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Chandler to get playing time Friday

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2013 – 11:58 pm

Bills TE Scott Chandler was held out of the first preseason game as a precautionary measure coming off ACL reconstruction just eight months ago. But he’ll get some playing time Friday night against the Vikings.

That according to head coach Doug Marrone, who said he’ll have Chandler on a pitch count.

“I believe Scott Chandler will get some reps barring anything happening between now and (Friday night),” said Marrone. “So you’ll see him in there.”

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Getting feel for Chandler limited by reps

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2013 – 2:48 pm

Bills TE Scott Chandler has made an impressive recovery from ACL surgery this past January. After missing all the spring practices the time period in which to make an evaluation on what Chandler does best in Nathaniel Hackett’s offense was shortened to just training camp and the preseason. Chandler was held out of the first preseason game, and his reps have been closely monitored in practice. It’s left the offensive coaches still evaluating how and where to best make use of Chandler’s talents.

“I think right now with where Chandler’s at, he’s done such a great job of getting back early, I think any time we get him out there it’s a bonus for everybody,” said Hackett, choosing to focus on the positive. “I think we’re never going to be in that situation where we’ve had enough because he hasn’t been out there 100 percent of the time but he’s coming along good also and we just have to try to keep increasing him, keep increasing him and see kind of that relationship with the quarterbacks and him. He’s come along nicely and I’m excited that he’s come back so early.”

Chandler did not dress for last Sunday’s preseason opener. Whether he dresses for Friday’s game won’t be announced by coach Marrone until after Wednesday night’s practice at the earliest. 

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Tight end play time with Chandler absent

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2013 – 12:09 pm

The Bills did not have Scott Chandler make the trip to Indianapolis in the preseason opener as a precaution with the top tight end coming off ACL surgery in the offseason. Mike Caussin was also out with a hip injury. Here’s how the playing time for those behind him on the depth chart played out Sunday against the Colts.

Chris Gragg – 57 plays
Nick Provo – 32 plays
Lee Smith – 16 plays
Dorin Dickerson – 15 plays

Seeing the rookie Gragg get the most time is not very surprising. He had a pair of receptions for 14 yards in the game, which might not seem like much until you realize that he was asked to run block on 27 plays. Clearly the coaches wanted to get a gauge on his run blocking.


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No reps for C.J. in live scrimmage

Posted by Chris Brown on August 5, 2013 – 4:59 pm

The Bills are going to be smart with a few of their players in tonight’s live scrimmage portion of practice meaning a couple of their more notable players will not be participating.

Among them is C.J. Spiller, who will not get any work in the live scrimmage. He’ll participate in the portions of practice prior to the live scrimmage work, but not the plays that involve tackling to the ground.

Also not playing in the live scrimmage portion of practice are Scott Chandler and Mario Williams. Chandler is coming off a long offseason rehab and his reps in regular practice has been closely monitored. Williams is just working his way back into the practice setting coming off a sore foot.

Here is the list of injured players that will not suit up at all here on Monday night.

Stevie Johnson
Kevin Elliott
Justin Rogers
Duke Williams
Chris Hairston
Mike Caussin
Kyle Williams

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Chandler with another off day

Posted by Chris Brown on August 4, 2013 – 2:40 pm

Bills TE Scott Chandler is doing work on the side.

Chandler, who is coming off of ACL surgery is being very careful in monitoring his work.

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Designed rest day for Chandler

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2013 – 3:56 pm

Bills TE Scott Chandler looked good in practice the first three days of training camp, but on Wednesday he was on the side working with the strength and conditioning staff. Head coach Doug Marrone explained the situation with the incumbent starting tight end, who is coming off ACL reconstruction.

“What we did with Scott is we built in rest days for him in his return,” said Marrone. “Wednesday was a built in rest day so he gets extra rest tomorrow with the players having the day off and then bringing him back.”

Marrone says they’ve planned out these down days for players coming off rehab assignments don’t get overworked and tax joints like a knee in Chandler’s case when it might not quite have the full endurance built up in it yet.

