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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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