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TE Smith to have bigger role

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2011 – 2:54 pm

With veteran TE David Martin released to make room for CB Terrence Wheatley on the active roster, rookie TE Lee Smith will step into a bigger role on game days.

Martin had been serving as the team’s primary blocking tight end, but now that he’s no longer on the roster that duty will fall to Smith. Smith (6’5″ 270) was picked up off waivers from New England at the start of the regular season.

Now that he’s been around a month, he’s likely comfortable enough to execute a game plan on a Sunday. With Scott Chandler the only other tight end on the roster, it’s likely that Smith will be active on Sunday. Smith has been inactive each of the first three games.

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Shawn Nelson still not ready

Posted by Chris Brown on August 7, 2011 – 4:58 pm

TE Shawn Nelson has been a spectator for most of the week after sustaining an injury Monday at the tail end of a run play, and head coach Chan Gailey doesn’t expect him back before mid-week at best.

“He pulled a muscle and he’s probably going to be a couple or three more days at least,” said Gailey.

Nelson will have missed a week of camp by the time he comes back, possibly more, and Scott Chandler and Mike Caussin are turning in plays in the passing game each day. With veteran David Martin also in the fold, Nelson is going to have some ground to make up when he returns.

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WR Nelson, TE Martin back

Posted by Chris Brown on August 6, 2011 – 6:16 pm

The Bills got a pair of offensive players back here at practice Saturday night.

WR David Nelson and TE David Martin returned from injuries and are participating in the early stages of practice. We’ll let you know if they’re limited in any way a bit later.

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TE Martin to miss day or 2

Posted by Chris Brown on August 4, 2011 – 8:58 pm

Bills TE David Martin was one of the non-participants tonight. Head coach Chan Gailey indicated he might miss a little more time.

“He had a little something with his toe and it’s going to take him another day or so, but it’s really no big deal,” said Gailey. “He’ll be back.”

Martin was standing out on the sidelines watching the entire practice. If his toe injury was significant the athletic trainers likely would not have let him stand out and watch the two-hour workout.

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Non-participants at practice

Posted by Chris Brown on August 4, 2011 – 6:54 pm

Here are the non-participants at practice Thursday night.

David Martin, Shawn Nelson and Kelvin Sheppard.

Marcus Easley has a helmet on, but no shoulder pads and just shorts. He hasn’t participated, but he’s watching with the rest of his teammates. Perhaps he will do work on the side. We’ll keep you posted.

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TE role more prominent?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2010 – 1:02 pm

Buffalo’s tight ends have taken a bit of back seat in terms of a role in the team’s passing game. Head coach Chan Gailey has favored more three and four wide looks with receivers on offense. Jonathan Stupar factored in a bit more and successfully so last week. Gailey left it open as to what the immediate future holds for his tight ends with respect to their passing game.

“I think it’s different week in and week out,” Gailey said. “We have different packages in for the tight ends each week. Obviously Stupar made a couple of big plays for us last week, one in particular right before half. The guys have played their role pretty well. We just haven’t asked a lot of them. We haven’t done a lot with them.

“We had them do a little more last week and we’ll see how the season plays out, whether or not they continue to be a little bit more involved. I think (Scott) Chandler has a chance to be a help for us as well.”

Chandler was picked up by the Bills off waivers two weeks ago from Dallas. GM Buddy Nix has a firm working knowledge of Chandler’s abilities having drafted him for San Diego in 2007. He’s seen primarily as a solid blocker, with some receiving ability that can be further developed.

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Jersey numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2010 – 8:10 am

Here are the new jersey numbers for newly signed TE David Martin and G Kraig Urbik.

Martin will wear 80 while Urbik will wear 60.

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