“With all players that come back from injury you have to watch that when you come back there’s a certain point of strengthening and I think that he felt good. Then obviously he felt a little lack of strength there and he’s been pushing really hard,” Marrone said. “We knew we had the built in rest day. We’ve talked about it before if you don’t feel good, let’s be smart in training camp.”

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Mario, Chandler working on side

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2013 – 8:44 am

Mario Williams did walk through, then the stationary bike is now doing strength work with a strength and conditioning coaches. Scott Chandler is with them.

It looks like it might be a day away from practice for Chandler, who went the first 3 days full go. We’ll get official confirmation from head coach Doug Marrone after practice.

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Chandler had calendar dates circled

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2013 – 12:13 am

Bills TE Scott Chandler had a very encouraging first day back on the practice since he tore his ACL last December. From the time he had surgery Chandler had an eye on training camp for his return.

“I always wanted to be ready for the first game,” Chandler said. “If I could be ready for training camp, I thought I would be better in the first game. That’s what I’m looking towards. I want to be as good as I can when we play the Patriots (in Week One).”

Head coach Doug Marrone said Chandler’s workload was scaled back a bit, but for Chandler who had done nothing all spring it felt like a lot.

“This is the most I’ve done in a while,” he said. “This is the first time that I have gotten my hands on somebody and blocked them, and the first time I’ve run a route against somebody. But it felt good. It’s what I expected and hopefully I can get out here and continue to build on that.”


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Chandler eager to be go-to guy

Posted by Chris Brown on July 5, 2013 – 9:19 am

Scott Chandler was a go-to guy for former Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, as evidenced by his 12 touchdown receptions the past two seasons. Now he has the challenge of convincing not one, but two new quarterbacks that he can be the same reliable target for them.

As we profiled in our Top 25 Questions until Training Camp today, Chandler has to try to blend in quickly after not taking part in any of the team segments of practice in the spring.

“You want to be the guy that those guys are able to rely on in any situation,” said Chandler. “Obviously I want to get out there and show them that they can throw it up and I’m not going to let the defender get it. I’m going to go get it.”

Chandler is expected to be full go from the start of training camp, perhaps taking a day off every three or four days of practice.

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Chandler determined to be ready

Posted by Chris Brown on July 1, 2013 – 10:29 am

The original hope was that TE Scott Chandler would be full go for the start of the regular season in September, but his remarkable recovery from ACL surgery has him a month ahead of schedule. As we profile in Bills Focus on today, he’ll be set for the start of training camp. His only concern is being properly conditioned for the speed at which the offense is going to operate.

“My guess I’m not just going to go in there all the way,” Chandler told of his participation in camp practices. “I’m just worried about getting my lungs in shape and my legs. That’s what this next month and a half is for. It’s not vacation. It’s nothing like that. I’m going to be working just as hard as I have been and I’m going to be ready to go.”

Chandler said the only possible restriction come training camp for him is he’ll be given a rest day every three or four practices as a precaution.

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Chandler participating

Posted by Chris Brown on June 11, 2013 – 3:06 pm

On the first day of mandatory minicamp TE Scott Chandler is participating in practice.

Just five months removed from reconstructive ACL surgery the recovery is impressive. He only did individual position drills. Here are some other players participating who we’re rehabbing through most of the OTAs.

WR Marcus Easley
OL Zebrie Sanders
DE Mark Anderson

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Chandler’s progress good sign for offense

Posted by Chris Brown on May 23, 2013 – 2:02 pm

Bills TE Scott Chandler is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the penultimate game of the 2012 season, but five months to the day Chandler was on the practice field following the team’s OTA workout, running routes and catching passes. It’s an encouraging sign for Buffalo’s passing game as Chandler’s production largely flew under the radar.

Chandler not only tied for second on the team in receptions with 43, but he was also second behind just Stevie Johnson in receiving yards (571) and was tied with Johnson for most receiving touchdowns with six.

Knowing Buffalo will be plugging in new players to replace the likes of Donald Jones and David Nelson at wideout, having Chandler to pair with Johnson from the very start of the season will offer the new offense two valuable building blocks instead of just one.

As it stands right now Chandler is likely to be a participant in practice right from the start of training camp.

