Inside The Bills

4 wide makes TEs traditional

Posted by Chris Brown on June 9, 2011 – 8:08 am

The Bills made heavy use of their four wide sets on offense in the second half of last season with the emergence of players like David Nelson, Donald Jones and Naaman Roosevelt, following the season-ending injury to Roscoe Parrish. What that also did was limit the number of opportunities for Buffalo’s tight ends in the passing game, since they weren’t on the field. But Bills tight ends coach Bob Bicknell effectively explains what can be done to combat that challenge.

“It’s always a challenge,” said Bicknell of getting everyone involved in an offense. “It’s a challenge for (the tight ends) and I try to help them with that challenge where they can get on the field and have production. We’ve found some good receivers and we use the tight end a lot of different ways so it’s not always going to be about them catching the ball, and sometimes when they’re called on to make the big play they’ve got to make it.”

Last season the tight ends fit more of a traditional tight end role, on the line next to the tackle. The only tight end with game breaking route running ability that cold be split wide in a four wide set, Shawn Nelson, missed most of the season last year due to suspension and a bout with migraines.

Bicknell, who provides insight on the outlook for late season pickup Scott Chandler heading into 2011 in our home page feature today (Thursday) is confident that if his group of tight ends does what they’re called upon to do from coach Gailey and the offensive  staff that opportunities will develop down the line. 

“It’s a challenge, but we’ve got good kids in here that only ask what their job is and what they have to do,” he said. “All of the other stuff will come if they continue to do their job on the field.”

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