get with the receivers and be able to catch.”

Shuler grew up with an in-house role model of an all purpose NFL tight end. His father, Mickey Shuler, was a former third round pick who played 12 -years wiht the New York Jets as part of a 14-year pro football career. The younger Shuler says he learned from his dad how important it is to be a well-rounded part of the offense.

“I know he was the tight end that could block and he was a pretty good receiver, ” Shuler told host John Murphy. “He raised me to be that same type of player. I would definitely try to emulate him.”

The entire interview with Bills Tight End Mickey Shuler is available here

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Shuler excited about a fresh start with Bills

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 14, 2013 – 8:39 pm

Tight End Mickey Shuler has bounced around as he enters his fourth year in the NFL. When the Bills claimed Shuler off the waiver wire and were awarded his rights Tuesday, Buffalo became his fourth stop in the NFL.

Shuler entered the league as a 7th round pick of the Vikings in 2010. He’s played with Minnesota, Miami, Minnesota again, and then Oakland since then.

In an appearance on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, Shuler said he found out about his release from the Raiders over the weekend.

“Yeah, I wasn’t expecting that,” Shuler said. “I flew into Pennsylvania for a wedding, and Im getting back on the plane flying back to Oakland from Pennsylvania Sunday night, and I got the call and they said they were releasing me on Monday. So yeah, it was a bit of a surprise.”

Shuler has only played in six NFL games, and that came in his rookie year in 2010 with the Dolphins. He’s hoping he gets a chance to get back on the field with the Bills and settle in to an NFL career.

“Every time you get another opportunity it’s a blessing,” he told host John Murphy. “It’s not easy on your stress level. Your family, my wife, it’s hard on everyone. As long as you keep getting a shot to play this game, a kid’s game, and get a chance to get paid to do it, I’m going to keep doing it.”

Shuler expects to arrive at the Bills complex by Wednesday afternoon. The entire interview with new Bills Tight End Mickey Shuler is available here

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