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Davis doesn’t mind presence of Chandler

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2013 – 12:14 pm

Free agent tight end Fred Davis, who said he’ll be visiting the Bills Thursday, is well aware that the Bills have a capable starting tight end in Scott Chandler on the roster. Much like Davis, Chandler is coming off major offseason surgery. Chandler is coming off an ACL repair, while Davis had his ruptured Achilles re-attached. But Davis likes the idea of the two of them together on the field.

Appearing on PFC radio Wednesday, Davis was asked about the presence of Chandler on Buffalo’s roster and how it was explained to him by the Bills brass in his dinner with them last weekend.

“(I felt good about) just the conversation we had and the offense with what we would do if I was there,” Davis said. “Me and Chandler together if he comes back healthy I’m sure there would be a lot of two tight end sets. I saw what he did making plays and scoring touchdowns. He’s the red zone man up there.”

Davis also knows the Bills are likely to draft a quarterback and sees that development as a good thing for a tight end too. 

“The offense that they’re running, it’s very tight end friendly and if you add a rookie QB the tight end is the safety net,” said Davis. “So there would be a lot of opportunities and whoever the other tight end would be.”

Davis said more than once that he’s not looking to be a star addition, just a contributor wherever he lands in the free agent market.

“If I can help and be a piece to the puzzle, that’s all that really matters to me,” he said. “I’m not a big town guy, what matters to me is being on a good team with good people around you with good coaches that can help you win.”

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McKelvin like butter on a roll in Bracketology

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on March 21, 2013 – 9:25 am


After cleaning up in the 1st round last week, Leodis McKelvin’s primetime punt return did it again yesterday against a Donald Jones TD. In what was predicted to be a close game between a No. 4 and No. 5 seed, McKelvin finished with 88% of the vote.

With the hardwood tournament tipping off this afternoon, Bills Bracketology will only pick up steam. Today, it’s Jairus Byrd’s diving interception under the bright Thursday night lights at the Ralph against a tricky Scott Chandler endzone grab against the Patriots.

Who will heat it up today? VOTE NOW!

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Bills Bracketology weekend recap

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on March 18, 2013 – 9:49 am


It was all offense all weekend in Bills Bracketology as Scott Chandler’s endzone jump ball and C.J.’s long run for the TD beat out defensive plays by Kyle Williams and Mario Williams.

As expected, the 7 vs. 10 seed game came down to the wire. The 7th seeded Chandler TD eked out the win with 57% of the vote to Mario Williams’ 43%. Chandler will go on to play the perennially tough Jairus Byrd and his primetime pick in the 2nd round of Bills Bracketology, which starts tomorrow.

The C.J. Spiller win was an upset as his 11th seeded 66-yard touchdown run beat Kyle Williams’ 6th seeded sack over Kansas City. C.J. will advance and play the winner of today’s No. 3 vs. No. 14 seed game: a C.J. TD run against the Jets vs. a Bryan Scott interception for a touchdown. Will we see a C.J. vs. C.J. battle in the 2nd round? VOTE NOW!

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TEs Eifert & Ertz posting numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2013 – 1:15 pm

Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert and Stanford TE Zach Ertz are widely considered the top two tight end prospects in the draft class. They’re living up to their billing in the workout drills thus far here at the NFL Combine.

Eifert had an eye-popping 35.5 inch vertical and a 9’11″ broad jump. He also pumped out 22 reps on the bench.

Ertz had Eifert beat on the bench with 24 reps, but was a bit behind in the vertical (30.5″) and broad jump (9’3″).

Another TE putting in a solid workout is Rice’s Vance McDonald. He’s got the high in his position group for bench press with 31 reps and matched Eifert in the broad jump (9’11″). He has not yet attempted the vertical leap.

Buffalo GM Buddy Nix said tight end is a need position for the Bills due to the uncertainty of Scott Chandler coming off ACL surgery at the end of the regular season.

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Chandler ACL forcing Bills hand

Posted by Chris Brown on February 21, 2013 – 12:56 pm

When Scott Chandler sustained an ACL tear late last season against the Miami Dolphins, it added a need to Buffalo’s list heading into the offseason.

