Bills newly signed TE Joe Klopfenstein was a small part of a tumultuous week at One Bills Drive, but this past Tuesday was a bizarre day for him.
Klopfenstein was already familiar with the pro personnel staff at One Bills Drive having worked out for them back in Week 2 when Derek Schouman had suffered a knee injury. At that time the Bills elected not to sign another tight end. The former 2nd-round pick of the Rams would work out for a handful of other teams before getting a call from the Bills when Derek Fine also found himself headed to injured reserve with a knee injury.
But Klopfenstein signed on Tuesday, literally at the exact same time the execution of Dick Jauron’s termination was taking place.
“It was a little strange,” Klopfenstein said. “Right when I sat down to sign my contract was when I was informed that they were making that move. So it was a little strange.”
Klopfenstein admits he doesn’t have a full grasp of the offense at this point so he’s not sure he’ll be active for today’s game, but with only two other healthy tight ends, the Bills coaching staff may have no choice, though they’ve entered games with just two tight ends this season.
“It’s all the same stuff, just different terminology,” said Klopfenstein of the offensive system. “If worse came to worse someone could tell me what to do and I could do it. I’m not sure what the extent of my play might be on Sunday.”
The tight end is also a backup on some special teams units. As for what he brings to the table, Klopfenstein feels he’s an all-around tight end.
“I feel like I’ve shown that I can be a three down tight end,” he said. “I can do a little bit of everything. Whatever role I need to fill here I feel I can do that.”
Klopfenstein felt forced out in St. Louis when a new coaching regime cleared several players that were signed or drafted by the previous coaching staff, including current Bills LB Chris Draft.
Always having high expectations as a second-round pick, Klopfenstein feels far more relaxed about just going out and playing rather than meeting expectations in a finite period of time.
“It’s definitely a fresh start and I don’t feel like I have a big weight on my shoulders,” he said. “All I need to do is go out and play football.”
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