ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Scott Chandler #84 of the Buffalo Bills catches a touchdown pass during an NFL game as Tyvon Branch #33 of the Oakland Raiders defends at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
After missing the Buffalo Bills' last two games (losses to San Diego and Miami) with an ankle injury, tight end Scott Chandler has been listed as probable for today's game against the Denver Broncos. As such, a healthy Chandler is our sleeper of the week in Buffalo.
While Chandler was out of the lineup, his replacements - Lee Smith (who is now on IR himself) and Mike Caussin - caught three passes for 19 yards, and were completely shut out in last week's loss to Miami. Chandler, who has brought life back to the tight end position in Buffalo, has been sorely missed in the Bills' passing attack. That was especially true in San Diego, when quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had arguably the worst game of his professional career.
How much has Chandler been missed? Smith and Caussin were targeted just five times in two games. Chandler isn't so much a frequently-targeted player in this offense, but when he does get looks, he's proven productive and highly reliable. It'll be good to see him back in the lineup against Denver today, and could be an oft-used safety valve for Fitzpatrick against a very good Broncos pass rush.