Bills GM Buddy Nix, who acknowledged last week that tight end was on their list of positions to address, admitted in an appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550 that tight end is one position where reinforcements are needed.

“Certainly tight end is a concern because a guy gets an ACL at the end of the year like Scott (Chandler) did and it limits your time for rehab and you don’t know how strong that guy will come back,” said Nix. “We’ve got three or four guys on the roster, but we’re definitely looking to add somebody at tight end if we can.”

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TE class saved by juniors

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2013 – 9:15 am

Tight end is a position that Bills GM Buddy Nix added to the team’s ‘want list’ earlier this week with respect to the draft this spring due mainly to the uncertainty of Scott Chandler’s availability come the start of the regular season after he sustained a torn ACL at the end of the season. Fortunately for the Bills what looked like a weak tight end class was saved by the juniors that declared early this year.

“It’s a pretty good year because of the juniors,” said ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper. “Had it not been for the juniors it would’ve been awful. With (Notre Dame’s) Tyler Eifert and (Stanford’s) Zach Ertz, Jordan Reed out of Florida, Dion Sims out of Michigan State has made it a good tight end crop at the top. Gavin Escobar out of San Diego State is another good underclassman. Levine Toilolo from Stanford is coming out early. Travis Kelce is the top senior in my opinion from Cincinnati. Vance McDonald from Rice deserves to be in the discussion.

“So it’s become a pretty good tight end group because of the juniors. Chris Gragg out of Arkansas had he stayed healthy all year would’ve been in the mix. Joseph Fauria the kid out of UCLA and Ryan Otten out of San Jose State are two guys to watch for late. Phillip Lutzenkirchen with the injury out of Auburn is a versatile kid that can help you. Lucas Reed at New Mexico can catch the football. Jack Doyle out of Western Kentucky has ability. So there are going to be an awful lot of tight ends looked at, but the junior influence at the top are the reason why tight end is pretty doggone good.”

That’s good news for Buffalo, who is looking for a young prospect that could help stem the tide at the position until Chanadler is ready again.

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Bills add 2 at positions with uncertainty

Posted by Chris Brown on January 16, 2013 – 10:03 am

sawyer-ellis-storyThe Bills two reserve future signings Wednesday were made at positions that have questions heading into the 2013 season.

Buffalo signed TE Joe Sawyer and FS Dominique Ellis. Sawyer, a former undrafted signing of the Green Bay Packers in 2010. He’s since worked out for Oakland and San Francisco this past year. He played his college ball at Southwestern Oklahoma St. He’s 6’3″ 270 and is 26-years old. He’s got some athleticism as evidenced by this YouTube video of one of his workouts, which includes some pass catching work.

The reason the tight end position is a question mark heading into next season is because it’s uncertain as to whether Scott Chandler will be ready for the start of the regular season. He just had surgery to repair a torn ACL last week. Knowing rehab is typically 8-9 months it’s almost certain he won’t be participating in training camp. That leaves Buffalo with Lee Smith and Dorin Dickerson at the position from the 2012 roster. Mike Caussin was on I-R.

Meanwhile Dominique Ellis out of South Carolina State, was an undrafted free agent with the Chiefs last season. He played free safety in college and has 4.55 speed. Free safety is another position that has some uncertainty knowing Jairus Byrd is set to become an unrestricted free agent in mid-March.

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TE Chandler having surgery Thurs.

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2013 – 11:06 am

Bills TE Scott Chandler is having ACL surgery today coming off the Week 16 knee injury he sustained against the Dolphins. He appeared on the John Murphy Show Tuesday evening to discuss his upcoming procedure.

“I’m doing well right now,” Chandler told Murphy. “I’ve got surgery scheduled for Thursday so I won’t be going along so well after that. But I’m anxious to get it done and get back on the road to recovery and be ready to go next year.”

Chandler said there isn’t anything complicated about his surgery.

“It’s a pretty straightforward ACL from what I understand,” he said. “You trust that those guys know what they’re doing and I’m going to do everything I can to be ready as soon as I can. The onus is on the guy doing the recovery so I’ll be working hard at it and hopefully be back out there.”

The full interview begins at the 20 minute mark of the audio archive of the show (above).

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